Research-based vocabulary and comprehension
support for early literacy and science.

WOW is designed to accelerate children’s oral language and vocabulary through fascinating topics that relate to the life, biological and physical sciences. As a supplementary program, World of Words (WOW), can be easily integrated into any existing curriculum. It’s a research-based, shared reading resource for PreK-2nd grade children.

Photo: Susan Neuman

About the Creator & Researcher

Susan B. Neuman, Ed.D. is a Professor of Childhood Education and Literacy Development at the Steinhardt School, New York University. She is the developer of World of Words (WOW) supplemental vocabulary program. She previously served as the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education from 2001 to 2003 where she established the Early Reading First Program and the Early Childhood Professional Development Education Program. She has authored over 100 articles, edited 11 books, and served as Editor of Reading Research Quarterly. Dr. Neuman has received two life-time achievement awards for research in literacy development and is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.


You get to learn about a whole lot of cool science stuff that you never knew. Like, the Milky Way looks like it’s made out of milk, but it’s actually made of stars!”

Second grade child
PS 29, Bronx, NY

WOW is the best program I have seen. WOW lessons only take fifteen minutes twice a week and my students’ vocabulary and curiosity of the world around them have increased exponentially.”

Kindergarten Teacher
District 7, Bronx, NY

I love WOW! My daughter comes home talking about new words everyday. I have been able to learn these new words and ideas as well. It has created new and fun discussions between my daughter and me.”

parent of
first grade child
District 7 Bronx, NY

You’ll Love It!

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