Sunday, February 17, 2008

Word choice

Tonight at supper, Gage was talking about word choice. He said that his teacher, Mrs. Vetter, likes to play word choice. I said, "What's that Gage?" Gage proceeds to tell me that it is a thing they play at school when someone says a word such as wind, for example, everyone else is to come up with different word choices for wind. Gage asked me, "Mom, what word choice would you come up with for the word wind?" I replied, "Blustery." Gage said, "That's what I said Mom!" I asked him if anyone else in his class came up with blustery as well. He said no one did. Then I reminded Gage of the time when he was 3 years old and he said to me, "Mom, don't be so daft!" I must admit I had to go and look that word up! After I looked it up, I had to ask him where he learned that word. Gage says, "I just know it Mom!" Okay, there's no way a 3 year old can just know what daft means. I also recall telling our neighbors, Maggie and Dave this story. Maggie, who reads more than anyone I know, had never heard that word before either, then soon after this, a book she was reading had the word "daft" in it, and she talks about how she knew what that word meant because of Gage. (In case you're wondering what that word means, it means senseless, stupid or foolish, insane, crazy, merry, playful) I don't remember the details as to why Gage told me not to be so stupid when he was 3 years old, but I'm sure it was with good reason. (And, in case you're wondering where he learned that word, it was from Thomas the Tank Engine!) I need to buy myself a dictionary and start playing "word choice" with Gage and Emma. Scott told Gage, "I know someone who is really good at that game Gage." Our friend Johann Walker. Apparently Johann plays this game at work with Scott, and Scott often times has to go look up the word to know what he's talking about! I was glad to hear that, because there are a lot of times I have no idea what he's talking about either! What a great way to teach some vocabulary words, a subject that I always stunk at!

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