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Using a dictionary correctly can help with vocabulary building, spelling, grammar, and more. That's why, if your child doesn't know how to use a dictionary, you should teach them, so they can use it as a learning tool. For tips on how to achieve that, continue reading the post below.

How to Use a Dictionary to Learn

  1. First and foremost, your child should be familiar with the alphabet, as they will need it to search for words on the dictionary. To help them memorize it, you can sing the ABC song until they know it by heart.
  2. There are several types of dictionaries out there (translation, legal, medical, among other). At this time, you should provide the right dictionary for your child which would be an updated, pocket-sized English dictionary (it could be illustrated, too).
  3. Dictionaries are often made up of different parts and sections (the thesaurus, the part of speech, etc.), and it's a good idea to sit with your child and explain to them how to use each, so they can take full advantage of this learning tool.
  4. At some point, you will have to teach your child to search for new words on the dictionary. Tell them to start with finding the section of the first letter of the unknown word. Then, they can look at the guide words at the top to find the new word easily.
  5. Finally, it's necessary that your child understands what the new word means. To ensure they do, encourage them to look up any unfamiliar words in the definition, so they can clear it up.

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