The (over) – Use of Hyperbole in Vernacular

I will begin this post with a statement about hyperbole in our language…. We are loosing our ability to emphasize anything in particular because we tend to use too much hyperbole. If we put emphasis on everything, then nothing gets emphasized. As a society we have taken to using extreme words in un-extreme circumstances; words like awesome, hate [&hellip

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Prevent Learning “Slide-back”

SLIDEBACK…. What is it? Slideback is the loss of learning momentum. Who does it effect? Everyone. Even adults. How does it happen? Slideback happens when children (especially) take a break from the routine learning process. When does it happen? Slideback is associated with periods of time when children are not in school. Summer break is [&hellip

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Talk to your children

One of the “critical” pre-literacy skills is vocabulary. The broader a preschooler’s vocabulary is, the easier it will be for that child to understand the sentences he/she will eventually be asked to read. A broad vocabulary provides context and helps us decipher the meaning of statements, even if we don’t know the meaning of every [&hellip

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Student Success Starts with Grit!

This is a great video. Open this post to watch Angela Lee Duckworth give her explanation of why children succeed. In a word, Grit. There is ample research in our world that explains why children fail. I like this video because it puts a positive spin on the accomplishments of young people. Children with passion [&hellip

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old books

I am reading an “old” book. It was published in 1953. It is a compilation of short stories. Some of them date back into the 1850s. Here are a few of my observations. The book has a hard cover. I wonder when “paperback” covers came into fashion? The stiff spine and the hard cover make [&hellip

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When will it become apparent?

The other day I was speaking with a friend about pre-literacy skills. “When” she asked “will it become apparent that a young child is ready to read?” Our conversation finished without answering that rhetorical question. Since then I have given the matter some thought. I’ve decided that children are ready to read very early in life. Much like [&hellip

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