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