One of the questions I get asked the most is what to do with the vocabulary words that are scheduled in the instructor’s guide. I’ve spoken about learning vocabulary in context, and I still believe that this is the best way to learn vocabulary.
But sometimes, you want something more. Off and on during our homeschooling years, I have had my children keep a vocabulary notebook. It was never anything fancy… sometimes we used the words from our read aloud, and sometimes I task them to find their own words in their reading. I’ve often found that they’re more likely to recall and use words they discovered on their own. They would write down the word with the definition, part of speech and write it in a complete sentence. Sometimes, they’d illustrate the word. We never did it for a full year though – it was more like something we would do every now and then, when they were interested.
So, with that in mind, I created this notebooking activity page to use with the vocabulary words in the instructor’s guide. But feel free to let your child use it with words they come across in their own reading as well.
The activity page gives your child a way to study a word in depth. They will record the definition, part of speech, synonyms, antonyms, use the word in a sentence and illustrate it.
Just one caveat – I do not recommend having them complete a page for every word listed in the vocabulary and notes section of the instructor’s guide. It would become tedious and overwhelming. Maybe start with one or two words a week and build from there. At the end of the year, your child will have their own dictionary of words they have learned. Not only does it become a homeschooling keepsake for you, but it becomes a great tool for review. It comes in handy when they are writing reports, essays or original stories – they can flip through their vocabulary notebook and include the words that they have collected.