The summertime is the best time of year to expand your child’s knowledge. A lot of parents try to do this by signing their kids up for classes. However, classes are really not necessary to ensure that your kids will continue learning during the summer. It does not really have to cost you anything. Below are some simple and free ways to increase your child’s vocabulary over the summer.
Create a word jar
Start first by creating a word jar. All you need is a simple jar with a lid. Then you can use index cards and cut them in half. On each side of the cards write a word and on the back write a definition of the word. Each morning after breakfast, take a word out of the jar. By the end of the summer, your kids could have at least learned 60 new words and their definition. If you have young kids, it may be fun to allow the kids to decorate the jar.
Create a word wall
Another option for those who are visual learners is to create a word wall. You can use a simple board that can be hung on the wall, and each morning write a new word on the wall. You can look up the word in the dictionary and write the definition under or next to the word. At the end of the summer you will have a nice long list of new words. The word wall can be placed anywhere in the house. It’s a good idea to place the word wall in an area where the entire family can see it.
Making a spelling booklet for each of your children to use during the summer is simple and can be effective. You can use some construction paper and regular paper. Use your printer to create the booklet. You can put a nice design on the front of the booklet, and then inside you can have a printed word. One word for each page will work. Then each day you can have your kids look up the definition to the words, and write it down in their books. You can also have them write a sentence to see how to use it.
If you don’t want to put an entire book together yourself, you can always go to the store and purchase a vocabulary workbook. The vocabulary workbooks can be found at any store, including Walmart. You can get vocabulary books for kids of all ages. I would recommend going a year ahead of your child’s current reading level. This way each day all they have to do is complete one page per day.