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Humor encourages language and literacy
Humor encourages language and literacy

Preschoolers like trying out various aspects of language. They are beginning to engage in conversations. They are figuring out that having a discussion is a way to communicate. They are just beginning to be able to express feelings verbally. And they are starting to tell jokes! Telling jokes is another great way to "play" with language.

When I was teaching preschool I would hear children bursting with laughter as they told “knock’ knock” jokes to one another; sometimes the same joke over and over with the same degree of merriment.
One of the favorite jokes that went around my classroom year after year:
“Knock, knock.”
“Who’s there?
“Dwayne who?”
“Dwayne the tub, I’m dwowning.”

The kids would react with knee-slapping merriment and I would laugh at their reaction!
In response to their new found interest in jokes, I checked out joke books from the library. The children loved to learn new jokes and I am sure that parents were exposed to some mini stand up comedy routines of elephant and knock, knock jokes.
What weighs 5,000 pounds and wears glass slippers?
How do you stop a charging elephant?
Take away its credit cards!

Actually there is nothing more charming or humorous than a small child telling jokes. Enjoy this stage in language development. And even if you have heard the joke a hundred times, it still brings a smile to your face.
Knock, knock
Who’s there?
Disguise who?
Disguise jokes are killing me!

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