Monday, May 5, 2008

worth your weight in googley eyes

do you know what this is? it's a close-up of the bag of googley eyes that was delivered today! and we got all our crafts for summer reading, which include kits for making: bracelets, suncatchers, 3D fish, kaleidoscopes (can you believe the kid who hates hoboes doesn't know what a kaleidoscope is?), paddleballs, etc. AND we received our butterfly growing kit (caterpillars to be sent at a later date). oooh, it's going to be a fun summer.
today we played a rousing round of "word up," the dictionary racing game invented by yours truly. i noticed that even after our last session of word up, the kids kind of have NO CLUE how to use a dictionary. so today i did a little demonstration using guide words and a sort of alphabet time-line showing how to determine where in the alphabet a given letter would be.
man, i just don't know what these kids learn in school. i mean, nevermind that they have no concept of how to use a dictionary, but alot of them barely know alphabetical order. and i'm talking kids in 3rd and 4th grade. i asked one girl where M would be on my alphabetic time line. "would it be in the beginning, the middle, or the end?" and she just looked at me blankly like i asked her to solve some quantum physics equation. grrrrrr.

1 comment:

Her Mother said...

The Dictionary was always a favorite around our house during your pre-blogging childhood. I am so glad that you are sharing the joys of The Dictionary with your library family.