Our word collection started when JJ’s teacher read aloud Donavan’s Word Jar to her class. JJ wanted to start a word collection jar at home. Of course, I was happy to oblige!
Find a Jar
We found jars and labeled them. One of these days, we may get more fancy and decorate the jars but we wanted to get right to our collecting so we left that until later.
Find Words for the Word Collection
We began with old magazines. We looked for interesting words to cut out and keep in the word jars.
We found many wonderful, juicy words in the picture books we read. For example, King Hugo’s Huge Ego gave us about twenty words for our jar! JJ wrote down these words on slips of paper and added them to her collection.
I love to read with sticky notes to jot down favorite words. These words can be looked up in the dictionary and add to your word collection, too.
Word Play Activities
Our Favorite Word-Loving Books
Make Your Own Parts of Speech Books
Use your cut-out words and make your own parts of speech books.
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