Posts Tagged ‘Morse_Code’
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.
written 2/5/12 -I think the kids are required now to take a foreign language in college. We don’t know any foreign languages. Maggie and Beth both took Spanish in grade school. At home, for a while, we were playing a CD of Chinese language lessons while we ate dinner. I had hoped that we would learn some Chinese from it. We didn’t. We also tried to learn Morse code. I don’t think that the kids could take this in college, but it was fun. It is dots and dashes. I took a piece of writing paper and put an “A” on it and the Morse code for “A” under it and taped it to the wall. We found the code in the encyclopedia. The next week I hung up the paper for “B”. After the kids learned all of them I was going to give them treasure hunts using Morse Code. I know that Morse Code isn’t often used, but any time that they are learning it is good. We didn’t finish learning the whole alphabet because we were going to move and they had to come off of the wall.
We have also tried to learn sign language (ASL). At one of the teacher supply stores we got a sign language poster. We have it in the dining room. Some of the kids picked up the alphabet very quickly. I am trying really hard with it. We need to start learning it again, this would be a good choice for a college class. I also have some Sign Language DVD’s. One is “Signing Time” with Alex and Leah. I have watched it and it is quite good. An adult shows some signs then a lot of kids do the signs. It is good to see the language being used by people, not just sketches in a book. I also have the DVD “Signing made Easy!” with Anthony Natale. I haven’t watched this one yet.
Are you learning any new languages? What helps you to learn?