Posts Tagged ‘vocabulary’

Words Your Kid Should Know for the Holidays

December 18, 2012

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Was the night before Christmas, and all through my house, not a teacher was mixing, not even the mouse,” said with confidence by a six year old in AVT.     Mixing – stirring…..same thing.  Teacher – Creature….not quite!

GIFT GIVING WORDS Presents, gifts, ribbon, bow, gift bag, tissue paper, tape, double sided tape, tape dispenser, cards, tags, generous, Thank you, for me?, I like it (even if you don’t), surprise!

CHRISTMAS WORDS:  Celebration, December, tree, artificial tree, assemble, ornaments, garland, tinsel,  lights, colored/blinking/flashing lights, tree skirt, star, angel, electric candles, christmas cookies, Christmas Eve, Christmas Morning, Stockings, stocking stuffers, coal, decorations, holly, jingle bells, midnight, wishes

CHRISTMAS FOOD WORDS:  Cookies, carrots, milk, eggnog, cranberry sauce, feast, festival, fruitcake, goose, gravy, greens, ham, gingerbread, Guests, figgy pudding, sugar plums

SANTA WORDS:  Ho-ho-ho!, Santa, Mrs, Claus, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, Papa Noel, Reindeer, Rudolph, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dancer, Dasher, Prancer, Vixen, hooves, elves, North Pole, sleigh, sack, sleigh bells, roof top, chimney, beard

DESCRIBING WORDS:  Awe, beautiful, Aroma, bright, lovely, cozy, freezing, glowing, glistening, homemade, jingling, jolly, merry, naughty, decorative, frosty

NATIVITY WORDS:  Manger, Stable, Inn, trough, Three Wise Men, shepherds, sheep, donkey, Mary, Joseph, the babe, infant, Christ Child, Emmanuel, Savior, Jesus, Angel, Gold, Frankinscense, Myrrh, camels, Advent, Faith, worship

HANUKKAH WORDS:  Dreidel, (nun, hey, gimmel, shin), Maccabees, menorah, Star of David, synagogue, Temple, oil, Faith, 7 days, 8 nights (counting), fire, candles, wax, gifts, presents, small presents, big presents., Latke, kugle.

NEW YEARS WORDS:  Resolution, priorities, count down, ball drop, times square, confetti, noise makers, party hats, “turn a new leaf,” “fresh start”

And if you know any Kwanza words….please add them in the comment field.

Happy Holidays!


Valentine’s Day

February 11, 2012

Did you know that St. Valentine was actually a Roman martyr in like  200 AD?  Well – I guess his story is up for debate, but we get to commemorate his name every year on February 14th.  How does your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?  I just love a holiday about love…..and really anything that can involve red, pink, hearts and glitter!

Valentine’s vocab:  Hearts, red, pink, doilies, love, friends, cards, envelopes, stamps, seal, candy, flowers, etc.

Valentine’s concepts:  exchange cards,  swap cards, collect cards, friendship, friendly acquaintances vs. close friends, love vs friendship, rhymes and silly sentences on V-day cards, etc.

Listening Practice:  Put emphasis on one word to change the meaning.  “Special Valentine,” to denote that this is a valentine for a crush.  Or just “special valentine” to denote that this is a Valentine that seems fancier than the rest.

Here is a Valentine’s download if you want to practice at home:

It’s always a good idea to prep your child as to what they might expect in school on Valentine’s Day.  No matter if they are in preschool or in highschool – it’s ALWAYS a good time to talk about friendships.  Having conversations with your child about how to be a good friend are lessons in developing good character.  And, as always, when we address issues around “character” with our children, it’s inevitable that we end up looking into our own character!  How did I treat that lady at the bank yesterday?  Have I checked in with my friend to see how she is doing lately?   Ugh.  *sigh* Who knew it would take a Valentine’s Day AVT session to make me apologize to the bank teller for being so curt yesterday! ….Or to send my best friend a Valentine’s Day card just to encourage her.

Questions to spark conversation with your child:

  • What do you think it takes to be a good friend?
  • Have there been times where you felt like someone could have been a better friend to you?  Oh wow – how did you respond?
  • If other kids in school have close friends, why do you think they are friends in the first place?
  • I think you have lots of qualities that people might like….what do you think those qualities are?  
  • Have I told you how much I love you today?  Well I do!