WooHoo!!! I saw someone mention the book The Boy Who Loved Words somewhere recently. The minute I heard the title I knew I needed to grab the book and check it out for myself.
I immediately checked our school library but nope, didn’t have it. So I emailed our Primary (k-2) Elementary Librarian. She had it and sent it home with my son last night. I voraciously (That is a word from the book) read it as soon as I got home and it was perfect!!!
All year long, my students have been gathering words to “expand our vocabulary”.
We study the vocabulary words that our reading series introduces each week. My students squeal with glee (ok the boys don’t actually squeal) when they find one of our vocabulary words in their own personal reading books. For the first semester, we gathered these vocabulary words on a huge “I SPY my vocabulary words” poster. They wrote the vocabulary word, the title of the book they found it in and then sign their name. The kids filled this poster up quickly and loved it!
Now for the second semester, I switched it up on them. We are still word collectors but now we are gathering interesting, intriguing, new, important words in our own independent reading. The can share and write their words on our new “Word Collector” poster. They keep a personal word collector page in their notebooks as well. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered a there was a book about a boy who collected words. Along with being a really cute story, it contained many new, tantalising (yeah that’s another one) words!!! I hope it inspires my students to continue being word collectors and to have a purpose for their words. I want them to be awakened to words, notice vocabulary. Eventually, I hope to see them weaving these new words they’ve discovered into their writing as well. The Boy Who Loved Words is a gem I know I will be ordering it for my classroom library to share with my 4th graders every year!!!
Note: I grabbed the word “mellifluously” from the book . I swirled it around my head practicing its pronunciation all day. Then would you believe while we were reading a fable from our reading series-------the word mellifluously was used?!!!! Weeeeee!!! (That is ME squealing!!)