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Dictionaries are a great learning tool that your child can use to improve their spelling, their reading comprehension, and their vocabulary. However, if you want them to use the dictionary effectively and to their advantage, you’ll need to teach them how to do it. If you’d like a few tips on this subject, you can put the ones mentioned below to good use. 

How to Teach Your Child to Use a Dictionary

  1. Start by reviewing and helping your child memorize the alphabet. Even singing the alphabet song along with them can help them remember the order in which the letters appear.
  2. The next step is actually picking the right dictionary for your child. As you know, there are specialized dictionaries, translation dictionaries, and more. However, an English, paperback pocket dictionary that they can take with them is a great place to start.
  3. Then, you should take the dictionary and learn about it with your child. Dictionaries also help with pronunciation, with classify the part of speech, and more. This is why you should teach your child how to identify the different parts and the abbreviations used in the dictionary.
  4. Now it’s time to teach your child how they should search for the words effectively. Tell them to begin by looking up the first letter in the word in the dictionary. Then, they should use the guide words at the top to quickly verify if the word they’re looking for is in that section/page.
  5. Finally, make sure that your child understands the definition of the words they look up so they can improve their vocabulary. For instance, encourage them to look up unknown words within the definition so they can have a better idea of a word’s meaning. 
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