I started the year off strong with a new vocabulary word a week…then, quickly fizzled out. As pitiful as it sounds, taking the time to find a new word each week was a deterrent to actually following through. So, yesterday, I sat down and did what I did with our Bible verses at the beginning of the year: I went ahead and wrote out enough vocabulary words to last us the rest of this school year.
I’m getting my words from Hot Words for the SAT by Barron’s, but any source would work – a website, a different vocabulary word book, the dictionary or even your kids’ other school books, such as history or science.
Then I made a nifty “word holder” for our bulletin board, thus ensuring continued success. There’s nothing like a nifty gadget to make sure you stay on track. Here’s our word card holder:
I simply typed “Word of the Week” in Microsoft Word using the word art feature to make the words curved. I printed this out on cardstock and cut the page in half. I trimmed the leftover half to make a frame for 3X5 index cards, rounded the corners with one of my scrapbooking tools and colored it so the word cards would stand out.
Then, I took an X-acto knife and cut slits in four spots on the word card holder so that I could slide in the corners of the 3X5 cards. This will make it easy to change the cards weekly.
I wrote out the vocabulary words, one per card, on the 3X5 cards in large letters with a Sharpie marker and wrote the part of speech and the definition below the word in ink. I’ve got these filed in a 3X5 card file that also contains alphabetical tabbed dividers. The words we haven’t used will go in the front and we’ll file the others alphabetically as we use them for easy reference and review.