Vocabulary Activities

Vocabulary Activities – Step By Step Approach For All Teachers And Parents

by Sandra Johnson

It is a common misconception that activities for all students and youngsters should always involve oral lessons. Well, there is nothing wrong in using vocabulary exercises that involve lots of writing. Asking your students to write an essay covering 10 - 20 specific words is a fantastic way of helping them explore their own knowledge of the language. Such activities can be classified into different categories depending on various factors.

There are certain vocabulary activities like crossword puzzles and other word games that focus on friendly competition and stress not just knowledge but one's capacity to remember things at the right moment. If you do not know the specific 5 letter synonym for a specific phrase, chances are high that you will never enjoy a crossword or other such vocabulary exercises. Vocabulary activities can also be classified on the basis of the number of participants involved. Crosswords are normally solved alone. On the other hand, having a group discussion and encouraging individuals to focus on not just the topic but also on one's choice of words is a great way of improving vocabulary.

In fact, one can now make use of commonly used synonyms and try to find out the exact and specific and difference in the meaning. These activities will sharpen the individual's knowledge of the language.

As a parent, it is your duty to encourage your child to participate in as many vocabulary activities as possible.

However, you must understand that children learn by experience and by watching their parents behave. To simply encourage your child to solve a crossword does not make sense if you do not do it yourself.

On the other hand, if you solve the crossword on a daily basis and if you frequently request help from your child, he or she will automatically start participating in the process.

As one grows older, one believes that such activities are no longer essential. However, activities remain essential with the only difference being that emphasis is not just on the method but also on the object of the exercise.

It is not just a question of simply knowing an additional word. Rather, one should be interested in understanding meaning and context in which the word is used. This will expand language skills to cover technical words as well. This means that you can make use of standardized vocabulary activities and games to learn more about for example, a science project that you have been asking about.

Online resources have made it easier for children to participate in such activities. Not only will this improve language but it will also improve command over keyboard use and other computing requirements.

Just make sure that kids do not use the internet as a shortcut to avoid difficult exercises. Rather, the internet should be useful to enable the child to compete with a large number of individuals without even stepping out of the house. The onus of enforcing this rule depends on the parents and teachers. This test, practice or game can be utilized even a few hours before an exam.

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