Little Children — Big Words

The other day I heard a child singing “Row, row, row your boat,” and I couldn’t help thinking of the delightful version of that song that Fred wrote for King Friday –Propel, propel, propel your craft… gently down liquid solution. Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically,
existence is but an illusion! Fred loved introducing his viewers to “big” words. Yes, he did speak in simple and clear language that could be easily understood by his young viewers, but at the same time, he knew how important it is to enrich their vocabulary. Fred didn’t “dumb down” the language. He raised it up.

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  • Kathleen / 6 August 2018 2:26

    One morning my five year old son, woke me to tell me, “I think it is wonderful that we have an oviporous animal on our property.” First, I had to ask him what that meant. He responded, “It’s an animal that lays eggs.” Second, I asked him where he learned that word. He said, “Mrs. Banker (his kindergarten teacher) said if she needs to teach us words, it should be big words.” I don’t know if Mrs. Banker learned this from Mr. Rogers, but it is cetainly an important concept to remember when talking to children.

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