Free Vocabulary List for 7-Year-Old Kids


Receptive vs. Expressive Vocabulary

Seven-year-olds are right at the edge of heavy dependence and are moving towards becoming independent. Because of this, it is a valuable time to promote and grow your child’s vocabulary.

We will provide you with a list of vocabulary words that are age appropriate for your 7-year-old as well as break down why 7 is such a significant age to develop a child’s vocabulary.

When discussing vocabulary, it is important that you understand what vocabulary means. 

Vocabulary: the body of words that a person knows. This is the strict definition of the term. The words that you know make up your vocabulary.

However, understanding simply what the word vocabulary means doesn’t fully explain the term, especially when talking about children learning new vocabulary.

Vocabulary can be broken up into two broad categories: Receptive and Expressive. Receptive vocabulary is the vocabulary that you can understand when you hear it or read it. Expressive vocabulary is the pool of words that you can use to express yourself. 

A seven-year-olds’ receptive vocabulary is much larger than their expressive vocabulary. They can understand anywhere between 20,000 to 30,000 words, but can probably only speak 3,000 to 4,000 of them.

Furthermore, just because they can understand a word when hearing it doesn’t mean they can read the word. And just because they can say the word doesn’t mean they can spell the word. 

When using this vocabulary list be aware of all these facets of language. When adding in the concept of verbal and textual words with the concept of receptive and expressive vocabulary, you actually end up with four categories of vocabulary: Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking.

We will split the vocabulary words into these categories. You don’t need to feel that your child should be able to spell all the words on all the lists. If you can get them to that point, then even better, but overall they should be able to use the words in each category as that category implies that your child is on pace as fas as their expressive vocabulary goes. 

While any of these categories can be extended individually, it is likely that any increase in one category will result in an increase in some of the other categories. The Verbal and Textual categories are often closely connected.

Why is 7 Years Old a Good Age to Teach Vocabulary?

Vocabulary serves as the building blocks to learning a language. There is a strong connection between a child’s vocabulary and their reading comprehension. Furthermore, reading comprehension and vocabulary both seem to connect to a child’s general intelligence and critical thinking. 

Seven is the perfect age to start teaching vocabulary as they have likely just entered school and are going to need to communicate more. The faster that this process begins, the better, as by the third grade, children are already learning through reading.

So, having an advanced vocabulary when they are younger will increase your child’s reading and retention skills when they are there and it is a significant part of their learning.

Developmentally, after a child has turned six, they reach a stage of rapid vocabulary expansion–learning 5 to 10 words per day. Because of this rapid learning rate, introducing more words into the vocabulary can greatly strengthen their bank of collected words and give them a leg up in their school classes.

How to Increase a 7-Year-old’s Vocabulary

Language stems from social interactions in which the need to communicate drives development.

Lev Vygotsky

In order to increase a child’s vocabulary, they are going to need to want to have their vocabulary increased. This can be done in several ways. Reading is one of the most frequently used ways to get a child’s vocabulary to increase.

The drive of a story and our natural curiosity to want to know what comes next lead the child to want to learn the words that are on the page. 

To induce this desire you will want to read to your children. Often reading a story that is too complicated for the child to read on their own will push the child to want to learn more words.

Additionally, they will pick up some of the words that are being read into their own vocabulary. If a child can see the words that you are reading this can extend to their textual vocabulary as well as their verbal vocabulary. 

 Music is another strong way to increase a child’s vocabulary. Music is a lot easier to remember than a page of words. This is partially due to the multiple parts of the brain that music activates.

As such, a child can often learn the words to a song without knowing what they mean. You will want to teach your kids the meaning of these words.

This concept of learning words from music without learning their meaning can be seen in people that don’t understand a language being able to sing songs in those languages they don’t know.

This is a disconnect between the receptive and expressive categories of vocabulary.

Speaking Vocabulary Words

thego in 
is meto
can ityou
seemysaid
havegetnot
weandlike
didrunfor
wasonat
asofif
areafterall
amanimalaway
beaboutbest
bigwhitehelp
wellbringbetter
areaboybut
can’tcarcome
daydodown
eatfriendfrom
furgrewgive
goodhadhole
hasbeforeher
herehimhis
househowlittle
lokmademake
newnowno
offoldout
overplayran
myselfonlycompare
beforefieldcertain
sawthingschool
shesometell
thatthemthere
theythiswould
motherusup
wantwhenwhy
wherewhatwent
whowillwith
yourwerewhere
wearorone
girluseeach
theirwhichthese
twobeenword
quietrightparty
islandsurfaceland
pleasemany into 
number  closecould
youngfamilycolor
earlyeightdrink
kindhurtidea
nextstartend

Reading Vocabulary Words

theorof
oneandhad
abyto
inisyou
thatwordsaid
butnotwhat
allwerehe 
was forthere
useaneach
whichshedo
howtheyhis
withIat
betheirwater
timelooktwo
makewouldthen
upnoway
peoplefirstwrite
newsoundsgreat
wherehelpthrough
linerightmean
oldsamefarm
threesmallset
sentencegivemost
backyearlive
thinksmalltell

Writing Vocabulary Words

addafteragain
applebarkbeen
beingbestbone
blockcloudbrown
camecanechain
chalkchatclam
clapclawclean
cooldarkdrop
endfamilyfell
flatflagfort
freshgladgolf
grithanghappy
hidehillhint
hornhowjust
jokekeepking
lastlinelook
mealmustnice
oddputquit
kinglastmade
manymealnew
oddquitspace
saidtimeyard
eightdreamnote
yellowfriendmother
twistrabbitschool

Listening Vocabulary Words

usually
coverpiece
heardbecomehappen
happyremembernumeral
howevermoneyunit
noticeopinionclean
fullgovernmentseason
materialsquareheavy
causeforestedge
thirdmonthsuddenly
perhapsspecialcenter
sisterinstructinstrument
paragraphfrightenclothes
regionrepresentparent
producecriedmeasure
afternoonfinallyfront
correctcircleocean
minutedecidecourse
builtcarefullyappear
arguedisplayevidence
arrangeperiodwonder
buyexceptwonderful
repeathugeinvisible
thoughtanothershould
hugeiron won’t
appearancebreakfasttrain
loudalienstrong
surprisepersonbehind
interestthousandcousin
systemunclemillion
describelengthprobably
writtentravelleave
countrybodyvision
amazinganotherforward
birthdaybroughtsince
paradenothingyesterday
severaltomorrowcompany
remaingovernmedium
generalbelievereceive
summerenergymember
equipmentraisesimple
exercisedevelopeverything
distanceteacherrecord
morningvoicecomplete
guesscatchcaught
touchalreadyrough
minuteafraidpersuade
bloodguarddesign
desertavoiddetail
developmentcurlcrawl
crowdcruelclown

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