Words In A Showcase
If you are perplexed by how to help pupils with apparent vocabulary deficiencies, I suggest that you invest in a 300 page or so hardcover Dictionary and Thesaurus (in one binder) and place it on a stand similar to a podium. Use even a china cabinet. Knowing that a child might tear pages, move one step further and invest in a plexiglass case under a bright spotlight in museum style. Keep it under lock and key because a mammoth size book is my idea for your home, school, or community center and not only costly if requiring replacement but could get the pupil a loss of privileges. Set to talk and think about the dictionary much more often than before, each who observes it displayed in this protected way benefits! Put a handheld magnifier with an LED on it in the possession of pupils to make small print tolerable. Designate the responsibility of opening the dictionary case to those you can trust. Start a log and create incentives or competitions for those that ask to use it the most. If the pages are a second choice and electronic acquisitions of new words is preferred, you at least selected your home or public facility to make vocabulary-building a regular topic!
By Carol E. 2018 ©