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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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      Orinoco, RiveroftheWest

      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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        wasatch, RiveroftheWest

        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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