I've come to the conclusion I would have been a lousy school teacher.
o, the kids would loooooove me.
but the administration would hate me.
I believe in the "whole language" approach. I believe kids should be encouraged to read and write simultaneously; that what is mos' important is understanding; and I thoroughly despise "phonics", "phonetics", and any other approach that is more reliant on memorizing or "sounding out" words.
why do I bring this up? because my nieces, 11 and 9 years old, are having an absolute blast with teh LOLCat builder aka "Cheezburger factory" over at ICHC. teh nieces delight in wordplay and puns (not at Aubrey's level, but give them time); and their favorite card game is Apples to Apples, which we play with made-up and absurd rules to gales of laughter. I truly believe that having fun will keep them in love with language, reading, and writing throughout their lives and I can't think of anything better.
here's a few of their LOLCats. if you ever see them at the vote page in ICHC , vote for them mmmmmk?