Teaching vocabulary at home can intentionally and gently be introduced around age five as a part of language arts studies. As you learn about teaching vocabulary, keep in mind that vocabulary is learned and taught first as part of everyday conversation.
This article is part of a series meant to encourage and prepare moms to teach language arts at home to their children using almost any program.
- My approach to teaching language arts is very loosely based on the Spalding method which I have adapted to meet our needs as a large homeschooling family who embraces a lifestyle of learning.
- My goal is to show you how to teach yourself language arts so that you can teach your children language arts – while instilling a love of learning in your children.
- You will learn how to be intentional in language arts instruction so that you are prepared and able to utilize almost any language arts curriculum to your benefit.
- You may even realize you can create your own curriculum using the simplest and cheapest materials like notebooks and pencils!
- I recommend that you teach language arts to your children by example as soon as possible as an extension of parenting.
Vocabulary Resources We Love
American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Facsimile Edition)American Dictionary of the English Language (1828 Edition)Fix It! Grammar: The Nose Tree [Student Book 1]Merriam-Webster’s Vocabulary Builder, Newest Ed, completely revisedEnglish from the Roots Up, Vol. 1: Help for Reading, Writing, Spelling, and S.A.T. ScoresWord Up! The Vocab Show | Volume 1
All About Teaching Vocabulary For Homeschool Moms
Definition of vocabulary:
- 1.the stock of words used by or known to a particular people or group of persons
- 2.a list or collection of the words or phrases of a language, technical field, etc., usually arranged in alphabetical order and defined
- 3.the words of a language.
Teaching Vocabulary In Real Life
- Teaching vocabulary at home means to expand our child’s usage and understanding of words.
- The English dictionary is literally the vocabulary of our language. Therefore, teaching vocabulary and how to use a dictionary go hand-in-hand.
- As a parent you are teaching your child by example starting from their birth – this includes academics like vocabulary.
- Be intentional with your speech and usage of words.
- Make it a habit to look up words in the dictionary if you are not sure of a meaning or pronunciation.
- Read a variety of books to your children – classics are great for building vocabulary.
- Read the King James Version Bible to yourself and your children to stretch your vocabulary.
- Biblical Word Studies are a great way to do a Bible study and word study at the same time.
- Start formal vocabulary lessons when your child is ready – this can be anywhere from age five to age twelve!
- Keep lessons short and sweet.
- Teach them how to use the dictionary.
- Choose a language arts curriculum or program that will include vocabulary lessons.
- Create your own vocabulary lessons – do this by looking up one word per day in the dictionary with your child and discussing its meaning, assigning a word to your child for them to look up in the dictionary and explain the meaning to you, or have them write the word, its part of speech, and meaning in a notebook.
- Introduce vocabulary through Latin. We like watching Word Up! The Vocab Show as a fun way to do this.
Language Arts Programs That Teach Vocabulary
Remember to use curriculum as a tool to educate yourself ahead of your children and then implement what you’ve learned with your children – especially with younger children.
Older children may be able to use the curriculum alongside you or independently if they have been taught to embrace a lifestyle of learning and a love of learning.
- The Phonics Road To Spelling & Reading – I used this with my oldest two but it didn’t work for us to continue when I needed to add a third child.
- Spell To Write & Read – what we currently use with our children ages 6-11 for phonics, spelling, and reading lessons and it includes a gentle introduction to vocabulary, grammar, literature, and writing.
- IEW’s Fix-It! Grammar – what we currently use for formal vocabulary lessons starting around age 11.
- American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster, 1928 – great for Christian families!
- Visual Latin – works as a great way to study the English language from the roots up.
Let me know if you have any questions or comments and I’ll do my best to address them!