Thursday, July 10, 2008
Do You Remember Dick, Jane and Sally?
Did you learn to read from the a little Scott Foresman primer that had three main characters who were all white and all middle class and all in town dwellers? I did in first grade. And I thought they were so cute and so adorable and so lucky to live in town instead of on a dairy farm. And my favorite one was Baby Sally! Here are some lines that I still remember:
See Sally and Jane play.
See Jane look.
See Dick run and run and run.
Well, here's today's reading lesson.
See Joann garden.
See Jack mow.
See Joann look.
See Joann go.
Now see Jack run and run and run.
Comprehension question for this lesson. Why is Jack running? Because Jack has a little house rule. Joann, if you plant your flowers to close to the edge of the flowerbeds they will get mowed down when I mow and because Joann has a hard time following this rule when she has so little space and so many flowers to grow in a row. So Jack is mowing and Joann is going and if some flowers get clipped today, Jack will also be running and running away from Joann.
Reading lesson is now over. You can go outside kids and look at the Madonna lilies that grow up to six feet tall. Oh, and do lean in and take a wiff of that bottom lily blossom. That aroma is intense like very strong cheap perfume. Now don't get too close or you'll come away looking like a bee with a leg full of pollen.