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More Letters to Ma’ama

More Letters to Ma’ama Ma’ama got our first letter!  She got it about the end of last week.  I don’t think she sat down right away to write her reply, but she did call very soon after.   She said we should expect her response by the end of this week, maybe beginning of next due to the holiday.  When I asked if she could read it, she said yes, which means my son’s writing skills – in terms of letter formation – are improving.  I noticed...

Letters to Ma’ama

Letters to Ma’ama My son has had some issues with writing and reading this year.  Yes, he’s only finishing kindergarten, but based on the standards set, he’s not doing all that great.  His teacher has made suggestions for extra practice at home, but none have really taken hold.  It’s my mom who has made a suggestion that maybe clicks.  She and he will start writing letters to one another.  My mom’s in Michigan and we’re in Arizona, so...

More About Dolch Words

More About Dolch Words In trying to figure out how to get my son interested in these words, I took to the Internet.  The search “dolch word list” brings up over 150,000 entries, so then it’s up to me to zero in on the one(s) that will work best for my boy.  I came across one website, a teacher’s website, which had all sorts of information on Dolch words.  She had lists.  She’d separated those lists by grade level and even separated the nouns...

Dolch Words

Dolch Words What the heck are those?  It’s a list of 220 “sight words” that anyone should know in order to become a good reader.  Additionally, there are 95 nouns that make up the most common words found in children’s literature at various levels.  My son’s kindergarten teacher talks about them every now and then, but I never made the connection between the phrase “sight words” and “Dolch words.”  These are the words a new reader...

Crazy Places to Write

Crazy Places to Write Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever written something down?  By “something” I mean notes or a phone message or some other short text.  I’ve written on my hand or arm, the wall (where I can’t currently write on the wall, since I don’t think the apartment complex I live in would enjoy having to deal with that once I move out),  and my current favorite place it seems – my desk top.  I write in pencil, first...

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