Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Flexing That Vocab

When my oldest was five I used our refrigerator magnets to showcase a Word of the Week. With the definition nearby on an index card the idea was to reward her for correctly using the word in a sentence. Provoke, jovial, morose, taciturn, agitate, we focused on adjectives expressing emotion or nouns and verbs that had easy synonyms that she already knew and I gave out M&Ms for correct usage.

Successful? You be the judge. When Grace came home from school and I asked how her day was she replied, "Not good Mommy. I am morose."

Surprised and trying not to laugh I asked, "Why?"

"Because Hayden provoked me again."

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33 comments:

Mommy off the Record said...

Awesome. I love this. I will have to remember it for when my son gets older!

signed,
a fellow former English major

svea said...

what a cool idea, my husband and I use the letters to write sexy silly notes to each other , cause our daughter at 18 months can't read =) but when she can, i am going to steal your idea fun fun fun!

owlhaven said...

Awesome, awesome idea!!

Loralee Choate said...

My father was an editor at a large daily and I grew up with an excellent vocabulary.

Of course, my 6th grade teacher also accused me of Palagerism because, "It is impossible to believe that a 6th grader would ever use the word 'Juxtaposition'."

Sigh.

Erica Douglas said...

Genius, it's another idea for my book for when Erin is older...I'm assuming 9 months is too young to start? :)

Janet a.k.a. "Wonder Mom" said...

Love that idea!
I am stealing it when the time comes.

Blondie said...

And here I thought those letters were just for putting in their mouths and getting lost under things.

My English teacher in high school used to give us 200 new vocab words every couple of weeks. Which is why to this day, I still use the word "harangue" in everyday speech.

Colleen Gleason said...

Oooh, I dig this idea too!

I'm going to do it. Great fun.

kim said...

wow, that is awesome.
how come my children put the refrigerator magnets down the vent?
my neighbor is a newspaper editor and the first thing I noticed when I met her was her vocabulary.

C. H. Green said...

What a great idea!

Homeschool Mama said...

How funny. I'd say it worked for your family! I always wondered what to do with those letters once the kids were older. Good idea.

Waya said...

That's an awesome idea Mom!! I might have to "steal" that.

Anonymous said...

That's so funny, and yet so wonderfully educational! I'm totally gonna steal that idea.

Lines From The Vine said...

I love that! We're going to have
to use that for our homeschool!

Thanks for sharing!

Tracy

Magi said...

I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Very nice. Give kids big words, help them get beat up in high school for knowing big words.

That's what happened to me anyway. ;)

Steve~

Kat said...

What a fun idea!
She sounds like Anne of Green Gables with her big words...

Goslyn said...

Fantastic. Brilliant. Love it.

Cece said...

First, that is so cute! Second, what a great idea.

Jenny said...

"Not good, mommy. I am morose."

I totally want to adopt her. Seriously. Any kid that uses the word morose is so my friend.

andi said...

Aw, too cute. No one could feel morose reading that entry; ok, so I used the word - now where's my cookie?

Damselfly said...

Great idea! I am a fan of magnetic poetry kits, and I like this too. Dontcha just bet your kids' teachers are amazed at their vocabulary.

suki said...

Wow, that's actually very cool. :) Her vocabulary is bigger than mine already. That would be one way for me to learn too... M&M's are the best.

Heth said...

Great idea! Now to find a whole alphabet worth of those magnets..... I know they are around here somewhere, I keep stepping one them.

kailani said...

Sounds like it's working! LOL! We have fridge magnets but it basically used for Baby Bug's teething toys (don't worry, they're huge! The magnets, not her teeth).

Lady Why said...

I love this!!! It's a great way to get those words into their vocabulary and make them stick! Brilliant! Simply brilliant!

Domestic Slackstress said...

I'll have to try that out. Clever. Beats plain old boring flash cards and mommy's accident four letter word slips.

Ni Yachen said...

That is a prefectly cromulent idea to embiggens your children's lives.

Jonathon said...

That's a fantastic idea. I'm the same way -- I find it impossible not to laugh when Little-E uses a word that's totally out of character for her two-year-old vocab.

Awesome!

Amy said...

Great idea, particularly for a girl who loves to kick butts in Scrabble. I can add some new words up my sleve too. Wonderful idea!

Domestic Goddess said...

what a fabulous idea.

The Wooden Porch said...

Good Lordy Almighty, you gots yourself lot 'o comments on this one!

(ok, sorry, it's 12:30 am...)

Love the tip! I'm actually going to do this one. Great idea!!!!

(I really like your blog! I'm going to be back lots more.)

Momish said...

This is great! I can't wait to start doing this with my daughter (when the time comes). Thanks for the wonderful tip! I love this!