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 3years 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 select reading and studying the words according to word beginning set letters in the alphabet. In case you missed it, we have already covered C (5pages) and 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. Some day I would love to see some one sponsor a TV Word Stitch Championship
This exercise introduces the letter S, the next letter in line behind C 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 4, you would have read 5 pages of the letter C
1. Read the first 7 pages of the letter C, you should have already read the first 5 pages; read the words out load once, then repeat reading the words silently.
2. Write down as many of the words you can remember beginning with the letter C, If you come across a word that is not already in your vocabulary, look up the meaning and lodge it in your brain.
3. Read the first 3 pages of the letter S out load once, repeat reading silently. Look up the meaning of any words that are not in your vocabulary.
4. Write down as many words as possible beginning with the letter S.
5. Create as many 3-word sentences or headlines using the following
C C C
Ex. Cut cucumbers carefully
6. Create as many 3-word sentences or headlines as possible
S S S
Sing songs solo
When you have followed all the instructions, challenge a friend or family member to a competition, You should emerge the winner.
When I am not carving wood, creating brain exercises is the next passion.