Being Word Aware

Word Tip:

Collins Co-build online dictionary: It can happen that when talking with your child or reading a story with your child, your child may hear a word that is new to them. This is a great opportunity to talk about the meaning of the new word. You can use Collins co-build online dictionary to help you find a user-friendly meaning of the word. Regular dictionary definitions can still be difficult for children to understand, so try using the Collins co-build online dictionary.

Compare the difference between these definitions for ‘mood’:

  • Collins Cobuild: Your mood is the way you are feeling at a particular time. If you are in a good mood, you feel cheerful. If you are in a bad mood, you feel angry and impatient.
  • Merriam-Webster: a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion.

Which definition is easier to understand?

Word Game:

What would you do?: Think up small problems that your child might encounter, such as getting lost, losing money, finding a mobile phone. Ask your child what would they do? Why? Ask other people what would they do and why. Which one is the best option? Why?

All of this is good practice with reasoning skills, which are really important for subjects such as science, as well as learning social skills.