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Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 in Featured | 0 comments


The stoat is a short tailed weasel. Jack’s weasel looked very much like this.

If you are not familiar with weasels, it’s good to learn what an energetic animal this is.  It reminds me of that old nursery rhyme, “Round and round the mulberry bush, the money chased the weasel.  The monkey thought it all was in fun. POP goes the weasel.”

So now, maybe it is easier for you to imagine what Harry was like after he ate some sugar from the sugar bowl.  There are other YouTube videos that you can watch to see active a weasel is normally when he is just playing and not preparing to attack his prey.

Published on Apr 14, 2013      Ozzy the weasel’s war dance:      http://youtu.be/VdRXuyBOyow 

The weasel war dance is a colloquial term for a behavior of excited ferrets and weasels. In wild animals, it is speculated that this dance is used to confuse or disorient prey. In domestic animals, the war dance usually follows play or the successful capture of a toy or a stolen object and is commonly held to mean that the weasel is thoroughly enjoying itself.

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What do we know about Literacy?

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Literacy | 0 comments

We know the word Literacy.  But, what do we know about it?

We know when a person is literate or not literate.  But, it’s not an either or situation.  There are infinite stages between being literate or not literate.

And, for many of us who have already raised children, even home-schooled them… we didn’t know many of the details of enabling our children to be literate.  At least I didn’t.

I knew that I wanted my children to speak correctly, which meant that they needed to use grammar correctly.  I never spoke baby talk to them.  I always tried to speak correct English so that they would always hear reasonably correct English from me.  I wanted them to be able to take an English entrance exam and just have to think about what they’ve heard instead of trying to think of the rules that family conversation may or may not have followed.  In other words, I wanted the rules for grammar and family conversation to agree.

But, now we CAN understand what contributes to excellent literacy and can include those ideas, thoughts, concepts into whatever you are teaching or sharing with your children.

Just to give you a little head start into the amazing study of literacy.  Here are a few things that you are accomplishing by reading to children:

  • They hear words pronounced correctly which in turn enables them to do so.
  • They can learn new vocabulary just by context.  And, they can be encouraged to ask about a new word. That can be taken a few steps further.
  • They hear and absorb phrasing.
  • They hear modulation of voice throughout the sentence. That contributes to their enjoyment of being read to and may encourage them to read to younger siblings or friends.
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Reading to Children

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Literacy | 0 comments

Reading to Children

Reading to children is the simple way we help our children grow in literacy.

story time with grandpa

We read to children for their pleasure or ours.  Or, we want them to learn something about history, a person or countless other things.  We may not have realized how reading to them improves their literacy.  Look at the list below and maybe be amazed at what is potentially accomplished by so simple a task.

  • In the picture above you can see a relationship being developed between the reader and the listeners.
  • The children hear new words and how to pronounce them.  Vocabulary is increased if you take the time to define new words.
  • The children hear phrasing, and that adds to their communication skills.  They learn how to read outloud to others.
  • They develop a love of books, reading and learning.  Don’t you wonder what book Grandpa is reading to such an enthusiastic group of children?
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