Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Magic Rubber Bands
Behold the magic rubber bands.They look like normal rubber bands, don't they? I received these as a gift from The Good Spelling Witch who happens to live down the street from me.
Each child listened with mouths agape as I told the story of the magic rubber band. This rubber band is SO magic that it allows every one of us to write words. If you stretch the band slowly while saying the word you want to put on paper, you can hear many of the letter sounds. Wow!
For instance, I demonstrated MY rubber band by using it to write the word chocolate (which comes up quite a bit in my stories, go figure). I could write C H A K L A T on the board. Owen wanted to spell Jurassic today – with the rubber band, we could work out J R A S I K.
We will work on the conventions of spelling too. But right now, we are breaking through the walls that say “I can’t write. I don’t know how.” Everyone can write. Everyone WILL write. And it will be amazing!