Fun Ways to Broaden Your Child's VocabularyCarolyn Castiglia
Today is “Lazy Day,” a fact the gregarious geniuses at Dictionary.com conveyed to us via electronic missive. Accordingly, you may resolve to spend the afternoon in languid repose. It is assuredly beneficial to occasionally luxuriate in the lackadaisical, especially during the balmy summer months, however, one cannot deny that the school year looms but a fortnight away. Fear not: there are a bevy of brilliant brainiacs aspiring to broaden your child’s lexicon by enacting methods both trivial and trenchant.
In other words, these vocabulary role models (for all ages) will help your kids remember how to speak English after a summer of texting. OMG smmr wuz so shrt I can’t blve it! LOL <3
For pre-school and elementary students:
The new season of the PBS Kids Go! program WordGirl begins August 23. The first episode is aptly titled “Bummertime!” as a reference to the end of summer. As in every episode, two vocabulary words will be featured prolong and aggravated. My four-year-old adores Becky Botsford. She’s a great role model for all kids, but especially girls; WordGirl prides herself on outsmarting villains and being a good friend. I think you’ll find WordGirl’s exciting adventures will prolong your child’s attention and leave them feeling anything but aggravated. Moms and Dads are sure to enjoy the show’s humor, as well. SNL’s Chris Parnell provides narration and comedians Patton Oswalt and Maria Bamford are featured cast members.
For elementary and middle school students:
New York comedian and spelling impresario Jen Dziura has been maintaining a word-a-day site called Manhattan GRE blog, but don’t let the title fool you. Sure, she’s gotten perfect scores on the SAT and GRE, but Dziura has prepared students of all ages for standardized tests. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another card-carrying member of Mensa who is cool enough to use Harry Potter spells to teach vocabulary. Example: “Duro makes an object hard. You probably already know durable, but how about obdurate and duress? Evanesco is a vanishing spell. Something that is evanescent doesn’t last long.” (As was evidenced by the band Evanescence.)
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