Spelling VIII: Pronunciation

Five days a week I spend a large portion of each morning teaching spelling.  I watch children working, like ancient scribes, to represent their speech sounds with the symbols I am teaching them.  I do teach standard spelling.  I do not teach them to spell any way that feels right, but I encourage students to … Continue reading Spelling VIII: Pronunciation

Why Won’t They Read

Some of my earliest memories are of my mom reading to my sisters and me. Raggedy Ann and Andy books are prominent in those memories.  I believe Mom chose the Raggedy books because she remembered them from her childhood.  I wonder what she would think of the stories if she read them now. I have … Continue reading Why Won’t They Read


I haven’t finished reading G.K. Chesterton’s autobiography yet, but, as usually happens when I read nonfiction, one thing led to another.  In the chapter on his boyhood and school days, Chesterton mentions: “The first of my friends, with whom I fought in the field, has since written the best detective story of modern times and … Continue reading Clerihews