Getting to the root of meaning - Entertaining Etymology
There are four year olds who are fluent in dinosaurs. Some of them even know that dinosaur comes from the Greek for scary lizard. And can tell us that tyrannosauros rex means tyrant king lizard. So what? I reckon it’s something we could be capitalising on – children’s interest in and playfulness with big words. Something happens along the way where we feel that we have to water things down, make them accessible, instead of giving young people difficult words and talking to them about where they came from. Teachers do not need to be experts in Latin and Greek themselves to do this. What they do need to do is ask a few questions: where does this word come from I wonder? Who would like to find out?