Mouse Mess

Our new words are castle, olives, smear, and soak. Help your child learn the words. The words come from the book “Mouse Mess.” Listen to the story with your child in the video below.


A castle is a large fortified building or set of buildings.

Ask your child who lives in a castle.


Olives are a small oval fruit with a hard pit. They can be green or black. They are used to make oil. Eat some olives together.


Smear means to spread something with a greasy or sticky substance.

Beans soaking in water

Soak means to get something very wet by putting it in a liquid.

Help your child smear butter on bread or soak a sponge in water or bread in olive oil.