Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Today in the middle of a history lesson about how the modern day calender came to be (which Erin insisted on reading out loud to me) she clears her throat and in her best Spanish accent says "Hoolius Sayzar". I had been pondering things work-related when the odd combination of Rome related information and a thick Spanish name jolted my attention back to her. I glanced at her book and said " I believe it's pronounced Julius Caesar, honey." To which she responded, "Mom, I went to school with a boy named Julio and one named Caesar. I'm pretty sure I know how to say it." I have a feeling there will be many more of these stories to share.
Did I mention that she's tricky? You've got to keep an eye on her. She's learned to skip ahead to the question section and then skim the text she is supposed to read for the parts that relate to the question in order to find the answers quickly. Luckily I caught on to her ways. I took the book away and then asked the questions. It was funny to hear her try and make up answers. Hopefully she's learned her lesson.


Kristen said...

That's not tricky--that's efficient! Tell her to remember that trick when she goes to college; it's the only way you can function with the workload. One of my profs used to say, "If you are reading the entire thing, you are wasting your time." :)

aola said...

I agree with Kristen. Seth and I do a lot of skimming in History seeing as how we both hate it. Sometimes we just go into teacher mode and read the correct answers so we will have at least read them because I know he won't remember them.
One of the most important things you can teach her is how to do research. I know Seth will never be one of those people who remember names and dates but he can sure as heck look them up in several different ways.

Sandra said...

I totally agree with this method when it comes to history and dates and all of those answers that we won't need every day, but this was a literature assignment. Do you think it defeats the purpose if she does that with leterature?

Unknown said...

I love history.
I love literature.
Reading, words, books.

Flashcards work well for assimilating data, but understanding a story takes time and concentration.

Hoolio Sayzarr would have agreed muy bueno....