Paper and digital products that complement each other

Paper and digital products that complement each other

Digital content is full of exciting action — visuals, sound, and movement — while printed resources foster a love of books and reading. There is huge educational value in both. The My Epic Life Dictionary and the Epic Word Adventure can be used independently, but using them together reinforces learning. 


We created the My Epic Life Dictionary and the Epic Word Adventure in parallel so that their content is aligned. The words in the book and the app are largely the same (though not entirely identical), but the style of interaction is different. 

  • The book invites kids to discover epic words by browsing its hilariously illustrated pages. The app enriches their experience with these words through audio, animations, games, and rewards.
  • Repetition is absolutely crucial for the retention of new words and there’s no better way to ensure repeated exposure than by children encountering our epic words in both the book and the app.

For children who are already book-lovers, the link between book and app will help make good use of screen time. For children who are more reluctant with books but comfortable gamers, the link between the app and the dictionary may finally give them a reason to turn to books! Whichever way round, one thing is guaranteed: their love of words will grow stronger and deeper.

Our resources are designed to be used for parents and kids to use together

My Epic Life dictionary is ideal for grownups and kids to use together. Browse through its pages together, explore its hilarious illustrations, and see what our characters are up to. Just remember to talk about the illustrations, the characters, and the words!

  • According to research, meaningful interactions with adults are crucial for the development of a child’s cognitive and linguistic skills.[1] 
  • As a parent, caregiving adult, or teacher, you can also encourage creative thinking by using our words and illustrations as prompts for asking questions that push children’ skills to notice and communicate their thoughts.
By communicating with adults in this way, a child’s brain becomes better wired for complex thinking. At the same time, such interactions support a child’s understanding of how communication works, showing them how to put their own thoughts into words and how to listen to others.[2] 
    • Importantly, reading aloud words and pointing to them is invaluable for very young children who aren’t reading yet, as it will introduce them to written words in a context where they can make sense of what they mean, while also having fun.

    An overview of My Epic Life Dictionary

    1000 hilariously illustrated words to help kids with counting, shapes and measurements, hygiene, outdoor adventures, arts and crafts, social skills, and emotional awareness. Epic words that will stretch every child’s imagination, preparing them to succeed in school and life in an epic way. 

    Illustrated by our superstar Hollywood artists, this dictionary is hilariously fun and endlessly surprising, and kids are guaranteed to learn a lot along the way.

    • Research shows that exploring and coming across surprising details develops children’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge, and enhances their creative thinking.[1]
    • Research also shows that when you learn things while having fun, you are more likely to remember them.[3]

    The words in this dictionary were curated from relevant, global curriculum lists for kids aged six to eleven.

    But we also added more challenging words to the mix, like devour or reflect, and some epic words, like 3D printer. We did this because we know that even the youngest children are capable of learning big words and accelerating their vocabulary knowledge.[4]

    • Research also shows that the earlier a child learns a word, the more likely it is for the word to become part of their core vocabulary.[5]

    We also paired everyday words with useful, funny, or interesting collocations that our data engine has identified as being worth learning.

    • Research shows that to fully understand the meaning of a word and to be able to use it correctly, you need to know which words it usually appears with.[6] Knowing a word’s pairs will also make you a better, more instinctive writer.[7] 

    Topics Covered in My Epic Life Dictionary and Epic Word Adventure

    My Epic Dictionary covers words for the following Epic topics:

  • Epic me
  • Words to talk about your body, your feelings and moods, your social relationships, and what makes you special. Examples include respect, sympathetic, unique, mischievous, confused, cooperate, comfort.

  • Time 
  • Words to talk about your days, months, seasons of the year, and even the chinese zodiac.

  • Numbers, shapes, and sizes 
  • Learn to count in fives and to talk about shapes, sizes, lengths and heights. Also words about how heights make you feel, such as nervous and jittery.

  • Where and how 
  • Learn the key prepositions visually.

  • My epic techie life 
  • Words to talk about technological inventions such as robot, drone, 3D printer and the tools you need to design and make them. Also, driverless technology!

  • Learning and creating 
  • Words for reading, inspiring, problem solving, the arts, and what’s in your school bag. Examples include inspire, sculpt, masterpiece, passion, calculator and a long list of colors.

  • My epic everyday life 
  • Words about eating, drinking, cooking, being clean and tidy, and taking care of yourself. Examples include chopsticks, potato peeler, beetroot, pancake, nibble, devour, drowsy, flush, soak, adjust, sleepwalk, and a full wardrobe of clothing items and food. 

  • My epic outdoor adventures
  • Words for having fun on the beach, underwater, and in nature, for exercising, reflecting on life, and trying your best. Examples include curious, extraordinary, daydream, persevere, sandcastle, flamingo, dumbbell, cliff, shrub. 

     

    Mrs Wordsmith’s Epic Words app and books ensure that kids learn the words they need to thrive at school, and in life. Start using a healthy balance of digital and print materials to transform your child’s reading skills now. 

     

    References

    1. Hadani, H., G. Jaeger, K. Kennedy, E. Rood, S. Russ (2017). Creativity Trend Report. Vol 2. Center for Childhood Creativity. Sausalito, CA.
    2. Rood, E. E. Hadani, B. Liberman, A. Whiteside (2016). Reimagining School Readiness: A Position Paper with Key Findings. Center for Childhood Creativity. Sausalito, CA.
    3. Banas, J., Dunbar, N., Rodriguez, D. and Liu, S. (2011) A Review of Humor in Educational Settings: Four Decades of Research. Communication Education, 60(1), 115-144.
    4. Beck, I., McKeown, M. (2007). Increasing Young Low-Income Children’s Oral Vocabulary Repertoires through Rich and Focused Instruction. The Elementary School Journal, 107(3), 251-271.
    5. Morrison, C. and Ellis, A. (2000) Real age of acquisition effects in word naming and lexical decision. British Journal of Psychology 91. 167-80.
    6. McCulley, G. (1985). Writing Quality, Coherence, and Cohesion. Research in the Teaching of English, 19(3), 269-82.
    7. Beigman Klebanov, B. and Flor, M. (2013) Word Association Profiles and their Use for Automated Scoring of Essays. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 1148-58.

     

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