Family Word Snacks: Unambiguous & Vague

“The more you read, the more you know. The more you know, the smarter you grow. The smarter you grow, the stronger your voice, when speaking your mind or making your choice.” (seen at Sebastopol Library) un·am·big·u·ous: [uhn-am-big-yoo-uhs] (a) not ambiguous, or unclear; distinct; unequivocal in a sentence: Despite a lingering remnant of dissidents, experts […]

Family Word Snacks: Solipsism & Modest

“My father told me once that words and letters hold the secrets of the universe. That in their shapes and sounds I could find everything, could see beyond myself . . .” -Eliza, in the movie Bee Season solipsism [sol-ip-siz-uhm]: (n) 1. a philosophical view or theory that the self is all that can be […]

Family Word Snacks: Sesquipedalian & Wordy

FUN FACT: Hyperpolysyllabicomania is an excessive fondness for or desire to use big words, and it is the longest mania-word in the English language. ses·qui·pe·da·li·an [ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uhn, -deyl-yuhn] or ses·quip·e·dal [ses-kwip-i-dl]: (a) 1. given to using long words. 2. (of a word) containing many syllables; polysyllabic in a sentence: “I’m fascinated with big words!” he said. […]

Family Word Snacks: Equanimity & Poise

“A vast vocabulary is like a shiny sports car. It shows off one’s wealth — the wealth of one’s intellect — only it doesn’t imply a lack of ‘resources’ in other areas.” -Anonymous equanimity: (n) mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation in a sentence: When kids pretend they can’t […]

Family Word Snacks: Ephemeral & Temporary

“One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” -Evelyn Waugh ephemeral: (a) lasting only a day; lasting a very short time in a sentence: Good times, bad times, they are all ephemeral. Enjoy the highs and don’t linger in the lows; life is barely a sigh before […]

Meet Tuned In Parent Hope McKinney Huff

Meet Tuned In Parent Hope McKinney Huff! When delivering her firstborn, Hannah, there was a tragic complication with the epidural, and Hope lost the use of her legs. Through her faith, determination, and supportive family, she’s the proud mother of two children now, a loving wife, homeschool teacher, writer, web designer, creative developmental consultant, momprenuer […]

Family Word Snacks: Autodidact & Knowledge

“A man with a scant vocabulary will almost certainly be a weak thinker.” -Henry Hazlitt, Thinking as a Science autodidact: (n) a self-taught person in a sentence: Ernest Hemingway and Herman Melville were iconic authors who happened to be autodidacts, educating themselves mostly through reading. knowledge: (n) information, understanding, or skill that you get from […]

Family Word Snacks: Fernweh & Voyage

“As vocabulary is reduced, so are the number of feelings you can express, the number of events you can describe, the number of the things you can identify!” -Sheri S. Tepper, A Plague of Angels Fernweh [FEIRN-veyh]: (n) (adopted from German) literally “farsickness”; wanderlust, a desire to travel, a longing for far-off places in a […]

Family Word Snacks: Sapid & Scrumptious

A logophile is a lover of words. Every time I come across a new word, it’s almost like finding money; only it is wealth you can’t spend away. And no one can deny that a rich vocabulary leads to richer experiences. “Word knowledge is among the most critical pieces of language development. Children who acquire […]

5 Reasons to Teach Your Child a Second Language

5 Reasons to Teach Your Child a Second Language

The effects of learning a foreign language on the developing brain of a child are significant and offer major advantages over children who only learn one language. And if you, or someone in your family, already speak a second language and preserve its integrity in the home, then your kids are off to a great […]