May 18, 2020

Life This Week 18/5/2020: Share Your Snaps.


This week in pictures:



I happened upon this window display at a local pet store while waiting for my fish and chips order last weekend.  The toy twigs made me smile deeply.

Add caption


It was a work week so here's a scene from my desk.  I love my The Body Shop Hemp Hand Cream so much I can't let any of it go to waste, hence the cut up tube.




Speaking of work, we honoured our nurses at the hospital this week.  I am so lucky to be working with such a caring, fun and supportive group.  Thank you for all that you give and do.




Master SSG's favourite snack at the moment are these jam cookies.  They're from a cafe down the road from work.  Each cookie isn't much smaller than the little guy's head.  But he manages to polish a whole cookie off ahead of a full dinner on school nights.




Our household's journey of discovery into the world of homemade slime continues this week with a foray into the world of slime mix kits.  A bit exxy but the results are impressive.  More importantly, the floorboards and kitchen benchtops survived unscathed.



Spelling practice.  Because life goes on despite the virus...  

May I get on my soapbox for just one moment?  Arghhhhh.....  What is wrong with sounding out words by their syllables as you learn to write them?  There comes a point, I think, when learning by sight just isn't sustainable.   Words become too complicated and memorizing by sight just wastes too much brain space as far as I'm concerned.

As much as many children love the way spelling and vocabulary is now taught using fun apps who present learning as games, that's not all there is to it.  The words are often flashed so briefly on the screen that you don't have time to get to 'know' the word and determine if it looks like a word you might already know and hence will be less 'scared' of learning the new word.  In short, I am a fan of pattern recognition, application and building on an existing knowledge base.

I am sitting here writing to you as a passionate believer in sounding out syllables and writing words out to learn them.  I have no quality evidence base to support my belief, I haven't reviewed the current literature and I'm also not the partner of someone famous but I have found my voice and I'm determined to use it.

Thanks for reading.


This is my snap of the week.  Driving into the sunset on the last day of work for a week.  This is that last right turn I need to take before I hit the bridge and then tunnel for a week of sleep-ins back home sweet home.  


These were the choices for dinner last night.  



Chargrill Charlie's is as close as I'll get to the salad bars I frequent stateside.  It's May and May as been Destination USA for me for as long as I can remember....   May we all regroup, rebound and recover from this shocking year and take to the skies stronger, wiser and healthier next year.


Wishing you a lovely week ahead.

It's exciting but also a little daunting 'emerging' from isolation like this, isn't it?


20 comments:

  1. I'm pleased I'm not the only one feeling a little daunted by coming out of isolation and just as I was getting into my iso-groove too!

    As an ex-primary school teacher (with a specialism in language) I am with you on the sounding out and syllable building. There's a whole heap of words that don't fit into the sounding out strategy and should be learned as sight words but for all the others, I'm all aboard the phonics train! I've seen it tried, tested and it works.

    I've seen those dog twig toys around quite a lot recently, maybe I should get one for Teddy Roosevelt to satisfy his stick fetish - he's not allowed to eat real sticks because of his sensitive stomach!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for your spelling insights, Sammie!!!

      I had no idea that there are health benefits of the toy sticks - being better for sensitive tummies than the real thing!

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  2. Oooh, good find with the slime!!ANd excellent tip on the handcream. I'm churning through the stuff. #Lifethisweek (I went to Charcoal Charlie's this week for that million dollar cookie dough!)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I need to go back to Charcoal Charlie's for that cookie dough. Silly me went for salad last time... SSG xxxx

      Delete
  3. I wonder if the way your son learns spelling is a school or even state based decision. My Grade 2 is in a public school in a different state and their spelling is all taught phonetically. Each time they go up a level they are given the new words on paper to go in their spelling book where they can practise writing the words. It is interesting hearing how other schools teach.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Allison, it is interesting isn't it? There's so many ways of getting it done so hopefully there's a way for each of our children to take on as their own method.

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  4. I like your snap of the week and the sound of a week of sleep-ins at home. #lifethisweek

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely loving the sleep ins and free time this week!

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  5. All that food is making me hungry lol. Love that jam cookie!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I am very fortunate the cafe has never run out of the jam cookies every time I've returned for them since!

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  6. I like the Incredible Hulk twig!!!

    I certainly learnt to spell by sounding them out. Weirdly, when I lived in Cambodia and studied Khmer (the language) BRIEFLY!!! I loved that I didn't have to learn the script so I could write the words in English however I sounded them out in my head. I should also mention it's come in handy for passwords ever since cos only I spell a word the way I do.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Are they seriously teaching kids to learn by sight??The future is screwed. The whole point of learning to sound out words is to be able to spell and learn new words. How else are you going to learn? Sorry - same soapbox as yours! Hope you have a lovely week off and enjoy sleep-ins and runs

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I feel validated! Thanks for your support, Sanch!

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  8. Love the doggy sticks. Reminds me of the gorgeous children's book "The stickman" . You must read it to your little guy, it's by the same author as Room on the Broom.
    I'm a Speech Pathologist and totally agree about the importance of learning phonic skills to enable word decoding and encoding. Essential literacy "toolbox" skills.
    Thanks for your regular posts, I do enjoy following along.

    ReplyDelete
  9. I guess you are having some sad times remembering "this" is when you are normally getting geared up for going away.
    English is a very strange language even for those of us where it is our first spoken language. I am trained K-6 teacher and also an ESL teacher and to be honest there are so many rules and then as well so many which can be broken. I know being a keen reader helps to be a good spelling BUT in saying that, there are "spellers" and there are not. It's just how it is. I know I probably have confused you further. Not all words can be 'sounded' out as you know and maybe for some, breaking them into pieces syllable by syllable helps but not everyone can "hear" those syllables...we all learn differently and retain the information differently. Mine is visual mostly. Wonder if yours is different to Master SSG? Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week the optional prompt is 21/51 Self-Care Stories. #3. 25.5.2020 But I will take the chance to add another chapter in Telling My Story. Hope to see you there too. Denyse.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Denyse, thank you for your insights! They do make sense. I just need to observe my own child rather than relying on what worked for me all those decades ago.

      SSG xxx

      Delete
  10. Love your snaps. The twig men remind me of the book The Gruffalo's Child. She carries a stick man toy around with her. I think I'm ready to come out of isolation, but we will be taking it slowly.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely! I thought the same thing about the twig men.

      SSG xxx

      Delete

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I'm having trouble importing comments from Blogger right now so using Disqus or sending a tweet would be your best bet. X

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails