Have fun with spelling. Ask your child to spell words forwards and backwards. Encourage them to use their finger to spell words in the air. Spell and llesp!
Write a vocabulary word in the center of a piece of paper. Ask your child to write a synonym in the top left corner, an antonym in the right corner, the part of speech in the bottom left and draw a picture in the bottom right. This is a creative way of learning challenging new vocabulary words.
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.
Before reading a book, ask your child to scan the pages for question marks and exclamations. Have your child practice reading these sentences aloud, and while reading have them practice changing the intonation of their voice.
Practice punctuation. Write 5 sentences and have your child fill in the correct punctuation: period, question mark, or exclamation point.