I have looked at vocabulary building workbooks and websites but I don't feel these are right for us. My girls feel that workbooks are ....well.....work. I googled PSAT/SAT vocabulary lists and was granted list after list of words that are not only important because they will be on a test my daughters will take, but because they are fun, descriptive, beautiful words.
I created a very simple template to use as a daily vocabulary builder. I will give the girls the word and the definition. They will construct their own meaning by using it in a sentence and drawing a picture to represent the meaning. Then I will expect to see the words pop up in conversation and in their writing. Lilah, who has been known to peruse the dictionary for fun, asked if she can find some words as well. How can a Mama say no to that??