In an effort to help Jennah learn her vocabulary I resorted to an old and ancient technique despite all the “modern” methods I have read about online (eg. My previous post Spelling & Vocabulary).
The first thing I did was go to our area stationary store…. Fun Fun Fun!!! and I bought “special” Vocabulary requirements.
They include different colored index cards, markers and highlighters. It was hard to control myself and not buy anything else.
I just had to keep reminding myself to stay focused on why I was there!
We then spoke and demonstrated each word to each other using different actions and memory triggers. That way she had a visual of me every time she read one of her words. It was almost like a weird game of charades.
I had written all the vocabulary words on one side of the index card, made it fun by using different colors.
After practicing and talking about each of her vocabulary words for a little while I had Jennah write the corresponding meaning of each word on the reverse side of the Index.
The prepping of the index cards ended and we then went to traditional Flash card technique.
I would show her the word while the reverse side was facing me. She just had to tell me the answer and I could easily check it since it was facing me.
I’m proud to say that this technique is 100% effective because she did really well on her vocabulary test.
One test down and many more to go!!!
With a little more effort I managed to transform studying into Making Life Memorable by studying creatively.