Word Studio

eviemcraeI can’t think of many greater gifts than to teach and encourage your child to use a dictionary from a young age.

If I asked how to spell something my mother would always say, ‘Look it up’. I used to say how can I look it up if I don’t know how to spell it? After she’d given me a clip round the ear for my cheek, I’d dig out the dictionary. As I searched for the illusive word I’d find many more and so my vocabulary grew significantly.  Being a little smart ass I would try and find convoluted words and learn them so I could use them in a sentence. I always hoped to get one over on my mother so I could turn around to her and say ‘Look it up’. It never happened.

All joking aside, when a child is learning it’s important to create a sense of fun, joy and achievement. There’s something about being independent and finding the answer for yourself. I find if you have to go and look something up, it sticks in your brain longer. You’ve put some effort in so you’re not going to forget so readily.

I hope you enjoy the Word Studio. It’s under development, but in time it will be packed full of random word facts. Feel free to add some of your own.

Guess the longest word in dictionary

Nope it’s not … (take in big breath) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious This extra long word (which loosely translates as Fantastic) was invented for a movie, and then it became a word in the dictionary. What you probably didn’t know is that there is a word that is longer. It’s not quite such a fun sounding one though. …