“Mommy, that supper was delectable!” Is a phrase that can be heard around our dinner table at least once a week. And while I would like to think that my cooking inspires our children to use extrodonairy words, you know, because of the culinary genius, it just isn’t the case.
Bethany and Audrey’s increased vocabulary can be attributed to two things. Firstly – I talk. A lot. And I talk to our children a lot. We’ve always used normal voices and spoken to them as adults (without being ridiculous) because wanted them to behave as adults, to speak well and to be able to communicate with everyone (sidenote: now if someone speaks to either of the girls with a child like tone or using small words, the girls look at that them like, “Seriously Dude?”).
Second and more influentially lately, their vocabulary has expanded thanks to Fancy Nancy. She is a sweet and precocious little girl that we’ve all fallen in love with. Her stories engage the girls and make Corey and I giggle, and with each turn of the page she introduces us to a new word (and it’s simpler definition in parenthesis after it) (and anyone who speaks in parenthesis is MY kinda girl).
At the end of each book you’ll find a list of the new words she’s introduced and their meanings. So often as we re-read through those words the girls will use them in a phrase, and many, MANY times days later, when I’ve completely forgotten the book, one of the girls will come up behind me and say, “Mom, I adore yellow blocks” and walk away.
I have to smile, because I know it’s Nancy and her Fancy ways that have taught our girls those words and my heart warms. One because she’s cute and two because they are finding a world in their books that I have loved and treasured for years.
So for OFS 5 Days of Giveaways – Day 4 – we’re giving away a copy of Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcake. It was our first Fancy Nancy book, and still our very favourite (that and the one about poison ivy. Bethany is well versed in how to avoid, “leaves of 3”).
Enter on the Rafflecopter form below for your chance to win Fancy Nancy and the Delectable Cupcake! This giveaway is open to residents of both Canada and the US and like all of them will close Christmas Eve.
Then stay tuned for tomorrow! In true giveaway fashion, I’ve saved the best for last!
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