Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How To Grow Your Child's Vocabulary

Last night, my husband peered over my shoulder and read some of the page of the book I was reading on my iP*d. I'll admit that right now I'm still a little miserable from the flu, so I'm reading complete and total brain candy that requires no concentration whatsoever. And of course the page I was reading happened to be an attempted seduction in a pretty clean otherwise historical fiction novel.

Oh, he said, looking at my with eyebrows raised. So this is the kind of stuff you read, is it?
Well, not really, I hemmed. You happened to catch a particularly salacious portion of it. It isn't usually-
I heard you, Mommy! I can hear what you're talking about! piped in Mister Man who was supposed to be falling asleep in his bedroom, granted only four feet from where I was still sitting on the steps after having put the wee ones to bed. What does "salacious" mean?
Mommy's reading a salacious book, Mister Man, my husband cheerfully started, as Mister Man giggled wildly at the word that for him was apparently so fun to say.
Sa-Layyyyy_schuss. Suhhhhh-laaaayyy-schuss! Salacious salacious salacious! he began singing and dancing in the hallway before I could usher him back to his room.

That's where I poked my husband in the side. You do realize that he's going to go into school tomorrow and announce to his teacher and probably the whole class that Mommy reads salacious books, right?

My husband simply nodded, grinning. I'm still waiting from the call from the teacher demanding an explanation. But hey... at least he learned a new word. Sort of.


septembermom April 4, 2012 at 1:07 PM  

Hey, whatever gets them to want to learn a new vocabulary word. lol I was watching The Tudors and had to switch the channel fast all the time because I didn't want the kiddos to see their mom enjoying those "salacious" scenes!

Tara R. April 4, 2012 at 4:46 PM  

That's a great word! What's next? "Lascivious?" Too funny!

Pat April 5, 2012 at 10:05 AM  

That is hilarious. I'm all for using multi-syllabic words with kids. Our youngest knew the meaning of "confiscate" at age 3. If any of our sons left toys in the living room after they went to bed, Jerry would confiscate them and they would have to buy them back for a nickel or a dime each. One evening I told our youngest, "Come on, Timmy, time to go to bed!" He cried out, "No, I have to pick dem up ohw Daddy will confithcate dem." (his pronunciation), so my heart was softened and I relented and let him pick them up.

Laila @OnlyLaila April 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

LOL! Too cute!

Not a Perfect Mom April 6, 2012 at 9:18 PM  

you are so sell us out so quickly to their teachers...just last week when I went into my kindergarteners class for my volunteer time the teacher told me the first thing Jack announced was that I forgot to laundry and so he had to wear my socks...

Sandra April 6, 2012 at 11:41 PM  

Oh, that's a good one! Did you get that call? LOL. That is quite a word to come out of Mr. Man's mouth.

Laural Out Loud April 8, 2012 at 12:04 AM  

My husband does this to me all the time! He says if it ever comes back to bite us in the butt (like the school calling us) we can just blame it on English being his third language, lol. That's great for him, but it doesn't get ME off the hook!

momto8 April 8, 2012 at 8:11 PM  

this sounds like a great way, really to improve my kids vocabulary!! thanks..
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Michelle April 9, 2012 at 10:25 AM  

Kelly - There are definitely some interesting words they've learned because of words I use. It's sort of cute to see them walking around ounding like me actually!

Tara - Oooo I think I should add that one. Good call.

Pat - Oh I use multi-syllabic words with them all the time :) I love the confiscate example. That's perfect!

Laila - I think so. Somewhat horrifying when it turns around to bite me, but still cute.

Holly - Ummmm no kidding! But hey, at least you give him your socks. It's possible that there are times we have to go hamper diving. Ahem.

Sandra - Thankfully, no. I'm hoping that if I pretend it doesn't exist right now, he'll forget about it eventually....

Laural - Nope, if he doesn't have to take the call, it doesn't help, does it? Hmmmm maybe you should change that emergency contact info from yours to his?

momto8 - Gotta ask... did you actually read the post?

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