Thursday, April 15, 2010

Learning more English

This afternoon after school, Annabel got in the car with the story of how her whole class got in trouble because a boy was spreading roommates.

Roommates?

She has recently learned the word "cooties" and thought he had been spreading them, but no she said it a couple more times that he was spreading roommates.

Grace finally interrupted her and corrected the word to rumors.

From there she moved onto discussing her tutoring session, which we were heading to.

She said she feels sorry for her tutor because sometimes she thinks the tutor wants to say, "Grrrrrrrr" and then bop her on the head because she can't remember a simple word!

I laughed so hard! I thought at first she meant the tutor had growled at her, but of course, she had not, but the very idea that Annabel had been thinking about it and decided that she was frustrating the tutor took more discussion!

She explained that if she did not know the word "no", which she says she does know, but if she did not, and then while she is reading and comes to that word, then tutor would say, "sound it out, nnnn, oooooo, now put it together, nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooo." And then she would make her say it several more times to help her remember.

But she is sure that the teacher wants to bop her on the head, which immediately brought up the image of Little Bunny Foo Foo, hopping through the forest, scooping up the field mice and bopping them on the head.

No need to worry, the tutor has not and will not be bopping her on the head. She has had such a fantastic impact on Annabel and reminds her regularly of her skills and abilities, and reminds her of how much she has achieved! The session is only supposed to last 45 minutes, but she usually keeps her at least an hour.

Tonight I asked if she could help her with learning some of her science lesson, which she did, and gave me the idea of cutting up her study worksheet and put the words and definitions on index cards for her to match up in prepping for the test.

So here I am with a bachelors degree in elementary education, and two masters degrees, and I am pretty sure I learned more about biology from helping her study than I ever learned. So Annabel and I are about on the same level on learning and knowing the information, but Grace blew me away!

She began explaining the phyllum (?) of the different species and why they were each of the phyllums, characteristics of each, and then used Sponge Bob to explain arthropod, cnidaria, and chordata, among others.

By 6th grade she already knows more than I have forgotten!

Annabel's test is Thursday.

Please say a little prayer for her. This test is very important!

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