1. ## Opposites question...

Hello:
I´m a preschooler (K3) teacher in Mexico City and yesterday we were discussing opposites... We were seeing LONG and SHORT, I asked for homework to draw two examples of long and short... Today I got a message from a mother that reads: Teacher please explaine my daughter that something not necessarily has to be big to be long.
As far as I undestand these are two completly different things, but it really took me by surprise, how can I explaine this difference to a preschooler?
Thank you very much.
Pao.

2. ## Re: Opposites question...

Originally Posted by PaoInMexico
Hello:
I´m a preschooler (K3) teacher in Mexico City and yesterday we were discussing opposites... We were seeing LONG and SHORT, I asked for homework to draw two examples of long and short... Today I got a message from a mother that reads: Teacher please explaine my daughter that something not necessarily has to be big to be long.
As far as I undestand these are two completly different things, but it really took me by surprise, how can I explaine this difference to a preschooler?
Thank you very much.
Pao.
Something does have to be [relatively] big lengthwise for it to be [relatively] long. That's what 'long' means - a relative largeness of length.
A bacteria is small (compared to a person), but it can be long (compared to its width).
You would need to explain the concept of relativity of sizes and proportions to the child, and that for something to be "long", it must be long compared to some other measure.
Good luck!

3. ## Re: Opposites question...

Raymott.....
Thank You so very much for your help!!
Now I know why I was confused, it is because exactly what you say, Big and Long are in fact related.
I guess the mother´s note caught me off guard somehow!
Thank you again!!
Regards from Mexico!
Paola!

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