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Sunflower of Synonyms

Word of the Week

Thesaurus (th-eh-sore-us): A book that lists words in groups of synonyms and related concepts. It comes from the Greek word thesauros meaning "treasure, treasury, storehouse."


I love words. When I discovered that there was a special day to celebrate the thesaurus, I was ALL in. Of course, I'm also very happy to share what I've learned with you!

National Thesaurus Day is January 18th. It honors Peter Mark Roget, the author of Roget's Thesaurus, who was born on January 18, 1779. Roget was an English physician and mathematician who spent several years compiling a personal book of words for his writing. Finally, in the 1840s, he decided to dedicate his efforts and collection, and published the first modern thesaurus in 1852. It ended up containing a grand total of 15,000 words. Doesn't that make you happy, elated, delighted, and overjoyed?! Do you see what I did there?

Remember that there is always more than one way to say something, so grab a thesaurus and make things interesting! I guess I should mention one other tiny, little, itty-bitty detail. Did I just do it again?

Though the word of the week is thesaurus, the word for synonym is also very important on this day. A synonym is exactly what I've been talking about in this post. It's a word or phrase that has the exact same meaning as another word or phrase. That brings me to this week's project.

Create your very own Sunflower of Synonyms and improve your vocabulary at this same time! All you need are some paint sample strips, construction paper, glue, and something to write with! I can't wait for all the creativity that this will inspire! Take a peek at my Sunflower of Synonyms below. I got a little carried away, and my "petals" wouldn't fit on paper. I compromised and laid the flower out on the table. . .so, if you're not wanting to hang yours up, this is a great option!

Until next time. . .


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