I am an elementary teacher and tutor. I have taught kindergarten, second, third and fourth grade. I think word study is very important for students. You can incorporate vocabulary into literature units they are currently reading. Or you may teach them in their small reading group. Usually, when students get older, like in upper intermediate grades, they may be responsible for learning a group of vocabulary words. Students who I tutor may read a novel with me. We discuss the characters, plot, setting, events, and the climax. We also discuss and define vocabulary words that I think they should know. Parents can incorporate the selected vocabulary words in their daily lives.