Give that verb a prize!

8 - 10 years
Ideas to help your child practise their literacy skills - with you, and online
Girl reading in library

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Year 3-4 curriculum include:

  • recognising and using verbs and adverbs.

It’s easy to help your child practise this skill as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Hunt for interesting words

Have you ever held a Word Hunt Challenge with your child? It's a great way to develop your child's vocabulary while having fun - just pick a theme, set a timeframe, and decide whether to make it a competition or a collaborative challenge:

  • Who can find the most new nouns this week? 
  • Let's see how many new adjectives we can find in our books this week. Do you think we can get to twenty?

For maximum benefit, make it a weekly challenge, with a different theme each week. Start with broad themes such as 'verbs', ‘adverbs’, ‘adjectives’, then introduce more specific themes, such as:

  • verbs about moving
  • adverbs related to eating
  • adjectives about feelings
  • nouns to describe scenery
  • words about weather
  • adjectives starting with ‘m’.

Then watch your child's vocabulary blossom as they pay new attention to the words in books, brochures, movies and magazines!

Go online

For online reinforcement, The Abandoned House will give your child practice at:

  • choosing effective verbs, adverbs and illustrations.



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Last modified
7 April 2020