Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Sunday, April 11, 2021
I recently heard a teacher say, "When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking." I stifled my sigh, I think; but, not my sadness that this old teacher tale was still being offered as a way to approach unfamiliar words.
So, I did a quick Google search and found the myth was all over the internet! I wanted to cry!There are many studies that disprove this myth. Incredibly, it's only about 36-42% of vowel teams in common words that follow that "rule" depending on which collection of common or frequently found words you use.
A few vowel teams do follow that pattern most of the time: ay (way), ee (green), oa (coat), oi (coin) and oy (boy).
The rest of the teams that do not follow the old tale!
The vowel team ea can say e its name as in eat, its sound as in bread, or the long sound of a as in great.
The vowel team oo can say oo as in cool or oo as in good.
The vowel team ew can make the sound in few or in sew.
The vowel team ey can make the sound in money or in they.
The ie team can say thief or lie.
The au team can make the sound in fault or in laugh.
The ou team can say pouch, boulder, couple, should, or cougar.
The ei team can say receive, forfeit, or vein
The ai team can say rain, plaid, aisle. or said.
This does not mean we do not teach vowel teams; rather, it means we teach the strategic patterns such as, ai is usually in the middle of a word and ay usually is at the end! Perhaps I need to make tee shirts that say two vowels did not go for a walk!
Friday, April 9, 2021
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
"You should keep writing every day," she said casually, as if she was noting I should take a shower every day because it was good for others!
"It's a lot of pressure," I volunteered, "every year I wonder if I can possibly add this to my list and consider not dong the SOL. Then, every year I marvel when I do it. . It is a reminder that the more you write the easier it is to write."
At the finish line of this year's marathon, I am thinking about all the routines of life, commuting, cleaning, cooking, laundry, exercising and eating healthy. All of them are easier when you just do them every day and keep your momentum going.
Yet, that is the challenge, to keep your eye and mind focused on what is important. To keep yourself from the distractions of reality TV, the last chapter, and a gooey snack.
It's a challenge every year, but I plan to return on Tuesdays while I wait for next March.
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
It seemed as if they had done this before!
Sunday, March 28, 2021
I squeezed out the last drops of Trader Joe's shower gel,
Saturday, March 27, 2021