Wow! I just realized that I started sharing our ‘nature word of the month’ almost one year ago. It was last August that we learned the new-to-us word, crepuscular. Do you remember what it means? It’s a word that my children have remembered because they use it quite regularly when referring to animal behavior. If you need a refresher, you may want to review it with your child when you introduce this month’s word. We’ll be revisiting ‘crepuscular’ in the July nature prompts.
So, we’ve learned the word for being active at dawn or dusk and most children know what word means being active at night, but what word refers to daytime activity? This month we are learning ‘diurnal‘.
Introducing the word…
When introducing new words to your child, keep these simple tips in mind. After defining the word give an example or two. Spend a few moments together naming animals that are active during the day and brainstorm how that may be of benefit to them. Do they need more light for improved vision? Are their prey available during the day? These books will help provide some inspiration
Reinforcing its meaning…
To help your child become more familiar with this new vocabulary word, use it as often as you can. Set up a simple activity such as sorting animal figurines into baskets with diurnal and nocturnal labels (or night and day pictures paired with labels for the pre-reader child). Create a poster on which you could paste a picture on to the appropriate section. Designate a page or two in your nature journal to keep a record of your diurnal and nocturnal related observations.
We’ll be playing with this word again as part of the July nature prompts. Be sure to keep a lookout for them!