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WOW! Word™ of the Week: OBVIOUS

by Rhiannon Apple March 10, 2014

A WOW! Word™ is any word that, when used by a child in conversation, causes the listener to sit up and take notice. That's positive attention, mind you. Positive attention that generally includes the verbal response, "Wow!"

It's true. WOW! Words invite children––regardless of natural or learned language abilities––to be confident and powerful talkers, talkers who hold their listeners' attention.

To introduce a new WOW! Word, merely begin using the word and any of its forms––obvious, obviously––often and every day. Look for opportunities to use the WOW! Word in daily conversations for a week or more. Then continue using the word as you add to your ever-growing collection of WOW! Words.  

It's noteworthy when your infant shows she understands words like bye-byemommy, or daddy. So too, you'll notice her understanding of each new WOW! Word. And when she begins to lead those conversations, she'll just naturally use every kind of word you've been modeling for her. 

This week's WOW! Word: obvious

Use the word in sentences, such as: 

  1. We take an umbrella if it's obviously about to rain. 
  2. It is obvious which crayon to use to color in the sun. 
  3. Is my hiding place obvious yet?
  4. I don't wear shorts when it's obviously cold outside.  
  5. A rainbow might be obvious when the sun shines during a storm. 

If you want to introduce WOW! Words to your older child, check out Babs' WOW! Words for ages 4–7.

 

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