I’m a firm believer that you can tell a lot from a person from the way they talk. With this in mind, I think it’s important for our children to have a solid foundation, and the ability to use proper words is extremely important. Therefore, vocabulary skills are vital.
I have found an awesome site to help build your child’s vocabulary skills! It’s simply called Vocabulary.com.
This site is free to sign up for, and has tons of pre-made lists of words. Some of these lists have origins in speeches, news topics, literature, historical documents and “just for fun” lists. You can also create your own lists. I think this may be one of my favorite features. Many of the lists are user created, so a community shares lists with you. It’s perfect!
When you choose a list, you get a wide variety of activity choices. The list of words has definitions, synonyms and usage examples, as well as an audio file of the pronunciation.
The “Learn this List” option gives you a dynamic multiple choice quiz. If you get one wrong, you keep guessing until you select the correct answer. Once you do, the definition pops up for your review.
Finally, you have a “Spelling Bee” option. The word is spoken, and you type it in. The site tracks your score, as well as how many words you have spelled correctly in a row.
I highly recommend this site! I have my high schooler doing the “100 words every high schooler should know” and “100 top SAT words”.
Do you use this site for your child’s vocabulary? What are your thoughts?