Please forgive me if I use some of the same text to introduce each exercise, but some people might be seeing the exercise for the first time.
When I was a student at Teacher Training College during the sixties, 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.
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 select reading and studying the words according to word to begin with the letters in the alphabet; we are going to start with the 4 letters with the least number of words in the dictionary, namely Q. X.Y. Z.
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.
In lesson 1, assuming you followed instructions, you would have learn the words Q, X. Y. Z. The letter with the least number of words in the dictionary. To learn the dictionary will take patience and constant revision; I am constructing this exercise as if I was back in the classroom as a teacher.
For this lesson, I am adding the letter K. the next in line in numerical order as the Letters with the least number of words
1. Conduct a quick revision of the words you have learnt to begin with Q. X. Y. Z.
2. Read out loud all the words in the dictionary beginning with the letter K.
3. Read the words again at least 2 or three times and try to memorize as many as possible, paying special attention to nouns, verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
4. The letter C has by far the most pages in the dictionary; I suggest you read and study 10 pages at a time; because of the large number of words beginning with C, the letter will form part of the other exercises introducing new letters in the alphabet. Always read the letters out loud the first time, and then learn them as much as you can by reading them 2 to 3 times.
4. Create as many four word sentences or headlines using the letters in both the correct order, and in any order.
K. Z. Y. C.
Example-Kindly- Kindly Zap Your Chain.
After you have conducted the learning process, and completed your sentences; challenge friends to a game. Assuming you have followed the instructions, you should emerge the winner.
5. Introduce you friends to Learning Made Easy- the dictionary
6. Challenge them to another game after they have followed the learning process.
May the best man win.
Please help your children learn the dictionary by introducing them to the exercise.
I am an artist/craftsman first and creator of buzz brain exercises second.