And so are the sights, sounds, tastes and textures that we find in this wonderful season.
This time of year can be a fantastic adventure in growing language skills in your child while providing fun, sensory opportunities, too.
We use adjectives - or descriptive words - to express what we see, smell, hear, taste and touch. What comes to you mind when you hear (read) these words?:
JUICY SMUG FAINT PRICKLY GARGANTUAN BITTER DELICATE RIGID SLIMY WISPY
All of us may have imagined slightly different objects/events. However, these specific words brought an image to mind - they described some aspect of that image. We can encourage this same connection in our child's language learning as we explore the best the season has to offer.
Here's how to do it!
Use the senses - see, touch, smell, listen to and if appropriate - taste the objects. Model words to describe each of the senses related to each object.
Compare the objects with examples of what your child may already understand.
(For example, if the descriptive word is "plump" - you could apply that adjective to a berry on a bush, an animal or a pillow.)
For older children, you could even create a comparison chart for specific descriptive words and objects.
As additional activities to encourage carryover and use of the new adjectives - consider an art or craft activity using supplies that relate to the adjectives.
(For example, a piece of sandpaper represents "rough" or "scratchy." A piece of wax paper represents "smooth." A dab of hand soap can be "slimy." Adding spices to an art project provides representation of smell.)
As always, enjoy!