Eat something yummy that comes out of a jar. Pickles? Peanuts? Grape jelly for
your sandwich? Enjoy with ice water that you drink out of a (clean!) jar.
Glass or plastic jar,
any size (the bigger, the better), with lid
Scissors | Glue |
Sponge brush | Ribbon
Small foil pie plate
or disposable container
Dictionary and other
Small slips of scratch
predicts your future success?
from a rich family?
the best teachers and the best schools?
None of the above. The No. 1 trait that comes with success in life is
having a big vocabulary!
You don't have to be rich or rank at the top of your
class to gather a big vocabulary by reading a lot of books. Most successful
people didn't start out with those advantages. What they tend to have, though,
is a big pool of words with which to communicate . . . and find success.
people live in the world of words. That's true whether your world is in school,
in business, the professions, the military, the arts - anywhere people need to
communicate clearly, which is . . . everywhere!
Studies have shown that the more words you understand and
can spell, the better you can communicate.
can get your ideas across more exactly and expressively. It's as if knowing a
lot of vocabulary words puts a lot of "mental groceries" into your mind. When
you're ready to "cook up" some meaning, you have more "groceries" to use. The
people who read what you write, or hear what you say, are better "nourished" by
The recipe for a big vocabulary is making a habit out of
expanding yours. A vocabulary expert, Dr. Wilfred Funk, said that important
people in all walks of life use about
5,600 words in their writings.
figures out to about 430 new words a year, from kindergarten 'til the end of
just by paying attention in school isn't enough to build a big enough
vocabulary to ensure your future success.
yourself out by creating a Word Jar. In it, you'll set a goal of adding 500 new
words to your vocabulary every year.
a Word Jar, you can add that many words to your vocabulary . . . and increase
the chances that YOU'LL be a big shot, too!
1. To make your Word Jar, cut out interesting words in
different typefaces with different color backgrounds.
2. Pour equal parts school glue and warm water into a
container and stir until well-mixed.
3. Place the cut-out words on the glass jar in an interesting
pattern and brush over them with the glue-water mixture. Let dry. Tie a ribbon
around the lip of the jar.
it in a place where you'll see it every day, with a dictionary and a supply of
small slips of scratch paper.
day, write down three new, unfamiliar words that you have just learned in
school, or found in the newspaper, or from other word sources. Write down a
short definition, too. Study the spelling.
you think you know the word, drop it into the word jar.
you collect three new words a day in a typical school year, you'll know more
than 500 new words by the end of the year.
school year, empty those words out and keep them, and then start on refilling
your Word Jar with more than 500 new words.
people collect rocks. Others collect pro sports gear. But people who want to be
better communicators collect the most important tool of their trade: words.