When reading with your child, ask your child to pause at each new vocabulary word. Have them look at the words in the sentence and the sentences before and after to try to decipher the definition of the word. This is called using context clues.
Ask your child to write down a verse to their favorite song. Challenge them to rewrite the song with synonyms for as many words as they can. Use a thesaurus to help find alternative words. You can use Merriam-Webster Dictionary on http://www.m-w.com as a great source, too.
This week focus on vocabulary. The more words a child knows, the better their comprehension will be. Remember that the best role model a child has is their parent. Show your child that a good vocabulary is important to you. Use BIG words in your everyday conversation. Stop and explain the meaning of new words to your child, and give them plenty of meaningful examples. Introduce a “word of the day or week” and involve the whole family.
You’ve been looking through the paper all week. What is one current event that has received attention throughout the entire week? Maybe it’s a local issue about the city council. Perhaps it’s a global event such as a conflict in another country. Or perchance you are following your favorite sports team in a series against a rival.
Ask your child to look for abbreviations in a newspapers. Have them create a list on a piece of paper. Help them translate abbreviations like Sen. = Senator, IA = Iowa.
Time for an awesomeness review: Take some time today to think about something awesome, unique, interesting that each member of the family has done so far this week. Give out some high-fives, fist bumps, hugs, Oreo cookies or something appropriate to celebrate your family awesomeness 🙂
Cut out 2 short stories with one headline for each from a newspaper. Separate the headlines from the stories. Read the stories out loud and ask your child to match the stories with the headlines.