Create a Spelling Dictionary with a Little Advice from a Third Grader.
One of the good things about having such willful children as I do, is that they are always very clear about what they want to learn and how they want to do it.
My third grader is the artistic one in the family. Everything must have color or be able to have color added to it in order to be meaning full. She loves index cards and Our Learning Cards, but has the tendency to misplace them or lose them, especially when she is studying outside under Annie, our big apple tree. This is such a shame as she has painstakingly defined and illustrated her Latin vocab or spelling words with such vibrancy and color. Nevertheless, she has a solution.
Here is the spelling advice from the third grader:
"Mom, I want to make a dictionary with my spelling words," she said.
"Okay. That's a great idea." I replied. "What should it look like?"
"I want to be able to write the word out, tell what it means, and draw a picture of it. Can you put the alphabet across the top, so I can see what letter I'm on, too?" she asked.
"Sure," I said like a waitress taking an order. "Do you want me to bind it up like a set?" I inquired.
"Nope. I want it to go on the clipboard, then I can take it outside and sit under Annie and work on my words. I'll just keep it in my binder. Thanks, mom," she said as she ran out to swing in her fruit-filled, pomander bearing friend.
And yes, that really IS how resources are born in our home. Sometimes it's just a clear idea from willful minds.
Feel free to use this resource for new words the kids are learning in any subject or just keep a master collection. It is impossible for the words to be kept in alphabetical order within each letter as we hope the children are constantly adding to their collection. A good rule of thumb is a a few new words or often misspelled words should be added weekly.
Focus: Building vocabulary knowledge, alphabetizing words
Theme: Drawing about and writing out new words