One day while skipping around the internet, I came across these:
And when I clicked on the sample, I knew we had to change spelling curriculums. Again. Goodbye Spelling Power and MacMillan and Sequential Spelling! We've found our true love.
The problem with the afore mentioned curricula is sheer boredom. Memorizing lists of words is mind numbing and as my children don't like their school work to lull them to sleep, they often push spelling to the side in favor of more exciting lessons.
When I found Spelling Wisdom, I realized what has been missing: an idea, something to engage the mind so that learning the difference between than and then occurs almost incidentally.
Sandra Shaffer uses the writings of famous men and women (Helen Keller, Beethoven, Winston Churchill...), Bible passages and quotes from quality literature...poems and novels (Robinson Crusoe, The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, All the World's a Stage...) to teach more than six thousand frequently used word…
All of the people in all of these photos are family. Lots and lots of family. Not everyone is represented in these pictures but what's here will give you a good idea of what Thanksgiving week looked like. We were so busy with visiting and crowd control that we never thought to capture a photo of the whole group.
Kindred spirits, Anne would call them. Two who complete each other, two who are better...best together, soul mates one cannot imagine apart. I can count the kindred marriages I know on a couple of fingers and after last week, that count is down by one.
"You look so happy," Dave says as Stuart and I stand awkward and wordless before him. I bend down to wrap my arms around him and wonder, Where is the good in this? Where? A week before we bumped into Dave and his wife, Deb, down at the Famous Brands. Deb glowed with good health and good news and for the remainder of the day we basked in the unexpected good fortune of meeting these old friends. And now there is Dave minus Deb. How can this be? "It is one of the mysteries of our nature that a man, all unprepared, can receive a thunder-stroke like that and live." Mark Twain's Own Autobiography
"You look so happy." We do not look happy but somehow this remark makes sense because Dave has loved with …