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  •  CHEERS to Smart Kids (15+ / 0-)

    They got my vote tonight.  I love it that even a few youngsters love words so much they can excel in spelling.  Hopefully that talent gets them far in adult professions that engage their minds and require them to use the knowledge they've gained in grade school.

    Those state spelling bee kids in Missouri who were so good they literally drained the moderators of all their words
    CHEERS  My first-through-third grade teacher had phonics down pat, so I picked reading up as fast as a duck takes to water via the phonetic method of learning to read and spell, so I had few to no problems with spelling or with pronouncing new words.  Some kids my age, including at the school where I transferred to in order to complete my schooling, were part of an experimental group who learned reading and spelling by sight.  The upshot is that most of them lagged so far behind in reading, spelling, and comprehension skills that by the time we were seniors in high school we were all required to take a spelling class (which I aced, of course since I had not been part of that experimental group)...!  How'zat for an experiment gone wrong?  Phonics remains the best way of teaching young kids to read and spell.  [Really:  'If it ain't broke, don't fix it.'  That applies to elementary learning, too.]

    CHEERS to alla youz and yer furry & feathery fambly & frens.  Have a great weekend!

    I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

    by NonnyO on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 05:40:51 PM PST

    •  Phonics (7+ / 0-)

      I was with a second-grade cousin who was sounding out an advertising sign with some difficult word like "phenomenal." She pronounced it perfectly. Then she asked "what does that mean?" It was pretty impressive.

      •  :-) Pre-internet days... (7+ / 0-)

        ... I collected some three or four dictionaries, a Thesaurus, and a couple of obscure dictionaries (plus a little Norwegian-English translating dictionary, then added the best one, and now have an additional 1873 Dano-Norsk - English Dictionary (most of the thing is in Gothic type except the foreword).

        Your second-grade cousin is like me.  Sometimes I could pronounce a word perfectly because it was always so easy to sound out an unfamiliar word and not know what it meant (even after I became an adult and encountered strange words)..., which is why I had all those dictionaries because not all of them had the same words in them, which I always found odd.

        When I got to college (age 41) and saw the OED set on one section of the college library's shelves, I almost swooned because I wanted a set just like that for myself..., but now I realize how unrealistic that wish was since OED keeps adding words.

        I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

        by NonnyO on Fri Feb 28, 2014 at 07:50:46 PM PST

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