Challenging words and Confidence in Kids: Learn A Word a Week

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I’ve got a fun family activity for you! Challenging words and Confidence in Kids: Learn A Word a Week.  Not only is it educational and fun, but it builds confidence in kids to learn words their peers may not know.

Memorize a Word a Week with your Kids, builds confidence and intelligence and family fun

Challenging words and Confidence in Kids: Learn A Word a Week cam about 7 years ago. I decided it would be a great idea to learn an “advanced” word a week with my kids. I thought it would be fun to learn something complicated and interesting, and aim to use it in our vocabulary for the week, and the next week, picking a new word. We pulled from a jar of words I wrote out ahead of time, and attached it to the fridge. {Originally shared January 1, 2016, updated June 2017}

As with many great ideas, it didn’t seem to last very long. I wanted to bring it back in a bigger and better way, and I’m going to share it with all of you, in case you are interested. Learning challenging words produces an extra ounce of confidence in kids, and that’s one of my biggest goals as a mother, to teach them to be confident in themselves, so that they can go out into the world and contribute to society in a multitude of ways. With that, I introduce my new baby: Challenging words and Confidence in Kids: Learn A Word a Week. 

Watch this little video I put together about the word of the week below:

I decided to choose 5 words a month to share, I plan to post them just before the beginning of the month, and if you want to play along, you can choose which word you want to display for the week. Each month will also have a different color scheme, and if you want to plan ahead and hang them all up together, go ahead! I think this will be great for both my teenagers and my young ones, learning together, aiming to use the word throughout the week, and thinking up sentences to go with it. Some are pretty funny!

I got this renewed idea for this just last week, as my kids were laughing about the word, tomfoolery. I can’t remember how it came up, but they just thought it was so funny and kept using it, to produce more laughs amongst each other.

Here are a “pluses” I thought of for learning a word a week:

  • Increase intelligence
  • Boost self esteem
  • Camaraderie with family

I’m all about those 3, so it was important enough to put together this idea, and make it a but more official and decorative at the same time. Thanks to my amazing designer from Hip and Simple for helping this to come to life for me in a cute way!

Here is a picture of how I have words displayed in our home. It’s a plate rack and mini clipboards. You can just hang 1 up if you’d like!

Learn family fun words

From the list that I’ve put together, some are more serious, some just silly, I want to have a combination of those throughout the year. I’ve got my list a little more than half way planned out, so if you have some suggestions for words that would be fun to add to the list, I’d love you to comment below!!

Download first 5 words here:

January – Words of the Week

For the entire list of Challenging words and Confidence in Kids: Learn A Word a Week, click the links below:

With 5 a week, some weeks are shorter, and I may just do 4 each month, but I wanted to give options to others, maybe some weeks you can do two? I figured 5 was a good number. And they coordinate a bit with holidays in that month (or you can always do black and white to stay neutral).

I’m pretty excited about this, and I’d love others to join in and share! If you ever post on social media, tag me so I can see how you display your words! (If I see it, I will comment, sometimes I don’t see tags, so nudge me!)

p.s. So many have asked for the memorize a scripture a month to come back, and I’ve shared a WHOLE bunch here: 25 Old Testament Scriptures to Memorize AND 25 New Testament Scriptures to Memorize