Learning Made Easy- The Dictionary 1

I must be feeling guilty by only teaching for 3 years in England during the sixties; especially after receiving all my Teacher Training for free, including the cost of books with a financial grant, and 3 years living on Campus with free meals.  I am sure those days are long gone.

Maybe I should have stayed in teaching, I am enjoying this and would have done back then, but the art magnet was too powerful.

Word Stitch was designed as a word game to test ones spelling and vocabulary. There are two aspects to the game, one is the game itself, and the other appeals to my teacher training, the other aspect is teaching a student how to develop and enhance his or her vocabulary.

This word game would make an interesting TV game show, a powerful teaching tool in schools and colleges, and a party game at family and friends gatherings. Please follow the exercises as they develop.

Before you attempt this exercise, I am encouraging you to prepare yourself, spend a day or two strategically learning words beginning with set letters of the alphabet.

Did you know the most pages of words of the alphabet  is words beginning with the letter C as found in the Miriam Webster dictionary, my copy was printed in 2007, I am sure more words have been added since then.

Let us begin with the easiest and also maybe the most difficult exercise.The letters  X  Y Z

In my copy of the Miriam Webster there are only 5 pages to study, unless you are a geek and has the pages stored in your memory.

There 1 page of the letter X and 2 each of the letters Y and Z

After studying the 5 pages, see how many 3 or 4 word-sentences or headlines; if any, you can form with

A

1. x. x. x. x

2. y. y. y. y

3. Z. Z. Z. Z

B

How many 3 word sentences can you create with the letters using the letters in any order

X, Y, Z.

Example- Zero Zulu Zebras zigzagging

Remember this is a learning exercise, studying the list of words in the dictionary is very important.

Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish.

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18 Comments


  1. Whao! This is indeed a critical brain exercise .Word stitch is a brain widening exercise I love to engage myself in. Unfortunately,I have no idea about how to play it. I do hear from my colleagues how interesting and additive it is. My busy schedule doesn’t allow me to learn it very fast. I wanted to learn from this review but I couldn’t get it. I think I’ll have to start from elementary section. It is a wise idea to exercise our brain. This will boost our brain and make us think special and different.

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    1. Don’t fret, the following exercises can be well within your vocabulary, Browse through the dictionary, one letter at a time- all words beginning with D for a start. Thanks for the visit.

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  2. English is my first language and I still have trouble speaking it, lol

    I have just made this awesome game for my family and they really love it so thanks for giving us all a great game to play on those boring nights when there’s nothing on the TV

    I think that the 4-word sentence that I have beginning in Y might be OK, but I’m not quite sure!

    You Youthful Youths Yelp

    How was that, was it OK?

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    1. Yelp You Youthful Youths; Great. Thanks for making it a family game. future letters could be much more fun and less challenging.Have fun.

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  3. Definitely a fun way to utilize critical thinking, something we’re not taught these days in schools. I was a little confused until I saw the example for the letter ‘z’ and thought to myself this would be a fun activity to try, especially in my free time, as it beats mindless internet surfing, gaming and other activities that might hinder and not build brainpower. Now I just have to find my dictionary. 

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    1. Thanks for visiting; keep in touch with the website, the exercises will enhance your vocabulary and give you fun while doing so. Best wishes.

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  4. Hi there, this article is superb. Was going through the entire content and found it so useful and interesting especially when it comes to enhancing the spelling power of our children.

    How do you install it? Has it to do with an app? Reply back on how this amazing word game can be given to our children in the family.

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    1. I was planning an app, but will reserve it for now; This is so simple, just write the letters on a piece of paper, read the rules, give an example and they can play anywhere, do not even need a device. Loot out for future games designed specially for enhancing the vocabulary. Have fun.

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  5. Thanks Courtney, when playing games in our home, we engage in monopoly, cards or other board games. My children could be on this till way past midnight. To temper down the competing spirit I was thinking of getting us a complicated puzzle game. This game of words has really come in handy. I even tried making some phrases: 

    Your yellow yoghurt 

    Younger youths yelling 

    Yearning yummy yams! 

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    1. No need to invest in a game, this is simple and fun, and its a great learning tool. Have fun; thanks for visiting.

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  6. This is a nice game. You’re right about it being good for teaching. There’s alot of new words you can pick up like that. I just took a look at the x-section. So many words I had no idea even existed. Many of them seem to relate to scientific terms which are related to Greek and Latin languages, so that makes sense. I guess a few variations of this game could go by just looking for words that have the specific letters in them (and not just the beginning), or even going for words that end on those letters (instead of beginning).

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    1. Thanks for visiting, you might make the game too complicated, stick to the simple rules for now and move on to more difficult challenges when you become a master. Best wishes. Many English words has either Greek or Latin derivation. Enjoy.

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  7. zebu zig zag zones

    xray Xerox xoanon Xamir

    I am hooked. These sorts of puzzles are right up my alley so to speak.

    I will be revisiting your website to find more of them.

    Ciao
    Helen

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    1. Thank you, see my latest blob on how to prepare yourself for learning the dictionary, great for any word game. Please send me some feedback. Have fun.
      Best wishes

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  8. Hello Courtney; very interesting article, especially as I have an age in which the brain must be trained every day. To avoid losing memory and thinking. Unfortunately, I am not an English speaker, can I play this game? If not, what do you recommend in return? Is this game good and to avoid Alzheimer’s?
    best regards
    Carmen

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Yes you can play word stitch; what is your language? can you please email me your alphabet and I will help you. Hope to hear from you soon.

      Courtney.

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  9. Free anything is long gone now. Students have to pay tuition fees, have loans for living expenses and work if they want to eat.

    Love the game, anything that helps train the brain is a good thing in my book. Great to use as a family game too. Must admit I love word games and love seeing how fast I can think of them. 

    Will try this out with the family, we could all learn new words.

    Thank you, interesting post.

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    1. Happy to use my teacher training; it’s a way of giving back as I only taught 2 years after Training College 1967 t0 69.Please send me some feedback after you have played with the family. Enjoy.

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