The pages of this dictionary, when stapled together, make a personal Dictionary for each child.
Before children learn how to use a complex dictionary it is good for them to use a simple, personal dictionary.
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A simple, personal dictionary is useful as soon as a child can write a simple sentence, leaving gaps for the words and using inventive spelling that you (the tutor) can read, and make sense of the sentence. Introducing a dictionary before this development may inhibit a child’s confidence and the flow of the writing.
As a guide, this development usually occurs during the first year of formal schooling.
Using a simple, personal dictionary allows each child to build up a bank of words he/she is using in his/her writing.
Children get used to looking up words in alphabetical order according to the letter a word begins with.
Using a simple dictionary gives the child easy access to the correct spelling of common words. After looking up a word a few times a child learns to recognise it and eventually learns how to spell it correctly without having to check.
Some children will want to look up every word she/he cannot spell before they write it. Other children will be happy to write using inventive spelling. These children can be encouraged to edit their writing by reading it through, putting a circle around words they are not sure how to spell and checking the correct spelling in the dictionary.
Before using the dictionary a child should be able to repeat the alphabet by heart. Singing it to a tune or chanting it helps. Knowing the order of the letters of the alphabet enables the child to easily find the page he/she is looking for in the dictionary.
Using the ‘Alphabet Sheet’ (provided) will also give the child an idea of the order of the alphabet. (eg) She/he will be able to see that the letter ‘c’ will be at the beginning of the dictionary, the letter ‘m’ will be around the middle and the letter ‘w’ towards the back.
Each page of this dictionary has commonly used words printed on it.
If the child requires a word not already included, write it on the correct page for the child to copy.
The words you write on the page do not have to be in strict alphabetical order.