ADJECTIVE: a word belonging to one of the major form classes in any of numerous languages and typically serving as a modifier of a noun to denote a quality of the thing named, to indicate its quantity or extent, or to specify a thing as distinct from something else
Son’s preschool graduation is scheduled for Friday. In preparation for a special graduation presentation, a list was sent around with each child’s name and blanks to write in descriptive words.
Originally, I understood this to be an activity for Son to complete. So, I sat him down and asked him to describe each of his friends.
Son went down the list and assigned each child a label of “fast” or “slow” based on the outcome of recess races. Then, he described each child as either a climber or a ground-dweller, based on whether or not he’d noticed the child playing in the classroom loft.
So, I had twenty children described as one of the following:
It seemed clear that this was not what the teacher had in mind. Sure enough, the graduation committee clarified that parents should fill out the list based on their knowledge of each child.