Word of the day in the preschool classroom
Two months ago, we were sitting around eating lunch, waiting on our students for the next class to arrive. When I remembered a thought, I have during the middle of the night ( when I was laying there NOT sleeping) I wanted to increase the vocabulary of our students, introduce them to new words, I thought we could do this with a word of the day. When I remember this, we tried to decide on a fun word we could start with. We, for fun, decided to ask Amazon's Alexa. Boy!, does she have a dark sense of humor! She suggested defenestration. If you are not sure what that means, it is "to throw someone or something out a third-story window." It gave us a good laugh, but we were not about to teach that to a bunch of preschoolers!
We asked her for another word; this time, she came up with Brobdingnagian. Meaning, something or someone of colossal size, humongous. We went with this word because it was fun and a bit ridiculous to say. THEY LOVED IT!! It was a great way to start the word of the day. Not only did the kids find it great, but the parents were also thrilled. We even asked them through our social media account to help us find some fun new words to introduce to the kids.
This has been great for all of us involved. Now, we aren't perfect. We don't do a new word EVERYDAY. Honestly, sometimes things just don't go our way, and we have to wait to introduce a day's word on another day because time has passed us by or the kids have gone nuts, and we are barely holding things together.
We write the word of the day on our big whiteboard just inside the door so that parents can step in and see what the word is for the day and continue to use it at home.
Bring something new and simple to your classroom! Increase your students' vocabulary and have fun with it!
Current Doctoral Student.Masters in Early Childhood Studies and Bachelors in Child Development. 15 years in the ECE profession.