by Laurie Laurendeau on April 12, 2012



Children LOVE telling jokes. Kids often tell a joke and giggle hysterically, but often they don’t really understand why the joke is even funny. That is because most jokes are play-on-words, or they are funny because a word in the joke might have two meanings, or the word could be a homonym. Being able to interpret multiple meanings of words is an important reading comprehension skill. So, why not encourage your child’s love of joke-telling, and make it an educational experience at the same time?!

JOKE: What’s the difference between a train and a teacher?

ANSWER: A teacher says, “Spit out your gum!” and train says, “Choo, choo!”

EXPLANATION: Teachers don’t usually let students chew gum in class. So, a teacher would tell her students to spit it out. A train makes the sound “choo choo”, which is a play on words of the words “chew chew”, which of course is the opposite instruction of spitting out the gum.

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