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Your child's spelling, their vocabulary, their reading comprehension, among other academic skills, can be positively impacted by the use of a dictionary. For that reason, in this post, you'll find tips on how to teach your child to use their dictionary effectively.

How to Use a Dictionary to Learn

  1. First of all, your child should be familiar with the alphabet before they can use the dictionary since it's necessary that they know the order the letters are in. Go over it with them so they can learn it effectively.
  2. An important part in guaranteeing your child will use the dictionary correctly, is making sure they have the right dictionary for their needs, age, and level. At this time, it's best if you stick to a pocket-sized, updated, English dictionary.
  3. Once you have the dictionary, sit down with your child and explain to them how to use it. Teach them about its different components (the parts of speech, the thesaurus, etc.), and how they can use them to learn more.
  4. Next up, you will need to teach your child to search for words. Tell them to start searching for the first letter of the unknown word they're curious about. Once in that section of the dictionary, tell them to use the guide words at the top to find the word they want more easily.
  5. Lastly, make sure that your child understands the definition of the word they looked up (if they don't, how will they build their vocabulary?). If there are unknown words in the definition, encourage them to look for them in the dictionary, too, so they can get a better grasp of the meaning of the first word.

If your child could benefit from one-to-one tutoring sessions, turn to The Tutoring Center, Friendswood TX. Call (281) 488-0101 to schedule a free diagnostic assessment.


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