A word wall is a pretty simple concept – a visual listing of key words or terms for a particular academic subject. The words could be basic sight words, math or science terms, or a listing of continents or countries. Taking the time to pull out important terms to highlight with your student is valuable vocabulary instruction. There is no one set way to make a word wall, you can create it yourself, or ask your student to write, draw or illustrate the terms. Use colored card stock, index cards, or banner -type garlands. You can alphabetize your list, organize the list by unit, or with the most-used terms at the top of the stack – in other words, in whatever fashion best suits your child.
With a bit of searching, you can find pre-made word wall printables online that will only cost you paper and ink. Here are two good examples of free word wall resources:
A few minutes of online searching will likely find you plenty of free word wall resources, including templates for creating your own custom printables.
Some of you are shaking your head, saying that a wall in your home dedicated to vocabulary is not practical. Wait! Don’t despair! If you don’t have wall space for a year-long, elaborate word wall display, consider a creative alternative:
*Display a few words at a time on the refrigerator or freezer or near your student’s workspace.
*Write the words on index cards and keep them on rings that are quickly reviewed before a lesson starts.
*Display the words on the back of a bedroom door.
*Print the terms on baseball card-sized paper and keep them in plastic card holders.
*Print and store your words in a reference binder that can be brought out when the subject is being studied.
*Words could be written on small sheets of paper and ‘tipped in’ to your student’s textbook where the word/term was first encountered as a sort of pop-up glossary.
*Fold a sheet of paper accordion-style and write a word on each folded section. Glue on a new sheet of folded paper as the list grows. Keep the paper closed with a rubber band when not in use.
*Create a personal dictionary using a composition notebook. Label each page with a letter and add new terms to the appropriate page when the word is first encountered.
Have fun with the idea of a word wall. Make it your own.
The Leverd family from Tahiti singing about love of Jesus.
“It costs something to bring children up in the way of God. It costs a mother’s tears and a father’s prayers. It calls for unflagging effort, for patient instruction, here a little and there a little. But this work pays. Parents can thus build around their children bulwarks which will preserve them from the evil that is flooding our world.”
Child Guidance, 479
The father and the mother are to place themselves decidedly on the Lord’s side. It is their privilege to bring light and joy and peace into the home circle. They are to exert an influence which shows that they are guided and controlled by the principles of heaven. They are to draw in even cords. Their every act is to be in harmony with heaven.
Pacific Union Recorder – August 18, 1910