Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
There is power in words...words used the wrong way...words used the right way.
Sometimes it is a game with Jay, my oldest to use the biggest word he can. He can come up with some for sure. Coop, well he likes plain and simple. He doesn't feel the need to impress with words. Lucie Rose, bless her she tries and usually winds up amusing us to no end. Sweet Amelia...poor Amelia...precious Amelia...It will be interesting to see her take on words.
I wanted to upload a picture of the word map that we use and I guess I am just not technically savvy enough to make it happen. Sorry. If you will Google vocabulary word map you will get lots of good ideas. The one that I use and have for years (started using while teaching 5th grade) looks a little something like this.
Definition in your own words Synonyms/Antonyms
Meaningful sentence Illustration
Imagine this in quadrants and there you have it. I know this is a rough sketch so to speak, again I apologize.
I love word maps. I swear by word maps. Word maps rule.
I also make the boys write each word three to five times each (depending on how neat they are) at least two times. Sometimes I ask them to write a story using at least five of their words. This is an excellent opportunity to practice handwriting also.
Words are empowering. I want my kiddos to know just how much power there is in a word. Vocabulary is a subject we do not skip on ever. That is why I do not just do spelling with them. It is ever so important to know how to use the words they spell.
So that is what I do. What do you do? How do you handle spelling and vocabulary?