I chose this topic because I noticed when children entered care and the teachers asked them questions about items in the classroom they either knew what the teacher was talking about, had some idea or didn't have a clue. The children were in homeless families and I wondered if being homeless and transient, the educational level of their parents and the time in care made a difference in the aquisition and retention of the vocabulary words they learned.
One of my insights is a topic may seem simple when first formed but as you delve deeper, the topic becomes more complex resulting in more questions and more contemplation. Another insight is the questions we ask may have been asked differently which means we may be "re-inventing the wheel". Being able to use search engines helps in finding out if the reseach has been exhaustive or whether more research is needed on a topic.
I would appreciate any help you may have on my topic. I would like to ask those of you who work directly with children in a classroom setting what vocabulary words you thought children would know when they entered your program, but didn't. I would like to use them in my research.