Monday, June 17, 2019


Jokes and riddles are a delightful way to develop children’s sense of humor as well as language standards. They can be used to reinforce double meanings of words, oral language, critical thinking, and questions and statements.

Riddle a Day
Write a riddle on the board each morning. Read over the riddle at circle time. Ask the children to smile if they “get” it. Encourage students to explain the joke and “think out loud.”

*You could also let the children discuss the riddle with a partner.

Riddle Books
Make riddle books for the students by folding paper in half and stapling. After reading the riddle each day, have them draw or write the answer in their books. Discuss their answers.

Joke Show and Tell
Have a “joke” show and tell. Ask each student to have their parents help them learn a joke at home. Use a play microphone to let them stand up and perform their joke for their classmates.

Every Day’s a Holiday
Introduce different silly and random holidays to your children.  Encourage them to explain what they think it means and how we can celebrate it. Kindness day, hug day, friend day, dictionary day, write a letter day, and dog biscuit day are just a few of the interesting days you can celebrate and use as a springboard for discussions.

*My grandson's third grade teacher tied in a vocabulary word every day to the holiday.  For example, on chocolate milkshake day he taught the word SAVOR because chocolate milkshakes are so good you want to savor them!

Note! Here are several websites where you can find a holiday for each day of the year.