Playing with Words
Dear Parents, Hi! Happy Saturday! I hope that everyone had a great and safe week. How are you doing? How are you really doing? I'm doing fine myself, thank you for asking. The topic of this week is "Playing with Words."
Playing with words is a fun game that I play with my children. Whenever my kids would use a word that appears to be out of frustration or fun. I allow them to express their feelings, of course. Allow them to calm down, enjoy their moment, and then through conversation, ask if they knew how to spell and define the words they use. Questions??? Lol!
Okay, it an acquired and exciting way of taking advantage of an opportunity and turning it into a learning experience. In this case, we write down the words, look them up together, and use them in a sentence. I learned that I couldn't control the way my children express their emotions because they are entitled to it, but what I can do is help them through expressing themselves verbally, with meaningful words that will help them process their feelings and help me understand so that I can react appropriately. Listening!!
This is a tricky game because I found myself looking up and utilizing new words that can be expressive to how I feel, which encouraged me to look them up. Do you see where I'm going with this? As parents, we often encourage our children to do things that we wouldn't do ourselves or rather not do at all because we either think that we are the adult and are the children. Or we are refusing to learn from our directions or advice we are giving to our children. Just saying. Please take a moment and think about it.
Playing with words is merely learning, using words that mean the same but aren't use as much. Enhancing our awareness of the meaning of these so-called fancy or educated words. Believe it or not, they are right at our fingertips, but it's up to us to use them. So, allow or be open to the conversation to learning and utilizing new words in a conversation or a sentence while allowing your child or children to be themselves, which is the most important part.
This is how you play the game: Have a conversation with your children based on their level of vocabulary and understanding. During the conversation, say a word and invite your little one to search for the word with you. You can call it "Word Search" because that exactly what you are doing, searching for words. To make it even more fun, create a journal, write the word and definition. This approach helps to continue to develop language, literacy, word recognition, writing, and the best part is creating their own dictionary. A fun activity and a great way to start writing words and sentences. Site words, anyone?
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You're terrific parents, Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Families, and Friends! Remember, you're still learning, growing, and together, we will succeed. Love you all dearly, and have a super fantastic day!! You're doing AWESOME!!