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 Spelling/Vocabulary   

  Word of the Day

 

 One of my our family's favorite games is Scrabble. Since we don't use curriculum most of the kids spelling has come from playing the game and looking up the words using a dictionary. They learned to use the dictionary pretty well at a young age because it allowed them to make words by themselves without having to ask my help. My kids absolutely love looking up and learning new words. Every time we play Scrabble and have the dictionary out they end up sharing definitions of new words they find. Several weeks ago when yet another game of Scrabble was finished and we were all 5 sitting around playing with the dictionary and having each other guess the definition of new words I had a great idea, why not have a "Word of the Day". Basically someone would look up a new word or word we weren't sure of the meaning to and write the word and definition on the refridgerator using a dry erase marker. (YES, your fridge makes a great dry erase board!). This has been great for increasing everyone's vocabulary. Sometimes we forget to change the word, and that's ok because we just use the same one again. My 10 year old daughter, Dora, seems to enjoy competing with me to see who can use the word the most throughout the day. Sometimes she will even draw tally marks or bar graphs on the fridge to keep track. Some days the boys are interested and some days they're not and that's ok. 

 

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