Thursday, August 9, 2012

step#15: homonyms

homo means same and nym means name. thus homonym simply means same name. in phonetics, it indicates those words which have same spelling, but still have various meanings. for example, the word 'park'. it has two meanings. one is noun (the ground where people go for walk, socialize and have fun). another is verb (to station some vehicle somewhere). thus while meanings vary, the 'name' remains the 'same'.

children often get confused with homonyms. you say, "let's park the car here" and they scream, "I also want to go to the park and play on swings". you say, "hold your pencil in the right way" and they argue, "I am holding the pencil in right hand and not left hand". these are frequent confusions that irk them. they start thinking, "English is so confusing and difficult. I wonder if I will ever understand it"

teaching homonym is one step taken towards minimizing such confusions. when you teach them that many words have same spellings, but have different meanings, they begin to use those words in the various appropriate ways. homonyms are also called homographs.

homonyms may be taught at grade 1 level. some of the homonyms that you may teach your 1st grader are:

  1. park
  2. right
  3. point
  4. block
  5. lift
  6. left
  7. palm
  8. fly
  9. ring
  10. tip
  11. top
  12. sign
  13. wave
  14. spell
  15. box
  16. mean
  17. bore
  18. trunk
  19. saw
  20. duck
  21. roll
  22. drop
  23. horn
  24. sink
  25. date
  26. ruler
  27. seal
  28. glasses
  29. draw
  30. turn
  31. light
  32. rock
  33. bat
  34. trip
  35. band

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