Spring or Fall?

Last I worked on this educational blog, I was very spring themed. I’m now looking forward and I feel to happy and bright, it feels like spring time! Realistically, not so true since this is October and I can remember learning in elementary school about the four seasons and how they work with the months.

Anybody remember the story of the king who wanted a fifth season with something more than sun, leaves, snow, and rain? It was a Dr Suess book with Oobleck, the foolish king wanted something new to fall from the sky. So he had his magicians conjure up oobleck which of course turned out to be a terrible disaster.

I have long wondered where in the history of teaching reading and literacy, the Suess books belong. Are they consider decodable readers with no intrinsic value? Are they “authentic” literature which pulls students towards literacy?

I’ve been into the reading and history of literacy teaching in the US and I’m appalled by how many major goofs have been made by educators, researchers, and the politicians.  More on this later. Right now, let me throw in my two cents for the traditional practice of vocabulary and spelling words in each though a word list that is relevant to this weeks words, that teaches important patterns and distinctions, and which uses words that are vital to the curriculum and which will reappear regularly so that they enter long term memory. For those of you who would like some materials to being with, I strongly advise using well curated lists from VocabularySpellingCity such as  second grade spelling word liststhird grade spelling listsfourth grade spelling lists, and fifth grade spelling spelling list.

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