Antonyms – providing contrast and balance
Guidelines for teachers Introducing antonyms If synonyms give variety to our language, antonyms provide the context. Almost everything in our universe has an opposite - making sense of how and why we live, maintaining a balance and a structure and establishing both rhythm and contrast. Through the myths, legends and stories that have been passed down through generations and across cultures, we know that even our earliest ancestors recognised and revered this crucial element in our lives. And it is through stories, poems and rhymes that children quickly become aware of, and begin to deal confidently with, some of the most basic and elemental antonyms, such as up and down, good and bad, light and dark.