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How to Teach Children to Use a Dictionary

This is our experience on introducing a dictionary for our kid.It was a great experience and we can see how he improves his vocabulary together with writing and reading skills.

How to Teach Children to Use a Dictionary

I hope you like to read our story and experience on teaching him on reading the dictionary.In case if you are wondering about how to teach children to use a dictionary,this guide may help you.

Introducing a Dictionary for the kid (The story behind)

My kid is going to be 6 years old and now he is with both reading and writing skills for his age. Few months ago when he started writing sentences alone, he wanted to know the spelling.

What happened then? He always asked me ‘how to spell this, how to spell that? Etc. 🙂

It was fun and admirable at the beginning. But later it was not easy as he started asking lot of words and I didn’t know how to help him in writing alone without disturbing his interest to writing.

It was the right time I talked with his class teacher during the parent teacher meeting. Teacher has found the same experience with my kid and some other kids in the classroom.

As per her, some of the kids have started showing their skills on composing a sentence. But they do not have enough vocabulary. The result was asking the spelling from the teacher.

And, the teacher found a solution. She asked me to buy a dictionary for him. She further asked to buy an age appropriated illustrated dictionary for kids.

After checking in local bookstores and online stores finally I found this children’s illustrated dictionary for him.You can buy it here if necessary.

The DK Children's Illustrated Dictionary
The DK Children’s Illustrated Dictionary

Buying this dictionary is one of the best things we did for our kid. He loves his dictionary and he writes more now.

He improves his skills daily. This is how to teach children to use a dictionary based on our experience with our kid.

How we introduced the dictionary?

Below are some of the tips we used when we introduced the dictionary for the kid. Now he uses his dictionary by himself without much support from us.

Therefore I thought of sharing these tips thinking these can be useful for other parents who look for introducing a dictionary for their kids.

Here is what we did when we teach the kid to use his dictionary.

Find a children’s dictionary

How to Teach Children to Use a Dictionary

Before introducing a dictionary to your kid, find an age appropriate dictionary. It is not easy and even not suitable to introduce an adult dictionary for the young kids straightaway.

If the children’s dictionary you choose is with illustrations with little big and easy to read fonts, it will be easier for the kid to refer the dictionary.

For our kid we bought the Children’s illustrated dictionary published by DK. It is with clear pictures, fonts and descriptions which a kid can easily understand the meaning of any word.

Explore the dictionary with the kid

How to Teach Children to Use a Dictionary

We did this when we bought the dictionary. I read the dictionary with the kid. We checked words together and it was a good bonding activity for both of us. When the kid asks for spelling or meaning of any word, I simply ask him to check the dictionary to find what it says.

Explain the kid how to use the dictionary

My kid was excited to receive a new illustrated dictionary for him. I explained him what a dictionary is and how to use a dictionary to find a word. This explanation was helpful for him to identify the words.

When we read books together if we find any difficult word then we started checking it in the dictionary to find the meaning. In this way kid started to use the dictionary.

Explain the kid on how the words flow in a dictionary

When we started exploring the dictionary, the first thing I explained to him was the order of words in a dictionary. Dictionary flows by the alphabet. Therefore the kid can easily follow the alphabet to find words. When he understands this concept, my kid started exploring new words until he is familiar with the new dictionary.

Try it with your kid. They will learn with fun!

introduce kid a Dictionary

Read the definitions

Whenever my kid asks meaning of words I ask him to refer the dictionary and let me know what it says. Kid started doing so. Later he found these definitions are worth for understanding new words.

He picked new words through exploring the dictionary. Now he refers the dictionary by himself when he finds a new word or when he wants to find spelling for new words.

Introducing a dictionary for the kid was a valuable thing we did for our kid at his right age. I should thank for his teacher for introducing this idea.

Check the details of this Children’s illustrated Dictionary here including product details price and how to order.

Have you bought a dictionary for your kids? How to teach children to use a dictionary as per your experience? Or do you have ideas to share on how to introduce a dictionary for kids? If so, please share as a comment.I would love to know more ideas.

Happy Teachers Day 2019

Happy Teachers Day to all teachers and educators around the world!

In Singapore, teachers day is celebrated on the last day of school term 3.In 2019, it is September 6th.

Happy Teachers Day 2019

We all are here due to our parents and teachers. They helped us to grow as responsible adults. Now as parents we guide our kids to be responsible adults in future. For this, teachers play the most important role.

During the teachers’ day celebrations, there are many teachers’ day gifts available in the market. From flowers to personalized mugs, there are many cute teacher appreciation gifts to buy.

Happy Teachers Day 2019

For me, I always admire gifts that have a personal touch. This is why I love to buy teachers day cards to appreciate my kid’s preschool teachers.

For this teacher’s day, I bought few cards for his teachers and asked the kid to write a message.

Below is what he wrote to his 3 lovely teachers.

Happy Teachers Day 2019
To his Class teacher : Teacher Florence
Singapore Teachers Day 2019
To teacher Ana
Happy Teachers Day 2019
To Chinese Teacher : Zhuang Laoshi

He wrote the words by himself without my help.I can see his progress in writing when compared to our teacher’s day cards from 2017.Now as a student of Kindergarten 2, he can write letters and compose simple sentences.

He also draws pictures with more details than he was.

All these skills are because of his great teachers!

Thank you all teachers!

Happy Teachers Day 2019!

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