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“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#21 Jul 10, 2013
Ugh. That should be "...putting thoughts down than *writing* well."

<sigh> I was interrupted mid-thought.

Since: Dec 09

Smalltown, Colorado

#22 Jul 10, 2013
RACE wrote:
What were red winged blackbirds called before they discovered blackbirds?
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"That black flying thing" crapped on my head!

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#23 Jul 10, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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Kids are learning more, earlier these days. Nick's 6yo finished kindergarten and he reads really well. Kindergarten wasn't teaching that when I was a kid. Kindergarten was more about learning letters, using safety scissors, art stuff, nap time.
Oh, how I miss nap time...

Kindergarten here is a full day, no nap time but two snack breaks.

Since: Jan 10

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#24 Jul 10, 2013
squishymama wrote:
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Lulu had to do quite a bit of writing too. She had a journal, a science journal, she did a report on a farm animal, wrote several short stories and even had a book bound, but grammar and spelling seemed to be secondary to the story or method they were practicing. Especially the journals; they really seemed more about putting thoughts down than written well.
I really love some of the misspellings. I have a picture of marine life Lulu made for me here at work and she drew a lovely dolphin as part of it and it's labeled "dollfin".
I think she's too young to get a lot of the grammar rules. And why crush their love of reading and writing so young? Let them develop story telling skills and other aspects of writing before bogging them down with rules.

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#25 Jul 10, 2013
1: Just say no.

2: Just no.

3: Don't go.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#26 Jul 10, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I think she's too young to get a lot of the grammar rules. And why crush their love of reading and writing so young? Let them develop story telling skills and other aspects of writing before bogging them down with rules.
For the same reason I don't think people should talk baby talk to babies.
Begin as you mean to go on. Let the kid become familiar with the right way from the beginning and it is more likely to stick.

Our grammar school had the kids write and then read chapter books in 1st grade. When we saw how the elder girl handled that, we knew to screen her for dyslexia. When she wrote a 5 paragraph theme in 3rd grade I framed it. Literally.

The younger one collaborated with 2 other friends on her chapter book. As I recall, this was allowed. The 1st grade teacher mentioned the result several times over the next few years. Either it was the teacher's excellent memory, political instincts or a really funny result, I was never sure.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#27 Jul 10, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
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I think she's too young to get a lot of the grammar rules. And why crush their love of reading and writing so young? Let them develop story telling skills and other aspects of writing before bogging them down with rules.
I agree. And if she like reading, a lot of grammar rules will come naturally.

My sister gave me a box of my early elementary school papers that she found at my dad's house. It is quite evident from my writings that I was not a fan of my loud toddler sister, heh.

Since: Jan 10

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#28 Jul 10, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
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I agree. And if she like reading, a lot of grammar rules will come naturally.
My sister gave me a box of my early elementary school papers that she found at my dad's house. It is quite evident from my writings that I was not a fan of my loud toddler sister, heh.
I somehow stumbled onto a paper Nick had written maybe in junior high. It's obvious that he had a serious crush on Anje ("angie"), who's like a cousin to him -- a friend at the neighboring cabin. He's known her their whole lives.

Since: May 13

Monterey, CA

#29 Jul 10, 2013
LW1: Team Amy.

LW2: As one of my favorite English teaches used to say (with a twinkle in her eye), "That is something up with which I cannot put." I had to share that!(I am making more typos these days due to this horrid keyboard.)

LW3: My ex-boss from my previous place of employment started doing stand-up comedy! She's quite good.
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#30 Jul 10, 2013
pde wrote:
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I was actually surprised by the amount of writing my kid was required to do in 1st grade. At the end of the year, every child in the class had to write an entire report (for them, it was 5-7 correctly composed paragraphs) on a marine animal.
Isn't it hard to write on something so lumpy? And I would think the paper would get all wet!
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#31 Jul 10, 2013
PEllen wrote:
<quoted text>For the same reason I don't think people should talk baby talk to babies.
Begin as you mean to go on. Let the kid become familiar with the right way from the beginning and it is more likely to stick.
I just said this in one of my comments the other day. i don't think people should use baby talk with kids, ever. It keeps them from learning to communicate and understand things properly.

And I can proudly say my daughter ranked in the 99th % in her reading and vocabulary standardized tests and her grade level was post high school (she's 10). Of course, her mom is so brilliant, so she can't help it!:-D

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#32 Jul 10, 2013
Stina wrote:
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I just said this in one of my comments the other day. i don't think people should use baby talk with kids, ever. It keeps them from learning to communicate and understand things properly.
And I can proudly say my daughter ranked in the 99th % in her reading and vocabulary standardized tests and her grade level was post high school (she's 10). Of course, her mom is so brilliant, so she can't help it!:-D
Many years ago I dated a guy with children. he described them as short people who didn't know the language well. As a phrase, it stuck.
Julie

Chicago, IL

#33 Jul 10, 2013
RACE wrote:
Well, there went 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
That can pretty much be said of *every* Lamy column...

“What's it to ya?”

Since: Mar 09

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#34 Jul 10, 2013
Stina wrote:
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I just said this in one of my comments the other day. i don't think people should use baby talk with kids, ever. It keeps them from learning to communicate and understand things properly.
And I can proudly say my daughter ranked in the 99th % in her reading and vocabulary standardized tests and her grade level was post high school (she's 10). Of course, her mom is so brilliant, so she can't help it!:-D
I never used baby talk, ever. I figured he would learn that then I wold just have to teach him English. Who has tie for that? I also always used good grammar. Not that I'm infallible...I'm not Edog after all...but still he learned to say "I don't feel WELL" not "I don't feel GOOD." Among other things.

Since: Jan 10

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#35 Jul 10, 2013
I also agree -- no baby talk. For one thing, it's just ANNOYING. For another, it seems to become a habit.

However: Infants respond to changes in voice, so talking animatedly or raising and lowering one's voice in pitch (not volume) engages them. "Are we having peas for supper? We sure are having peas for supper." But not "Is widdle biddle baby giong to have her peasy weasy for supper?" (Barf)

“On Deck”

Since: Aug 08

French Polynesia

#36 Jul 10, 2013
That's right, Red. And song and rhyme are extremely effective, universally utilized tools people have used throughout time to teach language to their kids.
I'm not sure if I have read that somewhere, but it is something I believe. I still use it to help memorize things and learn new words in different languages. It is very helpful.
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#38 Jul 11, 2013
Mimi Seattle wrote:
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...but still he learned to say "I don't feel WELL" not "I don't feel GOOD." Among other things.
Ha, I am always trying to teach her this since she was itty bitty! She does pretty well now and just needs a reminder now and then.
Stina

Saint Petersburg, FL

#39 Jul 11, 2013
RedheadwGlasses wrote:
I also agree -- no baby talk. For one thing, it's just ANNOYING. For another, it seems to become a habit.
However: Infants respond to changes in voice, so talking animatedly or raising and lowering one's voice in pitch (not volume) engages them. "Are we having peas for supper? We sure are having peas for supper." But not "Is widdle biddle baby giong to have her peasy weasy for supper?" (Barf)
EXACTLY!!!
SoHo

United States

#40 Jul 11, 2013
I don't get it

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

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#41 Jul 11, 2013
SoHo wrote:
I don't get it
And we quite understand why.

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