Defining Moments

Many years ago while visiting my friend, I observed her reading a storybook to her 4-year-old son.  During the story, Kaleb asked his mom what one of the words meant.  She stopped reading, thought for a moment, then told him a very basic definition using words and ideas that the little boy already understood.

Years later, when I began defining words for my own children and students, I realized how challenging it is to explain big words to little people. Continue reading

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