As I continue with Blogging Through the Alphabet with some of our homeschool friends, we come to the letter Y.
Our nature studies brought us to this word of the week. We love to integrate nature studies – bird studies, tree studies, etc – into our homeschool. As we looked for a “Y” word that would be fun and expand our vocabulary, we found this great word.
My children are elementary age so these words are aimed at developing my elementary school aged kids vocabulary but are generally words that I think are interesting, unique or something kids should know.
This weeks Blogging Through the Alphabet – Word of the Week begins with Y.
Y is for YaffleDefinition: (noun) European Green Woodpecker
The class sited the yaffle in the distant tree.
The yaffle was identified by its laugh-like note sounds.
How we worked with the word:
- Write the word and its definition in our vocabulary notebook.
- Read the definition out loud.
- Write two sentences using the word properly.
- Use the word each day in some manner to try and make the use of the word part of our vocabulary.
The kids like to see who can remember to use the word of the week at breakfast each morning. We are now giving points each day for using it in a sentence properly each day. Whoever gets the most points gets to choose the weekend movie.
Do you use vocabulary words in your school? What do you like to do with developing vocabulary for your children?
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