Word Smarts 

(Linguistic Intelligence)


Word Smart refers to the ability to read, write, speak, or listen. People who enjoy using their Word Smarts may like to read for fun or to learn something new; write emails, letters, stories, or poems; learn new words or foreign languages; play word games; or tell stories, jokes, and tongue twisters.

Check out these resources and many more at the BU Toy Library!


The BU Toy Library offers literacy, play, and training resources to support the development of early literacy skills. To learn more about the six early literacy skills and ideas for strengthening them through shared reading and play, click here.


Letter Knowledge

Letter Knowledge refers to a person’s understanding of the shapes and sounds of letters.


Vocabulary Literacy Play

Vocabulary refers to the number of words that a person uses and understands.



Narration refers to a person’s ability to describe things and to tell stories.


Print Motivation Literacy Play

Print Motivation refers to a person’s interest in reading and writing.


Print Awareness

Print Awareness refers to the understanding that printed text includes letters and words, is governed by a set of rules, and has meaning.


Phonological Awareness

Phonological Awareness refers to a person’s understanding that language is made up of sounds, syllables, words, and rhymes.