Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU!
I hope that many of you incorporated Mannerly Monday and Thoughtful Tuesday into your children’s week! Would love to hear about your experiences. Please share at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now it is time to add Witty Wednesday to your week. How often have you heard the old saying, “Laughter is the best medicine?” Laughter and smiles are a universal language. It doesn’t matter if people don’t even speak the same language, a smile can mean so much to another person. I have experienced this, personally.
Our son and daughter-in-laws’s wedding and reception come to my mind. My daughter-in-law’s parents are Chinese and do not speak English. My husband and I could not speak their language, but this did not stop us from communicating with them through smiles and laughter.
Research shows that people who laugh a lot often live very long lives. Think about all of the old comedians, actors and actresses: George Burns, Bob Hope, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny and many more. Several of them lived to be in their 80’s,90’s and even 100. Now I am showing my age! (giggle …giggle!)
So, how can you incorporate Witty Wednesday into your household or classroom. Begin by introducing your children to funny tongue twisters! They are silly and often don’t make a lot of sense, but they can definitely help a child practice pronunciation:
Easy Tongue Twisters
– We saw a saw which is made of a big see-saw!
– The show had a shocking showstopper who saved the show!
– Row the row-boat through the river rarely making a row
– Popcorn popped with a loud pop and Poppy heard the pop!
– Wide way was full of weeds and weeds filled the wide way
– Wrap the rope with rapper
– Jill and Jilly ate some jelly and Jill loved jelly than Jilly loved jelly
– Chuck checked the chalk and Chuck choked on the chalk
– I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!
– I saw Susie sitting in a shoe shine shop.
Medium Tongue Twisters
– Fuzzy Wuzzy Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair. Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
– Can you can a can Can you can a can as a canner can can a can?
– I have got a date I have got a date at a quarter to eight; I’ll see you at the gate, so don’t be late.
– Two witches, two watches If two witches would watch two watches, which witch would watch which watch?
Difficult Tongue Twisters
Betty Botter Betty Botter had some butter. “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter. If I bake this bitter butter, it would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter – that would make my batter better.” So, she bought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and the batter was not bitter. So ’twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter.
Doctor doctoring When a doctor doctors a doctor, does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as the doctor being doctored wants to be doctored or does the doctor doing the doctoring doctor as he wants to doctor?
Tongue twisters help to improve the speaking abilities of the child and help to develop a clear and perfect pronunciation. They come to understand the nuances of language, say, the difference between similar vowel sounds, different meaning of same-sounding words etc. They will learn the language through fun and play. So give it a try!
Another way of having fun on Witty Wednesday is by teaching your children fun riddles and jokes. As an elementary principal, every morning, at the end of my daily announcements over the loud speaker, I told a joke of the day. My students loved to hear the jokes.
You could hear laughter in the hallways coming from classrooms. My kindergarten teachers told me that most of the time their students didn’t understand a joke … but they laughed anyway.
I learned that some children do not like to read and visit the library. However, after incorporating ‘joke of the day’ into our daily routine, children who didn’t care for reading began to check joke books out of the school library. Our school librarian was amazed! Many children would stop me in the hall to ask me to share a joke they found through their own reading. Children were reading, but having fun in the process.
Play silly games with your children. Something simple such as I Spy with My Little Eye or memory games, eg. I am going to Arizona and taking an apple.
The key to Witty Wednesday is just have FUN with your children!
Thematic Thursday ideas coming soon😊
💛Blessings until next time,💛
Dawn Young Ed.S Children’s Author