A word a day

In France, at Christmas time, a common cheap present that has been all over the biggest bookstore chain over the past decade is a little calendar that will give you an interesting or silly fact, Question & Answer, joke or unusual word a day. Being of a curious nature, I like these little calendars. They gave me the idea to enrich my then 4-year old’s English vocabulary with a new word a day.  At first, I searched the Internet for something of the like for children, but did not find anything adapted.
So I decided to create my own with words I new my eldest did not know or that I hand-picked from her books. This would be the opportunity to explain them or at worst would act as a reminder (and gauge of her knowledge). My husband built on this by translating the word to Spanish.
Nowadays, we do not use this but have moved on to the “Weekly Mystery Word”.

Challenges:

  • Finding the inspiration!
  • Choosing the vocabulary adapted to your child’s level
  • Finding topics that can interest your child

Resources used:

  • Word or any word-processing software.
  • Colour printer
  • A pair of scissors
  • A (preferably attractive) box

Steps:

  1. Select a variety of words and search clip-arts from Internet.
  2. Open a new Word document. Insert a table with 2 columns and 6 lines.
  3. Copy and paste 1 clip-art in each cell. Try to define the same height for each picture so your table is neat and regular in presentation.
  4. Print in colour.
  5. Cut out each cell to create little cards.
  6. Place the cards in the box, from which you will ask your child to draw a card at random every day.

End result:

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3 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for sharing this idea with us.

    This is one of those activities that you have always on your mind but never end putting into action.
    I will definitely put it in practise.

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  2. I really want to do ‘word of the day’ but I am struggling to find the right vocabulary or have time to set it up. I am in awe of how you do all these activities with two minority languages and working full time and blogging so much!

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    1. I don’t usually have a set topic for a word a day (only a couple of times did I do it on a topic – ballet and seasons). I prefer to pick new words recently seen in a book, words my daughter was recently looking for when talking to me. Otherwise, get inspiration from children dictionaries/encyclopediaes, or vocabulary board games (we have one in French called Vocabulon. Google it, maybe it can give you ideas 🙂 ).
      And let it be clear, I’m no wonder woman: it is so much work I only do it in English… I normally leave Spanish to Daddy! 😉 He usually just butts in translating it to Spanish 😉
      What you can is progressively build a vocabulary list in a blank email on your smartphone (hence always at hand). Once you have maybe a dozen or more words, once kids are in bed, spend evening googling images for these words, copy-paste images and your list in a Word document. It does not take that long to do. The planning does, but you can do it throughout the day whenever an idea comes up and jotting it down in blank email so as not to forget your idea(s). 😉

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