Unique to our Children’s Dictionary is the Word Explorer:  a word-finding and knowledge-exploration feature. It is an index of related words that allows a child to find words connected with multiple topics and to explore whole networks of words and their meanings.  The dictionary entries also contain an integrated thesaurus of synonyms and antonyms. The addition of our Word Explorer creates a fun and uniquely valuable educational resource.

The Word Explorer allows you to navigate the dictionary using topics, their keywords, and words related to the keywords called “related words.” The Word Explorer is like a map built into your dictionary that allows you to find and explore interesting paths through the dictionary. With the help of the Word Explorer, you can make many of these words part of your vocabulary and start to discover how words help you make sense of the world.

Approximately 200 of the entry words in this dictionary are Word Explorer keywords. These words are called keywords because they are links (or keys) to over 7,000 other dictionary entry words. Almost half the entry words in Children’s Dictionary belong to the Word Explorer. Dictionary entries for keywords have a special Word Explorer feature near the end of the entry.

So, for example, under the Topic “Communication,” the keyword “art” is listed. Clicking on “art” leads the child to discover words that describe types of art, people who make art, things used in art, places where art can be found, and many other categories of information relating to the topic. With the help of the Word Explorer, a child can learn new concepts and make new connections among ideas. Many new words are added to the student’s vocabulary. This can be a stimulating path to discovering how words are key to an understanding of the world.