Friday, November 30, 2012

DK Canada ~ My First Dictionary Canadian Edition {REVIEW}

My 4 year old daughter Annika LOVES letters and words. She loves to sit at the table and fill pages and pages of her notebook with random letters. She also likes to ask me how to spell every single word that pops into her head. I'll write the word down and  then she copies it as best she can. I love her desire to learn and this is the perfect age and opportunity to encourage that desire to learn. And what better tool is there than a dictionary to help learn about words. Annika loves My First Dictionary from DK Canada. It's one of her favourite books now. She was naturally drawn right away to the bright colourful pictures. We like to sit and look through the book together. I'll point at the different words and she'll tell me what they say. She can't really read them yet. She only knows the words because she sees the pictures. But she gets excited thinking she's reading and it builds her confidence. If we keep at it every day she'll soon learn the words and be able to read them without the pictures.  

This is a great opportunity to start teaching Annika at a young age how to use a dictionary. This dictionary helps her to learn that there are groups of words that start with the same letter and it helps her learn alphabetical order. The words chosen for this dictionary were carefully selected from words that are commonly used by young children, making it very practical. Words are clearly defined in simple language along with a full-colour photo or illustration. And did I mention that it also contains correct Canadian spelling, like colour, armour, and theatre? Even I get confused sometimes, so this is helpful. 

Another feature of this book that I love is the Dictionary games found on the last few pages. There are 9 games including Animal Alphabet, Spelling Puzzle, Word Detective, and Animal Jumble. Learning is always so much more successful when it's fun and this book is lots of fun. Annika and I will definitely be using My First Dictionary often during our homeschooling lessons. 

If you would like to add this beautiful book to your home library collection you can purchase it directly from DK Canada, with FREE shipping on orders over $50 or order it through Amazon.ca.


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**Disclosure: The product mentioned above has been given free of charge from DK Canada in order to facilitate this review. The opinions expressed in this post are those of Homeschooling Mom 4 Two and have not been influenced in any other way.

16 comments:

  1. I would love to get this for my grandson. He's also 4. He's in preschool and loves it. He doesn't speak very well because of complications caused during his birth. He is in speech therapy and it's helping. I think this dictionary could help him with his speech a great deal!

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  2. I think it's important that kids know how to use a dictionary. When I started homeschooling my son he was in grade 3 and he didn't know what a dictionary was and had never used one in school.

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  3. I love books. This is such a good book and would love to have my daughter learn from this book.

    Narathip Wall
    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

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  4. I would love to win such a book for my 6 year old. He is such a book worm!

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  5. This is a great idea for any kid! I may have to get one for my nieces and nephews :)

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  6. Books play such an important role to children both for you to read to them, and when they are old enough to learn to read themselves. A Dictionary is essential to have, its the ulimate book of knowledge for all children to have..:-)

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  7. Have you tried getting her to sound words out? I took a teaching reading course over the summer and it talked about it being better to help break the word into sound bites (phoenomes) than to just tell all the letters.
    My 4 yr old daughter sounds a lot like yours with the love of letters and learning words

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    1. Yes, we've been working on sounding out the words too. Thanks for the great tip. We have flash cards and we go through them from time to time and work on sounding them out. That course sounds awesome. I didn't know such a course was available.

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  8. I wonder if this would help my daughter learn to spell, well begin to anyways! She just turned 3 and is starting to understand the letters that words start with. Now we just have to get the rest of the letters. Why must 'C' and 'K' sound so similar!?!

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  9. This sounds like a wonderful book. I like that it's Canadian. Picture dictionaries have lots of pictures, so they are great even for children who are just learning to say the names of the things they see. My children would have loved to have this picture dictionary. My friend's daughter would love this one too.

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  10. This looks like a Canadian book every young child should have! My 4 year old Godson would enjoy us sharing it. I'm sure it would lead to alot of discussions and questions we could engage in.

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  11. This looks like a wonderful book and how great that it's Canadian specific! Books are such a wonderful thing and so important for growing minds of all ages!

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  12. How thoughtful of you:) I work for the School Board and I would LOVE to share this book with all my Kindergartens:) Thank you!!!

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  13. How thoughtful of you:) I work for the School Board and I would LOVE to share this book with all my Kindergartens:) Thank you!!!
    Amanda Reynolds

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  14. a first dictionary is very important for young children, it's so great you have this offer for all of us to enter. Also good it's for us Canadians only to enter...eheh

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  15. Learning is so much fun indeed with this dictionary for kids! I would love to have this one for my 5 year old daughter too! :)

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