Saturday, March 26, 2016

Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies, Oh MY!!

I'm sitting here with my dog on my lap. He is sweeter than...most dogs. Metaphors. It can be difficult to think of good ones. It takes practice, lots of it.

So what would have been a good metaphor for me to use about my dog? He is sweeter than cotton candy! Not great. I bet you could do better.

We often get analogies and metaphors mixed up. Add similes to the mix and it gets even more confusing! How can we expect our kids to understand these concepts if we struggle with them?

Basically, metaphors describe something by assigning something else in its place. For example we speak of snow being a blanket or life being a roller coaster.

Similes usually have the words "like" or "as" in them and compare two different things. Some common similes are "cold as ice, bold as brass and, cute as a kitten."

Analogies tend to be a little more complex than either of the other two. They tend to be a bit more brainy, using logic to back up the comparisons. Some very common analogies are: "I felt like a fish out of water at that party." or "That girl is as quiet as a mouse."

So hopefully, this will clear up some of the confusion so that you can help your kids have fun with these great ways to use language!

Here's a fun vocabulary exercise? Do you know the difference between STEM, STEAM, and science? STEAM includes Art whereas STEM is just science, technology, engineering, and math. And science, well, it's just science.  Robotics is robotics. AI is artificial intelligence.