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”.
- Finding the inspiration!
- Choosing the vocabulary adapted to your child’s level
- Finding topics that can interest your child
- Word or any word-processing software.
- Colour printer
- A pair of scissors
- A (preferably attractive) box
- Select a variety of words and search clip-arts from Internet.
- Open a new Word document. Insert a table with 2 columns and 6 lines.
- 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.
- Print in colour.
- Cut out each cell to create little cards.
- Place the cards in the box, from which you will ask your child to draw a card at random every day.