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 fancier 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, the book 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.
We’re reading with sticky notes to jot down favorite words, too. These words can be looked up in the dictionary and added to your word collection, too. Not only that, but it will get kids thinking metacognitively and prepare them for annotating texts later on in school.
Word Play Activities
Here are ways you can play more with words…
Get silly with tongue twisters. They’re a blast!
Or learn palindromes. These are my favorite, way more than my kids. I’m weird like that.
Finally, make up silly words by combing two words together. My favorite made-up word of my own is snoph (sneeze + cough) but it still hasn’t caught on yet. Which is weird because we NEED that word! Right?
Our Favorite Word-Loving Books
Read books that celebrate words. Books like these…
Make Your Own Parts of Speech Books
Just for fun, and maybe for when you play Mad Libs, you can use your cut-out words to make your own parts of speech books.
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