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September 17th, 2012, 01:31 PM
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I realized today that my seven year old "gifted" child has no idea what a noun or verb is, and can't even pronounce the word "adjective." I know good and well that my entire class learned that when I was in the first grade. It just baffles me that the public schools are pushing more and more for universal preschool, full day kindergarten, higher standards, and so on. And yet they can't even pull off the basic material that we all learned 20 years ago. I'm so glad I can catch them up at home this year! The plan is currently to return them to school once we move to a better district, but now I'm not sure I even want to.
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September 17th, 2012, 01:50 PM
Butter's Avatar Heather the Mama Duk
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Many schools never teach the names of the parts of speech. Sad.

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September 17th, 2012, 02:10 PM
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I do remember the "kid writing" and "kid spelling" from my student teaching days. The idea was to get the kids writing and expressing their thoughts, without worrying about proper grammar. It was okay for kindergarten, but I'd really like to see them start learning the parts of speech by first and second grade. Beth is an incredible reader, but I feel like her writing is really being held back by not having these building blocks to writing decent sentences. I can't wait to see how far they come this year. They really did well with their first English lessons today.
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September 17th, 2012, 05:01 PM
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I remember learning nouns & verbs in 1st grade! We played a very primitive computer game (early 80's), and it was SO much fun! I don't specifically remember learning the other parts of speech, but I don't remember "not" knowing them. Oh! And I remember moving to a new district in 5th grade, and I was the only one in class who could name all the "be" verbs. It was pathetic then, and more so now!

... a funny side note: When Ben says the "be" verbs, he purposely chants them as, "(softly) am, is, are, (loudly) WAS!, WERE!, (giggling) Bees, beating, Ben!" LOL!!
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September 18th, 2012, 06:19 PM
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I remember when I was in a writing class in college, there were people who didn't know the parts of speech. I was amazed. I don't remember learning it till second grade, but certainly these people should have studied it before college!
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