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  •  my first grade teacher (11+ / 0-)

    told my mom to stop taking me to the library because I was getting ahead of the other kids and bored with the Dick & Jane book (which, when we finished, we started over! oh the boredom!) No wonder kids thought reading was a chore! My Mom ignored her, of course.

    LOVE Dr. Seuss and he is timeless. Each new generation can still appreciate the genius and wisdom of Seuss, who made learning so much fun.

    There's a terrific book of artwork that he did for himself, released for publication by his wife. Some are really beautiful, most (all?) are colorful, and many show the familiar Seuss whimsy. There's also a book of WWII editorial cartoons that he did.

    Thank you, Ted Geisel, and thank you, citylights for the lovely diary.

    •  Shame on that teacher! I guess we all had at (6+ / 0-)

      least one like that. A bad teacher in early elementary, though, can really have a deleterious effect on a child's school experience.

      I'm glad you enjoyed the diary.  I sure had fun reminiscing. I still like reading Dr. Seuss.

      "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

      by citylights on Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 10:19:17 AM PDT

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    •  My first grade teacher wasn't that bad (2+ / 0-)
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      but she did draw the line when, bored, I read the second, third and began to read the fourth grade editons she had on a shelf in the back of the room. "If you read them now, you'll be bored when you get to the seccond grade!"

      Well, they are boring books.

      I got permission to bring in library books (and my dad gave me an old briefcase to carry them in, cool stuff for a first grader) and in exchange I tutored some of my classmates in reading individually while my reading group slogged through the next 'adventures' of Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff.  

      "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

      by Orinoco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 12:46:13 AM PDT

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      •   hope first grade readers have improved (2+ / 0-)
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        The prime opportunity to open the world with books, and they gave us Dick and Jane?! Thank God for libraries, and good parents.

        Love the briefcase!  Adorable.

        •  Don't know. I haven't been in an elementary (2+ / 0-)
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          classroom in years.

          I learned to read when I was five, from my big sister who was learning to read in school. She taught me how to sound out words, so she was being taught to read phoenetically.

          The Dick and Jane series were based on 'word recognition' and limited vocabulary: later stories only added a few extra words to the learned vocabulary from earlier stories. Seems to be no way to learn new vocabulary from context, which is unfortunate. I probably picked up well over half my vocabulary by reading unfamiliar words, deciding what they meant from context, and confirming or changing my definition when encountering the word in later reading.

          However, despite my first grade teacher using Dick and Jane, and her concern about my later reading career, she taught phoenics as well. "When two vowels go walking, the first does the talking!"

          "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

          by Orinoco on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:16:01 AM PDT

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