Friday, November 18, 2005

You Can Infer It

R, T, and I were reading a new-to-us book by Eric Carle (a wonderful children's author) called "Slowly, Slowly, the Sloth" about animals from the rain forest. We came across an animal that was hard for me to identify, so I asked the kids, "what animal is this?"

R answered, "well, the author doesn't tell us with his words, so we have to infer what the animal is. I think it's an anteater."

I said, "'infer' is a new word for you. What does that mean?"

R said, "well, authors use words and sometimes drawings to explain what they're trying to tell you. Sometimes they don't tell you exactly what they mean, so you have to infer it from the clues they give you."

Yep, he's six and knows what "infer" means. Some adults I know get "infer" confused with "imply."

I love his school :>

3 comments:

A.J. said...

That truly blows my mind. He learned that in first grade???? We've always been impressed with your boys' vocabulary, but this takes the cake. Infer! Woa!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

Brilliant, that grandson of mine! Amazing! I love him so much!

CaliforniaGrammy said...

He not only has learned the meaning of the word but USES it correctly! Totally fantastic! I'm so proud man!