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I grew up using the Charlotte Mason method in my homeschooling and that includes learning vocabulary. (That is why you will find vocabulary in my ebooks!) During Middle School/High School I would have so many vocabulary words I had to look up, memorize, and test on that I should be considered a pro at using a dictionary. All the vocabulary I learned were mainly selected from the literature I read, which were living books and the majority of them were written in the mid-1800s, when extravagant words were used quite often.
Let’s teach your children how to be vocabulary sleuths and investigators with these fun activities, books, and practice sheets!
Disclaimer: If they don’t know how a dictionary works than it will be pretty hard to have them find the definition of a word on their own. If you are aware that your child knows how to alphabetize, they are probably ready to use a dictionary.
- Teach them how a dictionary works
Pick a word. For example purposes I’m going to use the word ‘Explicit.’ Get the dictionary and flip through the dictionary, showing your children how it is alphabetical. Use the word you picked or the word I’m using and have your child search the dictionary. Have them find the E section and then have them find the page where the letters E X P are listed. Let them know it should be on that page or pages, by looking for E X P L I.
- Word of the Week study
Pick one word that your child is struggling with or came across that they didn’t know and write it down. Have them study the word all week-long, learning the definition and spelling. Ask them to put it in a sentence a couple of times a week, or you put it in a sentence a couple of times a week and have them tell you what it means.
- Draw the word
If your child has a hard time with a word, get out the dictionary and learn the definition. Once you have the definition, see if they can draw a picture that symbolizes the word.
- Play Charades
Collect a large number of vocabulary words and play a charade game with your child/children.
- Matching Definition with Word
Have two cards, one for the vocabulary word and one for the definition. Get 10 or more vocabulary words and have a matching competition. Whoever can find the most word/definition combination, wins.
Download my free vocabulary sheet!
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