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Equipping your child with the right learning tools can give them the advantage they need in a competitive world. A dictionary, for example, can allow them to increase their vocabulary, communicate effectively, and have a better understanding of the written word. However, providing said tools isn't enough; they should actually know how to use them for them to be beneficial. For a few tips on how you can help your child employ a dictionary, continue reading.

How to Use a Dictionary to Learn

  1. The first way to help your child is to ensure they learn the alphabet. Needless to say, they will need the know the order the letters are in if they want to search for words in the dictionary, so sing the ABC song with them until they know it by heart.
  2. The next step is a simple but crucial one: find the perfect dictionary. There are a lot of options to choose from. Since you have a child, a pocket-sized (maybe even illustrated), updated, English dictionary can work best for them.
  3. The next step is explaining to them the components of the dictionary, what they mean, and how they can use them to learn effectively (e.g.: the thesaurus, the part of speech, the pronunciation, and more).
  4. Moving forward, help them search for the first word. To begin the search, they will need to find the first letter of the word. Once in that section of the dictionary, they can use the guide words at the top to locate the word they need.
  5. Lastly, encourage your child to understand the definitions of the words they're searching for. For instance, if there's an unknown word in the definition, they should search for that too, so they can grasp the meaning of the first word better.

For One-on-One Tutoring in Houston TX

If your child requires assistance to become a better speller, reader, writer, or other, The Tutoring Center, Houston TX can empower them to reach their potential. Call (832) 571-8224 for more information on one-on-one tutoring in Houston TX, or to request a free consultation.


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