Oxford Primary Dictionary and Thesaurus - Model LWB-1216


Feel the need for a different approach to finding words and their meanings as well as helping with spelling? Does writing become a chore for your young children if they do not have appropriate vocabulary or cannot spell words? The Franklin Dictionary, Thesaurus and Spell Checker might be for you. Some children find the sheer size of dictionaries difficult to deal with and time can be wasted by not being able to access words and phrases – as well as correctly spelling them - for writing. This small, colourful device gives instant access to over 30,000 words and phrases from the authoritative Children’s Oxford English Dictionary – as well as word lists devised in association with the National Literacy Association (NLA). Of course, the skills necessary for using dictionaries are still essential and are still mentioned in new National Curriculum guidelines, but children will be encouraged to enjoy and develop their writing more if they use something like this, rather than spending all their precious class time looking up words – especially if they cannot spell them anyway.The vocabulary is age appropriate for KS1 and 2, and over 50,000 synonyms are available to encourage vocabulary development. Just type in a word and press Enter. The headword is still there; it tells you about parts of speech and offers a simple definition.You can find definitions and synonyms and even if you spell the word incorrectly a smiley face appears and tells you so but suggests alternatives. All the child has to do is scroll down to what he or she thinks is correct – a good way to quickly reflect on misspelling. They will always be successful in finding their word – and not be frustrated. The spell correction is based on phonetics. Because our language is a confusing one – think of all those homophones, the programme will highlight these problems – again another way to give instant feedback, essential for language learning, and not provided by a traditional dictionary. Word lists are available for topics (courtesy of the NLA). This enables children to become more easily creative in their writing by having access to appropriate and relevant vocabulary. The product also contains interactive elements. Children can create their own word lists – good for teachers to know which words are causing problems – hence they can be helpful with assessment. Children can play games (you can set the skill level), but this is not a games consol. This product has a real educational aim and the games reinforce the development of language, particularly for writing and correct spelling. This means that they can be used sensibly in class and teachers could even recommend their use for parents, as they are not cheap items for every child to have in his or her own bag (but much lighter to carry home for homework!)It is well-designed. The product itself is very child-friendly. Its size and shape as well as colour show this. Instructions are clear, but the key pad is intuitive. There is even a colourful, illustrated  A3 poster to encourage children to use the word bank.

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