Posts Tagged ‘languages’
written 3/22/12 – Maggie is reading “Hamlet” in English class. They just finished “Mid Summers Night’s Dream” and “Animal Farm”. She didn’t talk much about the other two books, but she talks all of the time about “Hamlet”. Before the class started reading the book, Maggie found the cliff notes on the computer and she got the book from the bookstore. This book has the story in Shakespeare’s words on one side of the page, and a translation on the other side of the page. She found a “Hamlet” comic book on the Internet. She has printed it, punched holes in each page and numbered the pages. She is now coloring in the characters with colored pencils. It is so hard to find what will spark a child’s interest. “Hamlet” has sparked Maggie.
What sparks your interest? For me, I loved to crochet all of the time, making granny squares. Now I am trying to learn Spanish.
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written 2/12/12 – We talked about learning Morse code last night at dinner. William had nothing to say about it, whether he would learn it or not. Maggie is ready to learn it. She goes over each time that she sees another letter up and begins to memorize it. Beth says that her life is already full enough with school and friends. She is not learning it. She can do all of the sign language letters by memory. Beth says that this is enough. We now have the letter “C” up. I am still trying to learn the letter “A”.
William noticed that if we have the family tree up on one wall and the Morse Code on another wall, he doesn’t think that it will all fit. He thinks that I should put all of the Morse Code on one paper and be done with it. It would be quicker and take up less room.. I said that if the Morse Code starts to take up too much room we can always re-write it to one sheet.. I like having one letter go up each week, it gives us time to absorb it.
written 2/8/12 – Maggie talked to a teacher today about her thesis statement for her project. The teacher had told her yesterday that her thesis statement was a statement and not something that needed to be proven. Her thesis statement needs to be something that she proves. The first rough draft is due this Friday. Today she had a chance to talk to the teacher and fix her statement. Her paper needs to be six pages long. Maggie has started to write the paper even though the thesis statement problem needs to be worked out.
The kids noticed the Morse Code “A” on the wall at dinner the other day. They weren’t excited. They asked why it was on the wall. They said “Didn’t we learn this already?” I said that we had only gotten a few letters into the alphabet when we took them down to sell the house. The kids don’t want to learn Morse Code on purpose, but if the letters are on the wall, maybe the kids will learn Morse code by just seeing it all of the time. I would like to learn this language too. Sometimes I teach the kids things, but I don’t really learn it. With this, when I walk past the letters, I am going to make an effort to say the letter and the symbol each week.