Mrs Wordsmith

Mrs Wordsmith : Making Words Fun!

One of the biggest issues I found when I was teaching Key Stage 2 children, was that they have a tendency to use a lot of repetition in their word choices.  I, along with numerous other teachers, have spent many an hour creating resources to encourage children to make more interesting word choices, often to no avail.  The problem really is that, no matter how many words we give the children, unless they understand the meaning, know how to use it appropriately in their writing, and understand how the word changes their writing, we are onto a bit of a loser! So when I came across Mrs Wordsmith a few months ago, and looked into it a little bit, I realised that here is a resource that can actually make a difference to children’s writing – not only that but it’s almost guaranteed to have them laughing as they learn! Win win situation!

Mrs Wordsmith : Making Words Fun

If you are looking for a fun way to teach children vocabulary, then look no further. Click through to find out what a Headteacher thought about Mrs Wordsmith, and how it can increase children's vocabulary in a fun, engaging way.

If you’ve not heard of Mrs Wordsmith before, it is a innovate word building system which aims to teach children around 1500 story telling words over a 6 month period.  Each word is accompanied by a wonderfully silly illustration and also has a number of word pairs that work with the word, meaning that children not only understand what the word means from the illustration, but also have to hand other words to pair with it, meaning they can use it in their writing immediately!

I absolutely love this way of teaching children new words.  They are able to understand from the picture what the word means and then they have several other words that are either synonyms of the word, or work well with the word, to elevate their writing.  I’ve used the system with several different children, and, without exception, they all loved the illustrations – to the extent that they were still talking (and laughing) about them several days later.  How many times does that happen when we introduce new words to our children??

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Over a period of 6 months, the children build their story telling vocabulary beginning with character words, and then moving onto words to help them describe the weather, taste and smell, actions, emotions and settings. So by the end of the 6 months, the children will have an extra 1500 words in their word banks, and not only that but they are interesting and exciting words, meaning that their storytelling skills will be so much more interesting too!

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Over the course of the 6 months, you will receive a daily workbook where the children can work on one page a day (which they love to do, and in some cases are desperate to do more!), a folder to put all of their new words into and a pack of vocabulary cards to take with you on the go.  

It’s not often that I come across a subscription service of any type that I think will actually make a difference to the children’s learning, but this one is a definite exception.  I was delighted to read that Mrs Wordsmith also do a pack specifically for teachers which includes bulk amounts of the folders, books and cards – and would be an absolutely fabulous way to carry out an intervention in schools to ensure that children’s writing improves rapidly!

If you’d like to find out more and look into the subscription, check it out over at Mrs Wordsmith.

Disclosure: I was sent the Mrs Wordsmith subscription set in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own and I only ever recommend a product that I truly believe works.

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