Wake up those tired words

Do your kids regularly fill their sentences with ho-hum words like big, happy, nice, walked, and said? Here’s a fabulous idea for a pocket word bank to help children choose more concrete synonyms instead.

Thesaurus.com is a perfect place to begin gathering synonyms.

  1. Enter a word your kids tend to overuse.
  2. Browse the various lists and pick out a handful of reasonable synonyms.
  3. Type them up using a large, clear font.
  4. Print out the words and cut them into strips, laminating them so they hold up longer.

A “Good” Illustration

Let’s use good as an example, since it’s often overused (good friend, good snack, good worker, good child). With a few synonyms at their disposal, your children can choose much stronger, more concrete words instead, such as:

  • honorable
  • marvelous
  • pleasing
  • competent
  • virtuous
  • skillful
  • healthy
  • wholesome
  • reliable
  • friendly
  • kindhearted
  • gracious
  • obedient
  • well-mannered

Now they can describe a kindhearted friend, healthy snack, skillful worker, or obedient child. Not only will their writing improve, their vocabulary will grow too!

Pop over to Cheryl Sigmon’s website to check out a closeup photo and make a Tired Words pocket chart of your own. In no time, you’ll begin to see more descriptive, lively words spilling from your kids’ pens!

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