Synonyms & Antonyms: Helping Your Child to Improve their Writing

Children grow from learning letters and words to forming sentences, paragraphs, and essays.  While their writing may be grammatically correct, learning about synonyms and antonyms will help to make their writing more engaging to read.  Synonyms are words that have a similar meaning but may create more impact to the reader.  Antonyms are words that are the opposite of the original word.

Synonyms & Antonyms: Helping Your Child to Improve their Writing

If your child is writing a paper or assignment using Microsoft Word or a similar word processing program, they can easily look up synonyms for words that they want to make more interesting.  For example, instead of using the word happy, they could use the words glad, joyful, or cheerful.  In Word, all you have to do is right-click on the word you want to find the synonym for and then choose synonyms and then pick the word you would like to use instead.

In addition to using word processing programs, kids can also use websites to help them come up with synonyms and antonyms. is one of the most popular websites.  On this site, you have to  type in the word and submit it to find an entire list of synonyms or antonyms.

One way kids could practice learning about synonyms and antonyms would be by playing online games.  PBS Kids has a game called Synonym Sam where you help find synonyms for how Sam’s dog feels.  Another game is synonym matching, where you have to match the two words with the same meaning.

Reading Curriculum and Reading Games by Smart Tutor

Article By Laura VanHellemont

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