Creative Tips & Ideas To Build Word Skills – WHISKING APPLES

Vocabulary builds skills:
reading comprehension, listening comprehension,
​writing, spelling and pronunciation


Sweet Chocolate Spoons from our February Word Guide.


Interactive chalkboards with word games.

 Promote understanding and retention of new words, to build a strong vocabulary with these fun seasonal guides, which include:
Interactive Chalkboards
Fun & Simple
Word Games &
Word Families
Extra Fun Stuff
Vocabulary is not meant
to be taught in isolation.
Instead teach in a
natural conversational
setting with your child.

 Apples & Whisks & Other Word Games
Exploring with Vocabulary

                 Turning 3 simple words into a                                            plethora of new vocabulary                                         

Tip 1: Play Word Games
 Identify synonyms and antonyms: 
especially fun for 2nd and 3rd graders building language skills rapidly as reading levels increase.

Provide examples and non-examples: 
exaggerate non-examples making them fun to add silliness to learning. 

Relate words to everyday experiences: 
at a restaurant, playground, visiting family, find ways to point out different objects and experiences.

Tip 2: Engage in Conversation                                                                                 

Plug-in the vocabulary words in everyday conversations. 
For example:

  1. Asking questions
  2. Reading a book and pointing out vocabulary words

Tip 3: Taste your Words

Unique recipes involve vocabulary words in a cooking activity.  We call it ‘tasting letters’!
Involving the 5 senses builds retention and understanding.

​​​Ideas to remember vocabulary words:
– sticky notes (on bedroom doors and other unusual places)
– Bathroom mirrors with
dry erase markers (the kids get a ‘kick’ out of this)


​​ Each month our lessons and activities offer a group of vocabulary words your child will be exposed to at school in the corresponding subject areas.  Using them at home will increase their level of understanding and comprehension in the classroom.  Use the words throughout the month, not just in our activities. Try out a few of our tips with our suggested vocabulary words and you will see your child’s vocabulary expand each month.


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