A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker. The richer and more copious one’s vocabulary, and the greater one’s awareness of fine distinctions and subtle nuances of meaning, the more fertile and precise is likely to be one’s thinking. Knowledge of things and knowledge of the words for them grow together. If you do not know the words, you can hardly know the thing. ~ Henry Hazlitt
Truer words cannot be spoken. Vocabulary is the key to understanding, and it isn’t contained by just language studies. Vocabulary understanding helps to improve understanding across all of the subjects from science to math and everything in between. If you want to succeed in high school or even college the perfect place to start is by increasing your vocabulary. Right. So, the next question is how?
- READ READ READ READ – reading increases vocabulary naturally
- Study root words – most of our words come from Latin roots – study these and gain a key to understanding
- Study the suffixes and prefixes that create new words from root words
- Try to add a new word to your vocabulary every day! Use these High School vocabulary word lists to learn words applicable to what you are studying in school.
- Create your own dictionary – adding the words you learn each day, and and then peruse them frequently to purposely use them in a conversation.
If you’re not in high school or don’t have a high schooler… these Kindergarten vocabulary lists are a great way to help your young learner boost their vocabulary retention, and these 4th grade vocabulary word lists are just plain awesome!
For those homeschooling high school, there are amazing resources to help you simplify the process. Printable high school diplomas, high school transcript templates, and printable report card templates are all great for making record keeping as easy as possible.