Each week, I use our curriculum’s list of vocabulary words to quiz the kids. The list contains words that are relevant to what we will be studying each week and usually contains between ten and twenty words. If a child can give me a decent definition of the word or display decent knowledge of the word, I don’t make them look it up. We all usually enjoy this time, as we end up talking about all sorts of things.
I especially enjoy quizzing my fifth grader. Sometimes when she doesn’t know a word, she’ll make up a silly definition . . . hoping I’ll let her off the hook for that word . . . or maybe hoping I won’t notice that she has no clue what she’s talking about. Other times she just uses great words to describe things. And so here is a small compilation of words that we have studied the last couple of years:
aqueducts – ducks that are a shade of blue
loincloth – undies for ancient people
One week we had the word mountaineer (someone who climbs or explores mountains) and highlander (someone who lives in the highlands), so it made sense that when I said tumor, she responded, “Someone who builds tombs?”
And then recently, I asked her what tyranny is. “When people cry a lot.” Makes sense, since we’ve been studying the Inquisition and all.