Doing It Differently: 5 Fun Ways to Motivate “Word Wizards” in Your Classroom

As Steven Stahl puts it, “Vocabulary knowledge is knowledge; the knowledge of a word not only implies a definition, but also implies how that word fits into the world,” those working with young minds need to foster their development of a large “word bank” that can be carried beyond the classroom walls.Doing It Differently 5 Fun Ways to Motivate “<strong>Word Wizards</strong>” in Your Classroom

Here are 5 fun vocabulary activities to motivate “word wizards” of all ages.

Using Games

Teachers can make vocabulary more fun to learn by turning the process into games such as charades, taboo, and concentration. Bingo is yet another popular game for young learners where bingo cards are made with illustrations and each word is called out.

Concept Cube

A concept cube is a unique strategy to employ word parts. Students receive a six-square cube which is then folded into a three dimensional cube. On each of the squares, students are asked to write down one of the following:

Vocabulary word

Antonym

Synonym

Category it belongs to

Essential characteristics

Example

Students then cut, fold, and tape the cube to make a square. Then, with a partner, they roll their cube and tell the relationship of the word that land on top to the original vocabulary word.

Word Connect

In one of the most effective vocabulary building strategies, Venn diagram, students are directed to connect two words that are written in the center of a Venn diagram. Their task is to connect the two words by writing down each word’s definition on the Venn diagram, then explaining the reason for the connection.

Incidental Learning

The scientific research on vocabulary instruction reveals that most vocabulary is acquired incidentally through indirect exposure to words. Children, through rich oral-language experiences, can enrich their vocabulary when are allowed to discern word meanings through the context of what is being read aloud to them.

Root Analysis

Most of the words in the English language are derived from Latin or Greek roots. Vocab Tunes’ learning programs focus on teaching children the most commonly occurring root words, prefixes, and suffixes with examples of its use in common words thus maximizing their acquisition of new words. Read more

Automaticity in Reading: Freeing Kids’ Minds to Comprehend

Good readers not only decode and understand words as they read, but are also able to focus on more important task in reading—interpretation and comprehension. However such purposeful reading is a complex process and it does not happen automatically; rather it is learned gradually.

To make kids good learners, it is important to develop their reading skills to a point from where they can make the shift from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” Automaticity helps make that shift possible.Automaticity in Reading Freeing Kids’ Minds to Comprehend

Automaticity is the ability to do something without conscious thought. When we do something automatically, the mind isn’t occupied with the small details of the task and hence we can use our brain power to do more. In reading, automaticity ensures that readers need less energy to decipher individual words in the text, so that more is available for comprehension. Read more

Let your children add another feather in their “Cap”

If you dream about your children doing something big, and want them grow up as a great orator or a crowd-puller, you are at the right place. You are at the right platform if you want your little ones to enhance their English vocabulary.

Vocab Tunes, with its differentiated learning programs, helps you become word-conscious. Kids get to know new words, especially their origins, so that they learn how to use them easily. They just need to listen to our songs, have fun, and they will be able to identify root words and improve their English vocabulary.Let your children add another feather in their “Cap”

Now, let the kids enjoy our song ‘Take Time To Learn’ and learn how to create new words from root words. They will get to know that:

• The root-words “CAP, CEP and CEPT” mean “take and receive”
• “CAP, CEP and CEPT” come from the Latin words capere, cepi, and ceptus
• The root word “Cap” can also mean “headRead more

Just Say it Like ‘Dictator’

How many times do you look up that big book called ‘Dictionary’ to find out the meaning of any new word? Your class teacher must have asked you on numerous occasions to refer this book while ‘Indicating’ spelling mistakes in your test paper. Whether at classroom or at home, dictionary is indeed instrumental when it comes to implementing vocabulary building strategies for the budding brains.

The term ‘dictionary’ is derived from Latin roots ‘dict’ and its variant ‘dic’, which means ‘say’ or ‘declare’. Let us learn some more English words based on these roots.Just Say it Like ‘Dictator’

One of the easiest ways to remember the root ‘dict’ is the word ‘predict’ which means ‘saying’ before something actually happens. A palmist or a fortune-teller is someone who can ‘predict’ your future or events before they happen. Read more

Ways to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary Skills

We all appreciate a child who is expressive, confident, and has higher levels of achievements. And it is true that we all want our kids to succeed in school and beyond.

Strong language and communication skills are important to make your little ones accomplish things that matter to them the most. As kids learn a lot during everyday interaction with their parents, it becomes important for parents to help them improve their vocabulary skills.Ways to Improve Your Child’s Vocabulary Skills

Here are some fun activities for you that you can count on when it comes to child’s language development:

Storytelling

Through storytelling, kids can build familiarity with thousands of new words. Either you can read to them out of a book or you can make up stories together. Read more