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12 Powerful Words for Children

The 12 words below are valuable for children to know and do when asked (no matter their age). As students, they will be asked to do these things many times, so it is always helpful when parents use the same words at home. Parents may also find that using these words when talking with your child will make conversations more interesting.

1. Prioritize: list in order based on criteria

2. Analyze: break apart

3. Infer: read between the lines

4. Evaluate: judge

5. Formulate: create

6. Describe: tell all about

7. Support: back up with details

8. Explain: tell how

9. Summarize: give me the short version

10. Compare: all the ways they are alike

11. Contrast: all the ways they are different

12. Predict: what will happen next

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