Skip to comments.Curse you, "Sing, Spell, Read, & Write!"
Posted on 10/28/2011 1:00:37 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
OUTSTANDING (& FUNNY) POST FROM BLOG YOU MIGHT NOT RUN INTO:: ----------
Curse you, "Sing, Spell, Read, & Write!"
I've had a revelation. It dawned on me exactly when I lost control around here. It was when I taught my kids to read.
See, it doesn't take long, once a kid can read, that he gets twice as smart as his parents. One day he's working his way through The Cat In The Hat, and a week later, he's making subversive messages with those plastic letter refrigerator magnets: "DOWN WITH OPPRESSIVE BEDTIMES! STOP THE TYRANNY!"
And then they learn to spell, and from that point it all goes to hell in a handbasket. No more can you say to Hubster over your dinner of Beanie Weenies, "Tomorrow's agenda includes a f-i-e-l-d t-r-i-p," because your five-year-old will pipe up, "Well, I hope it's not to the dumb ol' zoo, 'cause I really would rather go to the jet propulsion laboratory. I have an idea for an experiment I'd like to discuss with the engineers." So you're left sitting there, dumbstruck, thinking that maybe you've been right all along - Beanie Weenies really do aid in brain development. But you look over at Hubster and he's still mentally working on "f-i-e-l-d..." and you realize it's not the Beanie Weenies that created this scary, midget brainiac, it's books.
And don't think for one minute that you can avoid the same consequences with the younger children. Oh no. The older ones will teach the babies the communist power of books, and at that point, your reign as Sovereign Parent is o-ver like last year's American Idol.
Pretty soon you'll be getting notes written with blue crayon that say, "No more tuna casserole. For both ethical and health reasons, I have become a vegan. Research findings available upon request."
In summary, I have only myself to blame. I'm the one that encouraged their reading habit. But for some of you younger mothers, it's not too late. All you have to do is enroll your kindergartener in public school. I have it on good authority that most of the kids coming out of our public schools can't read their way out of a tin can labeled "b-e-a-n-i-e w-e-e-n-i-e-s."
Blogger is woman in Texas, otherwise anonymous....She obviously likes Sing, Spell, Read & Write, a program that many speak highly of....For list of dozen outstanding phonics programs, see "42: Reading Resources" on Improve-Education.org (www.improve-education.org/id65.html)
She is apparently a Meth user as well.
LOL. She’s funny.
We used “Sing, Spell...” when homeschooling.
I made some extra money by using it for pre-school kids who eventually went to public school...
since they knew how to read BEFORE starting...they ended up doing gifted track and doing just fine.
Parents who feel compelled to use the public schools should at least make sure their kids can read before sending them.
(Fat chance they will learn from school.)