Our district has made some changes to our K-8 Word Study program and I have been doing a few professional development meetings on incorporating Word Study. During the PD, I was asked about how to integrate vocabulary into the school day. I think you have to start with your own life first and integrate vocabulary into your summer this will make the transition into the classroom more natural. The first place to start is noticing interesting words-words that sound fun to read, new words for meaning, or words to help with your own writing. For example, I am reading Making Learning Whole so as I read, I circle words for those reasons.
Greeting cards are my #1 favorite thing to collect to boost word study in my classroom.
On a side note, I obviously always talk about my love of words and books with my own two children. This summer our daughter who is in Germany as a camp counselor at the Air Force base sent me the picture below to show me a bookstore for children. I was so excited-thanks Anna :)