Homeschool Vocabulary Building

Homeschoolers like most people intuitively relate vocabulary skills with education. Frankly, it's true. If you are well-read, you've picked up vocabulary. If you speak well using appropriate and powerful vocabulary, it reflects a clarity of  reasoning. Homeschoolers often like to spend time learning the Latin roots (and Greek roots) which helps them learn how to decode meaning of words from their morphology.

More homeschoolers, surveyed, can explain the morphology and meaning of homonyms, homophones, capitonyms, synonyms, antonyms, and other confusing terms than your average schooled kid. Of course, it helps that many schools have switched to terms like opposites, sound-alike words, and multiple meaning words.

There are many ways to learn vocabulary and some are better than others. The best way is to live in a rich vocabulary environment so that learning is natural. Reading also helps build vocabulary skills in a natural way. Homeschoolers are often good at this since the parents are very aware of their impact educationally on the kids. Learning a foreign language such as French or Spanish often incidentally increases the English vocabulary.

A lot of vocabulary learning comes from different games, especially for spelling.  The VocabularyCity website features these games: Unscramble Crossword PuzzleWordSearch, WordFind, Hangman, and Vocabulary Test..

Computers and other forms of technology are becoming increasingly more useful in a variety of ways. Like Paul Gee, Professor of Literacy at Arizona State University, teachers who use VocabularySpellingCity on a routine basis understand the instrumental role that games and game-based technology have on classroom instruction. In 2003, Gee explored what it was about games that absorbs players into “learning” how to navigate their way through unfamiliar territory.  Gee (2003) probed the appeal of games to better understand what enticed players to think like scientists.  Gee noted some of the educational benefits of providing ways for students to transfer game-like elements of agency, expertise, commitment, patience, and curiosity into other learning situations and environments. VocabularySpellingCity gives students and teachers the missing link between the gaming world and the world of learning—school.  Over 500,000 teachers throughout the world are reaping the benefits of using VocabularySpellingCity interactive computer-based, learning platform to explicitly build their students vocabulary knowledge in an effective and learner-centered fashion.  Teachers are able to supply an endless amount of age-appropriate practice opportunities for students to not only acquire greater vocabulary knowledge but also spelling skills.  Students are able to embellish their understanding of the relationship between words and how to spell them correctly.

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