I have kids in grade 4 that needed to be able to write paragraphs and stories. At this grade level there is a lot of emphasis placed on improving your child's vocabulary so that they'll make use of more words in their writing pieces. With this goal in mind, I let them use my College dictionary at first but I found that the definitions used to explain the words were over their heads and required further clarification from me. So, I decided to head to Chapters to see what I could find.
Chapters had a lot of dictionaries to choose from. Most of them were just like my college level one at home until I spotted the Collins Junior Dictionary. The front cover was colourful with hues of pink, red, green, blue and even orange; that cought my eye. This dictionary had an age of 7+ on it. Perfect for my 8 year old twins!
This dictionary is very kid-friendly in that the words are easy to find because they are bolded in blue. Each work has a clear definition that kids would understand, with parts of speech so that they can see variations of the word with different endings. This helps them choose the right word. At the back of the dictionary there is also a Word Wizard that has word lists and definitions, braintreaser quizzes and help with spelling, grammar and writing. With the Collins Junior Dictionary I can now tell my kids to "Go look it up yourself." when asked, "Mom, how to you spell...."
The Collins Junior Dictionary is just one of a series of illustrated and non-illustrated dictionaries and thesaurus' for children. Go to the Collins Children Dictionarieswebsite to see more titles.