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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Wednesday, October 25, 2006