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The big dictionaries strive to compile every word that can be found so there is a complete record of a language. The Oxford English Dictionary , published in the late 19th century, set the framework for dictionaries around the world. Smaller-sized dictionaries include words that are likely to be looked up.
Characteristics of a Good Dictionary for Children
Good children’s dictionaries include complete and easy to understand definitions along with helpful illustrations or photos. Visuals combined with words make it easier to grasp even the most difficult concepts. The average person uses only a small fraction of available words and phrases. A comprehensive dictionary that includes a complete list of commonly used words can help your child improve his grammar and increase his knowledge of the English language as well as improve his spelling.
How to Choose the Best Dictionary for Your Child
Be sure you choose a recent edition when you buy a dictionary for your child since the English language has become more fluid in recent years. Resist the urge to buy a dictionary that your child can use throughout his school years. Instead, buy an age appropriate dictionary that is specifically designed for your child’s age group. Dictionaries come in a range of formats, from coffee table style books to pocket style books that are easy to carry. Therefore, a dictionary is available to suit your child’s particular needs.
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ThoughtCo, an online reference site that focuses on expert-created education content, recommends several dictionaries. The Merriam-Webster Children’s Dictionary , with over 35,000 words and phrases, is an ideal resource for children in elementary school. Many dictionaries come with special appendices, pictures and more. Thorndike Barnhart Children’s Dictionary also includes over 35,000 words and phrases along with a 14-page reference section. An older child may benefit from a combination dictionary and thesaurus.
Every dictionary is compiled with a specific group of users in mind. Your child will be motivated to use the dictionary that you purchase for him if it has a theme that he finds interesting. For example, the Roald Dahl Dictionary features Dahl’s inimitable vocabulary along with Quentin Blake’s well-known illustrations. The Oxford First Dictionary , featuring computer-generated images, may interest your child if he enjoys computer games. The Multicultural Children´s Visual Dictionary comes in four languages.
Online Dictionaries for children are numerous. Visual Dictionary Online explores 15 major themes while The Internet Picture Dictionary connects words with images. Kids.Wordsmyth is a full-featured dictionary that includes photographs, animations, synonyms and pronunciations. Little Explorers Picture Dictionary, offered by EnchantedLearning.com, allows for additional research of a particular topic or word. The multilingual picture dictionary provides links to child-friendly sites, making it simple to surf the web. Fact Monster also offers many resources in addition to an online dictionary.
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The homework debate, october 30, 2017, suzanne zimbler.
In July 2017, families in Marion County, Florida, got some surprising news. “Traditional homework as we know it will disappear, at least for elementary students,” Heidi Maier said in a voice message to parents. Maier is the school superintendent. “Instead, we want students reading,” she said.
More than 20,000 students attend the county’s 31 elementary schools. Dara Mehr is one of them. She is in the fifth grade. Last year, Dara had two or three hours of homework a night. “I would have 12 math questions and six or seven pages of work to do for reading,” she told TIME for Kids.
Now Dara’s only homework is to read for 30 minutes. She and her younger sister, Neveah, enjoy having more time for other activities. But their mom, Kayla Mehr, misses last year’s homework. “Sometimes, getting the kids to sit down and read for 30 minutes is a challenge,” she says.
Paula Fass is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She says there has been disagreement over homework “ever since schooling became a requirement.”
Support for homework has gone up and down through the years (see “Homework History”). “In the 1900s, a lot of parents thought that homework just occupied children’s time [when] they could be doing chores,” says Fass. Today, many still question the role that homework should have in kids’ lives. (For more on the pros and cons of homework, see “Do Kids Need Homework?”)
Finding a Balance
Harris Cooper is a professor at Duke University. He has reviewed more than 50 studies on homework. In his view, homework has a positive effect on learning. “The effect gets larger as kids move through the grades. But even in the early grades, homework has a positive effect on simple skills,” he says.
The National Education Association and the National PTA suggest that students get 10 minutes of homework per grade. Cooper supports this policy. It is known as the “10-minutes rule.”
