Learning Made Easy-the Dictionary 5

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.

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  1. When I was just a kid, when the computer and the internet were not yet around, I have the habit of browsing or reading dictionary as if the book in my hand is a novel. Although dictionary usually has no pictures, that did not bore me but instead, I enjoyed it. Today, I owe to that hobby as if it weren’t for that hobby of mine then, blogging will be very hard for me.

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    1. Thanks Gomer, you may be one of the few who read the dictionary as a kid; I am sure it has enhanced your vocabulary greatly. Please try the exercise and send me some feedback. All the best.

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  2. What a refreshing article, even though I have taught, never did I read page after page of any dictionary, the odd exception could be looking for a word in say a language dictionary when I might read a few words out of general interest but that is all, so found this really good.

    Do use the dictionary when unsure of a spelling or a meaning also use the Thesaurus quite a lot, as I do try to do things right regarding spelling and meaning.

    Forgive me not doing your quiz, but do have so much to do at the moment, but a truly enlightening article.

    Stuart

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    1. Thank you Stuart, I spent 13 years between school and college and taught three and a half years in primary school, and never did I engage in an exercise of this nature, when you have some time try X. Y. Z. The letters with the least number of words and possibly the most unfamiliar words. When you do please send me some feedback and share Word sStitch with children and grand children, if any , and friends and family. Best wishes.

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  3. Hello Courtney, this is an excellent post you have written up here. Seriously, I love the first post I read concerning reading the QXYZ and I did well to study it with my son and I won him on countless occasions before I thought him how to work it out and he started drawing it out with me. Furthering in this word stitches makes me want to learn this more and more. I cannot wait to stack up more words into my vocabulary.

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    1. I am happy you are engaging your son, soon he can surprise his classmates and possibly win with you as well. Thanks for following the exercises. Blessings.

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  4. Ah, this is a really great excercise. I know about word stitches and it was really hard to keep up because I wasn’t consistent with it. But it is a really great way to have a wide range of words to your disposal. I think I’ll try it again and see how far I can go. So from my experience, whether you’re doing it for the game or for learning vocabulary, word stitches is a really interesti

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    1. Thanks for visiting; it will enhance one’s vocabulary. It is amazing how many words are missing from your vocabulary when you start reading every page. send me some feedback on your next try. Have a great day.

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  5. Thank you for the great exercise idea.  I, like another one of your readers named Gomer, loved reading the dictionary as a small child; my enormous Encyclopedic Dictionary to be exact.  I think it was a Merriam-Webster.  It took two hands and a great deal of effort to pick it up but once it was open in my lap, I could read it all day, joyously.  I would open it randomly and begin reading from the random page before me.

    I used to rely on serendipity to teach me vocabulary.  Imagine if I had done the (your) exercise(s) back then!  I am glad to know of this exercise now and look forward to implementing it.  Thank you again for this great teaching.

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    1. Thank you for visiting, the beauty about my exercise is not only read, you imprint it in your brain by using it right away to cement the learning. You must be one of the few who read the dictionary, How is your vocabulary, mus be pretty good. Share the exercise and play some games with your friends and family. All the best.

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  6. I totally agree that “practice makes perfect” and it is as important to improving one’s vocbulary as it is in improving my golf game.  A Word Stitch Championship would be quite interesting.

    These exercises themselves are quite interesting as they progress.  This definitely sounds like a fun family activity to do together.

    My vocabulary improved over the years because I not only read a lot but I would keep a dictionary with me and look up the meanings of words which I did no know.  I still do this to some extent, but even though I still have my old dictionary, I “google” the word instead.  

    Thanks for sharing this information with us.  It is much appreciated.

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    1. Thanks for the visit; It will be great fun as a family exercise; In preparing myself, I was amazed at the number f words we never use in our daily lives.Please send me some feedback when you do practice the exercise. Good Luck

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