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When used correctly, a dictionary can help with vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, and much more. To make sure that your child can take full advantage of their dictionary, follow the tips below.

How to Use a Dictionary to Learn

  1. The first step in using the dictionary in the most effective way possible is to know the alphabet. If your child struggles with this, simply sign the ABC song with them, until they've memorized the order the letter are in.
  2. Of course, you then need to provide the right dictionary for your child. There are legal dictionaries, medical dictionaries, translation dictionaries, and more. However, right now, they need an updated English dictionary.
  3. The next step is to familiarize your child with the dictionary. To make that happen, take a moment to explore it with them. While you do, stop to explain the different components of the dictionary and how they can help them (like the thesaurus or parts of speech).
  4. Needless to say, you will need to teach your child how to search for words in the dictionary. To that end, you should recommend they begin looking for the first letter in the unknown word. Also tell them to employ the guide words at the tops of the pages to make their search easier.
  5. Lastly, what good is a dictionary if you don't really understand the meaning of the unknown word? To ensure your child does, they should know the meaning of all of the words in the definition. If they don't, they should search for them in the dictionary as well.

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