Learning Made Easy-7 The Dictionary

Word Stitch

C. S. P. K. Q. X. Y. Z.

Revision for this exercise-12 pages of the letter C, 3 pages the letter S, 3 pages of the letter P, and all pages of the letters K, Q, X. Y, Z

Please excuse the repeating of this introduction; I would not like them to miss out on the introductory exercises.

When I was a student at Teacher Training College during the sixties,-64 to 67; we were sent out on teaching practice in the various surrounding schools. One of the most important things our Tutors looked for was our -Lesson Plans- A successful lesson needed proper planning, and if you failed teaching practice the entire 3 years went up in smoke.

I do not recall if I was ever taught strategically -how to learn the Dictionary- Nor can I recall ever teaching it. Our method for enhancing the vocabulary was mainly by reading and conversation. Word stitch will be used as a tool to grow the vocabulary by learning the dictionary.

Have you ever tried reading the dictionary from cover to cover as you would read a book? I know I never thought of it until Word Stitch.

The plan is to read and study the words beginning with the letters in the alphabet. In case you missed it, we have already covered 12 pages of C, 3 pages of S and all pages of K, Q. X.Y. Z.

For this exercise we will introduce the next letter in line – 3 pages of the letter P, and 3 more pages of the letter C, and 3 more pages of the letter S

Practice makes Perfect

To be good at any sport, you have to practice and train regularly, you can’t expect to win the hundred meters by just walking on to the track and running, neither can you expect to shoot 40 points in a basket ball game unless you have prepared yourself properly, the same goes for sports, cricket, golf, baseball, rugby tennis, hockey or any sport.

Imagine you are preparing for the Word Stitch championship; the next series of lessons will help prepare you for the championship. Some day I would love to see some one sponsor a TV Word Stitch Championship

This exercise introduces the letter P, the next letter in line behind S with the highest number of words.

Don’t forget we are reading the dictionary slowly and strategically. Each exercise will incorporate some revision.

If you have completed Exercise 5, you would have read 7 pages of the letter C

1. Read the first 12 pages of the letter C, 6 pages of the letter S, 3 pages of the letter P, and all the pages of the letters K. Q, X,Y, Z.

Read the words out load once, then repeat reading the words silently.

2. Record the list of words you would have already created, and add as many new words from the new pages covered, If you come across a word that is not already in your vocabulary, look up the meaning and lodge it in your brain.

C. S, P, K, Q, X, Y, Z.

3. Create as many 5-word sentences, or Headlines using words beginning with the first four letters; (a) in the above posted order.

(b) using the first four letters in any order.

(c) using all 8 letters in any order, make sure the last four letters are used as least in 2 sentences.

Please share some of your sentences in the comments section

Copyright 2019 Courtney Devonish

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12 Comments


  1. I remember when I joined high school, the first one or 2 weeks, there was not much learning. The only items I had was my dictionary and mathematical set. Well, I got into the dictionary and started reading. Some words were pretty obvious while others were totally new. I also learnt how to pronounce.

    I like how you have structures your lessons. This is quite easy to follow and to comprehend. I am almost trembling thinking that one day I will master all the words in the dictionary.

    This is such an interesting and intriguing post. Much appreciated.

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    1. Thank you, I am an English trained primary school teacher, that left teaching in 1969 after 11/2 years as a student teacher and 2 years as a trained teacher. My training was free and this is one way of giving back, after reviewing teacher methods, I realised that reading the dictionary is rarely taught. I can see you were a creative  and critical thinking student who could have been  bored, if your teacher was not up to the challenge. Best wishes.

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  2. Well, this is not something I have tried before and I thinking reading the whole dictionary is not an easy task. But the way you have broken down this exercise makes it easy for anyone anyone wants to tag along to do so.. I am currently a student of English and I believe this is going to be helpful to maximise my knowledge of the vocabulary. I will share this with my friends so we can try it out together. 

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    1. Please to hear you are an English student and will share with your friends and fellow students, please share with your teacher and you can probably arrange a competition after each class.Thank you so much. Good luck, Hope to hear from you again with more exciting news.

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  3. Wow! In little bits, I’m getting there. This word stitches is really helping me and my kid to get better at English words ad sentences. I love the way I can read without blemish and learn words while doing it in a fun way. Since I’ve started learning through this website, I have increased my vocabulary a lot. Thanks

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    1. I am happy to learn of your success; I know it will work if followed; I wish one day it could be a championship event. Thanks for your efforts, keep it up and please post some examples of the family sentences or headlines.. Have a great day.

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  4. I never thought that the dictionary would be effective reading material. To me it was always there for reference when you needed to know what a word meant. Or how tp spell it correctly. 

    You have thrown new light on this subject. Having a large vocabulary as well as knowing how to use the words in speech or writing can be a tremendous asset. You have created a system to help people do that in an interesting way. 

    Thanks for sharing these ideas with us.

    Edwin

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    1. Thank you Edwin for sharing your thoughts with us; I hope you will try the exercise and share some of your sentences with us. Good luck.

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  5. Thanks for this wonderful post. You brought back memories of what it was like to learn in school and how differently I look at it now. It’s so important to do regular exercises to keep your mind sharp and functioning at a high-level. I’m going to work on what you’ve got outlined here and try seeing what I can create using the dictionary. It’s going to be interesting because it’s so abstract from the other things I’ve learned. Thanks again, I’m looking forward to trying this! 

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    1. Good luck with you effort; iI recently connected with a friend I have not seen in over 30 years; I was shocked when communication was difficult, until the son told me he was suffering from Dementia. I firmly believe you should constantly exercise your brain with challenging exercises. Please post some of your sentences. Thank you for visiting. Best wishes.

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  6. Hi Courtney, 

    I applaud your efforts after suffering a stroke in sharing your knowledge with free exercises to promote and enhance the development of the cognitive function, critical thinking, and creativity. Some incredibly challenging exercises but certainly they keep the mind active and I will share. 

    If only the throng of people that spend too much time online on social media and such would spend more time on learning (which certainly is what your exercises facilitate) we just might have more brainpower to address the challenges of humanity. 

    I wonder if some of these exercises could be turned into an app which seems to be the trend today. 

    Wish you continued success.

    very best regards,

    Claudio  

     

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    1. Thanks Claudia, I wish I can find funding, even on a partnership basis. I have several games that are unique, both numbers and words. I did try to produce an app  a while ago, but the young man who was working with me from a reputable firm in India made the mistake in emailing me via a personal link, that showed a different profile, I got scared and cancelled; it turned out he was legit, but I did not continue the app. Best wishes.

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