First Student Dictionary

June 15, 2010 at 6:39 AM Leave a comment

by: Jennifer Perez

Building vocabulary with your child can be really interactive with this simple activity! All you need is a binder with loose leaf paper for children in grades 2-6. For  children between the ages of 3-1st grade, you can use plain white paper folded in half to create a mini-book.

Before beginning, label each page with the appropriate alphabet letter-the 1st page being A, the 2nd page B, etc… As you are reading with your child, pay close attention to any words that he/she seem to be struggling with and add them to their personal dictionary.  I would suggest saying something like, “I noticed when we were reading that this word seemed to be a bit of a challenge.  Let’s add it to your dictionary so that we can practice saying the word and learn it’s meaning!”

Take a few minutes and locate the meaning of the word and have your child add the definition into their dictionary.  Use this dictionary as you wish!  Practice the words each day, make Friday the designated Spelling Test day where you choose 5 random words to be spelled or simply review each time a new word is added!

Happy Learning!


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