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A thesaurus. You know what it is, right? You know, that book that contains a bunch of words. No no, not the dictionary. That has a lot of words too but that book usually tells you what the words mean. A thesaurus groups words that have similar meaning together in one place. Instead of saying ‘mad’, the thesaurus will give you other words like ‘angry’ that you could use.
Sounds simple enough, right?
No, it’s not. You see, as a child you learn about words. You learn words have meanings. You learn to spell words and string them together to make a coherent sentence which then becomes a coherent paragraph and finally a coherent story of some sort.
Every child needs a good thesaurus because it helps to build their vocabulary and extend their ability to write creatively. Imagine your favourite story rewritten to only use the word ‘sad’ whenever a ‘sad’ emotion was needed. Now, imagine that same favourite story embellished with words like ‘distraught’ ‘agony’ ‘upset’ ‘unhappy’ ‘gloomy’ and so on. As an adult, this might seem simple enough for you but for a child, that’s not an easy feat.
That’s the power of a good thesaurus. It gives children access to new words and new ideas. It also empowers children to write and be free with their writing.
Recently, my big kid received a thesaurus as a gift. The Scholastic Children’s Thesaurus is a beautiful hardcover book, carefully organized and illustrated to make synonyms appear approachable and fun. – Continue Reading