Learning The Dictionary Made easy-9

C-18 pages

J- all pages

V-first 6 pages

O. first 6 pages.

Please excuse the repeating of this introduction; I would not like you 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 read and study all the words beginning with the letters in the alphabet. In case you missed it, we have already covered 7 pages of C, 3 pages of S and all pages of K, Q. X. Y. Z.

If you have not completed exercises 1 to 7, perhaps you should complete those exercises before completing this one, or you can complete this exercise, and if you are seriously interested in learning the dictionary, go back and complete all previous exercises.

I have also created a revision exercise. This exercise will introduce three new letters- J. V. O and C because of the letter with the largest number of words in the dictionary.

The learning process will take some time, in order to carefully study the words and their meaning if necessary; then apply a practical technique to demonstrate your success at learning.

The technique is using the game – Word Stich. A word game that challenges your vocabulary.

Please do not use proper names or places.

First read all the words out aloud, then repeat reading the words silently.

Look up the meaning of any new words, or any word you are unsure of its meaning.

Keep a note book to record all new words, or any words that you feel could be useful in a sentence.

For this exercise I have chosen all the pages of words beginning with the letter J; six pages of words beginning with the letter V; 6 pages of letters beginning with the letter O, and 6 more pages of letters beginning with the letter C. totalling 18 pages

1. Create as many four -word sentences or headlines using words beginning with C. J. V. O. in the order the letters are listed.

2. Create as many four-word sentences or headlines, using the letters in any order.

3 Create two seven-word  sentences or headlines using the letters C. J. V. O. K. Q. Y in any order.

When I am not designing brain exercises; I am an artist/craftsman, and has been for the past 50 years.Please have a look and send me some feedback.

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  1. Yes I have tried out this exercise and it’s really helpful. I keep following. To be honest it’s not really easy. Learning the words in the dictionary isn’t where the real problem is. It is in remembering as many as possible. That’s what I try to do. Overall,I have gained success and I am telling people about the advantages of word stiches. We move to the next!

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    1. Thank you, in one of the exercises i suggested keeping a note book with new words, writing them down, reading them out loud, and making sentences are all part of the learning and memory process. repetition is also good; use the new words in conversations with your family and friends, even if you have to manufacture the conversation. Don’t let the words just sit on the shelf. All the best. 

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  2. Wow, first I’m hearing of word stiches. Feels like one is stiching the words to his brain. Lol. I think that it is a very good way to learn the vocabulary. I didn’t start with the first few trainings. I think I should go back and try it out. It’s nice to be able to do this. Learning words from different letters and joining it all together in a sentence. Sounds really nice. I’ll give it a go. Let’s go stiching!

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    1. Let’s go stitching; Please go ahead , it would be better to do the exercises in order, creating the sentences offers a practical learning process, and helps to stamp new words on the brain.

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  3. Wow this is quite a very interesting way to improves ones vocabulary I must say. I haven’t heard of any individual who read the dictionary form start to finish. It seem very impossible to do I must say. Well I would love to try your suggested method of developing ones vocabulary using these letters. I would try it out and even to my kids so they can benefit from it. Thanks for sharing 

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    1. Thank you Dane, and please work with the kids, their school teachers would experience a pleasant surprise.Good luck.

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  4. Hello there, I must confess this is a really easy way to learning the dictionary in a very easy way. Most people really wish to learn the dictionary or develop their speaking skill (vocabulary). The method you adapted which helped you, I believe it would also be vital in helping others learn. I’ll inform my kids about this method so can learn too. Thanks for you time. 

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    1. Caught me off-guard; I have a relative in Canada with the same name. I don’t know why we never had  a structured format for teaching the dictionary. As a former teacher I too am guilty.Please share with the kids and send me some feedback. Blessings.

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  5. Oh! I’m really sorry I’m yet to complete exercise 7. Work has real been tedious of recent and I have very limited time for myself. So, I couldn’t complete the exercise 7 yet but I have completed the rest. Hopefully I would complete the last one before diving straight into this next phase. So, I will bookmark this exercise first until I’m done with the last exercise. I do not wish to miss any step at all. Thanks

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    1. Thank you, I know how precious time can be, especially here at WA, take you time and look forward to hearing from you again. Best wishes.

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  6. This is an interesting website and article.  It is also very timely for me.  My wife and I have been discussing ways to “stay sharp” as we get older.  This whole website address the issue.  Although I don’t think I need to learn a huge number of new words, you exercise with the dictionary is going to provide a fun challenge for my wife and myself.  I also have worked with the equations exercises you have provided.  I am just at the first level because I just started, but I am going to work through.  Think how smart I will be.  Thanks for you work.  It is very helpful.

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    1. It is important to keep challenging the brain, it does make a difference as we grow older. I made contact with 2 friends from way back, both above 75 years and both suffering from Dementia; my Mom had it but not my Dad who lived to be 95, his brain was always active. Thank you for taking advantage of the exercises.

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  7. Congratulations on your accomplishments and current work. It’s nice that someone produces and shares these types of brain exercises for free. I’ve checked out a number of sites that don’t.

    I’m particularly interested in research that indicates two to three hours of brain exercises per week (for retirees) promotes heightened mental acuity well into old age. Would you like to comment on your philosophy and the research that led you to this work?

    Cheers, Henri

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    1. Thanks Henri, it all started after a stroke in 2013 that led me to create brain exercises  for stroke victims-aboutdiabetesnstrokes.com. please take a look, numbers and words. I am a trained teacher , but only worked for 31/2 years and wanted to give something back for the free training I received and promote critical thinking. It occurred to me that this is one area of teaching that was ignored and never approached creatively. Please check-aboutdiabetesnstrones.com– also and send me some feedback. Best wishes.

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  8. It is important to keep challenging the brain, it does make a difference as we grow older. I really feel that the younger generation should make use of this as I have noticed that their spelling is awful as they always use short text. (And I am not the best speller out there. haha) A few of my teacher friends have been complaining about the language and grammar they receive from students when it comes to testing. Thank you for a good read I will share it with my teacher friends.

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    1. Thank you so much, I would love teachers to use Word Stitch in schools, if I was still teaching I definitely would. That little device is a danger and an asset to education. We must teach the fundamentals. some children with maths don’t even know when they make a mistake on the calculator please . send me some feedback the first time you use word stitch in school.  Best wishes.

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