Live Long and Learn New Words

25 Sep

Today’s word of the day, courtesy of a preschooler: IRRITATE

No, it’s not what you think.

Me (reading The Loudest Roar): “What do you think the lion is going to do to the monkeys?”

Preschooler: “Irritate them.”

This, of course, led to a whole chorus of “irritate them! Irritate them!”

I later asked the teacher if the first preschooler’s parents read to him a lot. She said yes, and that they take him to the library regularly (he had reported on picking out books about tornadoes). And there you  have it: Evidence that reading aloud to kids, and taking them to the library, increases their vocabulary.

P.S. Another kid gave me the vulcan greeting yesterday. Live long and prosper, little dude.

One Response to “Live Long and Learn New Words”

  1. clevinso October 23, 2010 at 1:37 am #

    My husband thinks this story is HI-LAR-I-OUS! (p.s. i do too).

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