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6. The Beauty of Words
by Aruna Raghavan
Every language is rich because man is constantly amazed by
what he sees around him. It is a hard task to coin words to match the beauty in
front. Yet, has man found words. And those words are the adjectives. To teach a
child to see the wonder is not enough. It is equally important that we give him
the words to express himself. So, we talk to him about adjectives.
feed him the noun-adjective friends. For the one year olds : beautiful flower,
round moon, sweet sugar, naughty doggy, quick squirrel... For the two year olds
a little more complex and large words. By complex words, I mean complex in
sounds. Gigantic, enormous, wonderful, amazing may sound difficult for the two
year old. He has to get his 'r's and 's' right. So, first, he has to hear it
often enough to be able to say it. But any two year old would love to say
'gigantic dinosaur', 'enormous
elephant', 'wonderful waves' or 'amazing sunflower'. A three year old loves
similes and metaphors. So he has eyes that shine like stars, a nose that flows
like a river, hands that are helpful as maps, a shirt as black as night. The
simile would be an introduction to new ideas or objects. A four and five year
old will use all these words in new and correct contexts and later, in school
the language and essays will be rich.
are small books you could make for your two plus baby. Take A4 sheets. Write
large and use only one colour marker pen preferably bright red or black. Or, you could print font size 36, Times New Roman. Write
only on one side. You could stick blank papers at the back so that the written impression is not seen. On
another sheet, draw a picture and stick it so that it is facing the correct sentence – one
sentence on each page :
have a square face ; Two round eyes ; One triangular nose ; A rectangular mouth
straight hair ; I am not a girl ; I
am not a boy ; I am a little robot.
your baby should be taught shapes- you could use the materials at home. You
could also draw the shapes over and over again as your baby is watching you. Or
you could cut out card boards of different shapes.
a book for three and four year olds:
1: I love colours.
2: I love the red sunrise
3: the soft red hibiscus flower
4: and the juicy red water melon.
5: I love the infinite blue sea
6: infinite blue sky
7: and the still blue kingfisher.
8: I love the green fields
9 : the long green grass and
10: the tiny green leaves.
11: How wonderful
12 :that we can see colours.
Page 13: Thank God! Thank God!
you have to tell the meanings? Absolutely not! Just show pictures that you stick on the opposite
page. Your baby will infer. Use the words in as many occasions and contexts as
you can. Show objects in your house that are red, blue, green. Each sentence can
be taught as part of general knowledge too. Through this small book, your baby
can be taught a vocabulary of about 30 words. Read the book as often as your
baby wants, as often as you wish. Discuss the picture. Ask him to count stars, water in a cup to make him
understand the meaning of infinite. When your baby knows the book very well, you
could make flash cards of the 30 words. Choose 3 sets of 5 cards each. Show your
child the 3 sets very very quickly at the rate of one second a card. Do this 3
times a day (it should not take more a minute on the whole)! On the eighth day,
retire a card that he knows very well and introduce a new word. From that day
on, retire a known card from each set and introduce a new word. In three weeks, your baby will be able
to read 30 words. Do not attempt to teach the spelling first. That can
why should we Thank God because we can see colours? Because there are beings who
can't. Imagine if we could see only in black and white.