Introducing The Dictionary To Your Child
Created by Urvashi Shah Updated on Oct 11, 2020
In today's online world, children are quick in learning about gadgets like computer, smartphones, and tablets with better efficiency. Who has a time for a good old traditional dictionary? The result is your child is picking up language from the internet – that is full of slangs. And hence you should be introducing a dictionary to your child right from the ages of 3 to 7 years.
Why Should You Introduce A Dictionary To Your Child?
Let us look at a few reasons why your child must learn to use a dictionary-
- Importance of sequencing: Your child will be introduced to access data in an organized manner. Since a dictionary has words organized in an alphabetical order, your child will understand the concept of sequence of alphabets and how to find the meaning of every word in an order.
- Learning other words: Apart from the required word being searched, your child might bump in to other few words whilst on a search. This will provoke your child to learn the other new words and their meanings.
- Transference: Learning basic dictionary reading skills translates the ability to use reference books for future research.
- Internalization: When the child learns to find and acknowledge the meaning of a particular word by himself/herself, it helps him/her to grasp better rather than a parent teaching him/her.
What Is The Best Way To Introduce Dictionary To Your Child?
The best way to introduce a dictionary to your child is by using a dictionary, which is pictorial and colourful so that it piques your child's interest. Here are ways how you can initiate the use of a dictionary to your child-
- Do not over do it: You need to teach your child a few set of words each day and avoid overdose of information as he/she might not be able to retain them. Teach your child how to use a dictionary by himself/herself in order to find the words that suit his age.
- Multiple exposure: A child will be able to learn the words better the more number of times he/she hears it. So make it a point to use the words in your daily routine in various sentences which your child will understand. This will help your child in identifying the words and how to use them in sentences.
- No black and white: For the starters a black and white regular dictionary will not pick up your child's interest in learning the same. This is why you can invest in a good children's dictionary, which emphasizes more on pictures that enables a child to relate the same with the word and its meaning. This will help your child's vocabulary develop well with time.
- Making words concrete: If you are teaching your child nouns, you can show him/her a picture of the same on internet which will help him/her understand the meaning better. At times you can even act out the word and its meaning and ask your child to do the same for better retention of the word.
- See, say and write: For better learning purpose, you can ask your child to see the word, understand the meaning, say it out loud and write the same in a different notebook. If your child happens to hear a new word in a conversation, then help him/her understand the meaning of it and ask him/her to write it down.
- Reading daily: Books are the best way to expose your child to better vocabulary, which is why you need to encourage your child to read daily Whatever new word comes in the way can be looked up on in the dictionary and the meaning can be interpreted. It will help better if your child writes down the word along with the meaning and a sentence of the same in a notebook.
- New words learning every day: New words can be learnt on a daily basis and your child can be taken to different places such as zoo, museum where you can take down note of different things and new words will be generated automatically. Come back home and look up for the meaning of those words in the dictionary. Practical knowledge will help your child's memory being expanded.
- Words with multiple meanings: It may so happen that your child comes across a word that has multiple meanings. In that case let your child write each and every meaning of the word. You can use all the different meanings of the same word in a sentence to help your child get a better clarity.
Every day you can sit down with your child when he/she is reading or writing to help him/her to judge the usage of different words on a daily basis. Making a habit of using dictionary will help your child have a wide knowledge about various words and will help him/her better to use them for future references.
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