WILD, the Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner’s Dictionary, is an interactive multimedia environment for learning about words and the world. It is a delightfully illustrated, content-rich beginner dictionary with an easily navigable visual world and full audio.

Wordsmyth Illustrated Learner's Dictionary

WILD provides four different modes of exploration: Picture Dictionary, World, Collections, and Book (a young children’s dictionary with traditional entry format).

WILD Picture Dictionary

The Picture Dictionary, designed with the youngest learners in mind, allows the exploration of a word visually and auditory. Each selected word appears with a link to its audio pronunciation in English and is accompanied by an illustration or animation.

By selecting one of the language options in the lower toolbar, the word will also appear written in that language—an indispensable feature for multilingual classrooms! In the bar on the far left, the Picture Dictionary shows the words and images that precede and follow the selected word. This is an engaging format for young learners that both reinforces concepts of alphabetization and encourages free exploration.

The Picture Dictionary defines words by picture only, but child-friendly definitions, example sentences, and additional images can be accessed by clicking on the “Other places with this word” button at the top right. Here the child can go to the word’s dictionary entry in the Book, or anywhere else in WILD where the word appears. The aardvark, for example, can be found with other animals in the Mammals Collection. The accordion can be seen in the school’s Music Room in the WILD World, as well as in the Musical Instruments Collection. The acorn can be found in the Trees and Tree Parts Collection. By navigating to different parts of WILD, children can learn not just what a single word means as an individual item but how that word relates to other things in the actual world. This is how WILD integrates the learning of word meaning with the acquisition of real-world knowledge—in a way that is really fascinating and fun for kids!