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That's Terrific


Think of creative compliments for each other.

  • Target Age:  4-7 
  • Learning Goals:  vocabulary, oral language development, social skills
  • Related Episode: Martha and Skits, Martha Plays a Part

Target Words

excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, fantastic, outstanding, perfect, super, superb, stupendous, terrific, unique

Materials

none

Directions

  1. Giving sincere compliments is a great way to build your child's self-esteem. It is best to make your compliments specific. Tell your child exactly why you think his or her work or behavior is soterrific. For example, you might say: "Those mud pies arespectacular. Each one is unique! I really like the way you used pebbles as decorations. You did a fantastic job."
  2. You can also have fun playing around with elaborate compliments. For example, you might say, "We are extraordinary bed makers! Just look at this bed! Excellent corners. The plump pillows areoutstanding. I have never seen a more perfectly-made bed."

Take it Further
Listen for other words (on television, in books, in conversations) that mean "really, really good," and use them in conversations with your child. Feel free to be dramatic and silly! "I think that sounds fabulous, amazing, superb..."

Related Books
  • Meet Danitra Brown by Nikki Grimes
    In a series of poems, a young girl introduces us to her best friend—the most splendiferous girl in town!
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
    Grace has an amazing imagination and proves she can be an amazing Peter Pan in the class play.
  • What Can You Do? A Book About Discovering What You Do Well by Shelly Rotner
    Color photographs and simple text show children excelling at physical, mental, artistic, and musical activities.

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