Thursday, November 18, 2010
My husband explaining past tense verbs to our daughter Claire, age 4.
Bill: The word isn't "haved," it's "had." As in "I had twelve fingers before the doctor cut two off."
Claire: Did the doctor... Why did the doctor...?
Other good examples to use when teaching children grammar:
Mom: Don't say "sended," say "sent." For example, "My mommy sent me away to live with strangers when I was five because I didn't clean my room well enough."
Dad: The word is "thought," not "thinked." "I thought so hard about my upcoming birthday party that my brains spilled out of my ears and onto the pavement."
Gramma: It's "woke up" not "waked up." "The monsters in my closet woke me up to tell me that they hoped I would be just as delicious as my parents were."