But he warns that not all homework is helpful. “If there’s too much of it or if it’s too difficult, it can lead to frustration,” he says. “And that’s not a good thing.”
This year, the school has a new principal, Isamar Vargas. The students have homework once again. But they receive only one assignment per day. “We want to build responsibility and structure,” says Vargas. “But we don’t want to take away the important time that children have with their families or practicing sports.”
Kelly Elementary won’t be the only school to experiment with its policies. “This is part of a long history of conflict over homework,” says Fass, the Berkeley professor. “And that can be expected to continue.”
Attitudes toward homework have changed throughout U.S. history. In the future, do you think support for homework will rise or fall?
Early 1900s: A number of school districts pass anti-homework rules. The goal? To cut down on students’ having to memorize information, known as rote learning.
1957: The Soviet Union launches Sputnik, a satellite. The space race is on. Homework in science and math increases.
1966: The National Education Association suggests “limited amounts” of homework in upper elementary school.
1983: President Ronald Reagan’s Education Department says schools need to improve. There is pressure to get tough.
1990s: Global competition is on the rise. Support for homework in the U.S. is strong. Students get more homework than they had in the past.
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Homework Help for Kids: Supporting Your Learner
Homework help should, of course, be age-dependent, decreasing in intensity as your children get older. Your 1st grader may need you to sit down with her each day in order to make sure she understands her assignment and has the materials necessary to complete it, while your 5th grader should be able to work independently. But children of any age can feel overwhelmed or confused by homework from time to time. Assist by reviewing directions and helping to set priorities.
The 10-Minute Rule Part of the issue, say many teachers and education experts, is that children are often being given too much homework too soon. The National Education Association (among other organizations) recommends no more than 10 minutes of homework per grade level per night. In other words, a 2nd grader should be spending about 20 minutes a day on homework, and a 5th grader no more than an hour. If you find that this 10-minute rule is greatly being exceeded, that assignments are going unfinished, or that exhaustion and frustration levels running high — it's time to talk to the teacher. She may need to modify the type or amount of work, or your child may need some extra help in certain areas.
Every Child Is Different Another landmine in the field of homework involves parental expectations. Dealing with siblings with such vastly divergent styles can be challenging. "Know thy child" is the most important commandment for parents, according to clinical psychologist Ruth Peters, Ph.D. Pay attention to each child's personal study habits. For example, don't hover over a self-starter, but do let a wildly energetic kid ride her bike for 15 minutes after school before settling down to do homework.
Tips for Easing Angst Whether the kitchen table is Homework Central or your child works better in the quiet of his own room, there are several things you can do to ensure that assignments are completed with maximum efficiency and minimum angst:
- Understand your child's physical needs, and make sure they are met before homework starts. Most kids will need a healthy snack, and many will need to blow off some steam with physical exercise. Let them run — but set a time limit.
- Set a regular homework schedule. With myriad extracurricular activities and sports schedules, it may not always be possible for your child to do homework at the same time every day. Still, a regular routine works best, whether it's right after school or immediately after dinner.
- Have your child track daily assignments in a notebook or planner. Stay organized ! Many schools provide a homework "agenda book" or something similar. If not, buy your own.
- Designate a homework area , and make sure your child has all the supplies she needs. Small, clear, plastic stacking boxes are perfect for holding — and keeping visible — sharpened pencils, markers, staplers, paper clips, rulers, calculators, etc.
- Come up with a system to ensure that homework is not only completed, but turned in. Peters recommends using two clear pocket folders, one marked "homework to be done" and the other "completed homework." If the completed homework is visible in the same place every day, it's more likely to end up in the backpack the next morning.
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Homework is good because it gives students a chance to practice and internalize information presented during classroom lessons. It also encourages parents to get involved in the student’s education.
As of 2011, mothers spend about 13.5 hours per week with their children, while fathers spend about 7.3 hours per week. Around 33 percent of parents said they didn’t have enough time with their children.
The big dictionaries strive to compile every word that can be found so there is a complete record of a language. The Oxford English Dictionary, published in the late 19th century, set the framework for dictionaries around the world.
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