Just thinking ...

Sable samovar
1/16/2009 4:13:39 PM by: Elsi

Elk Creek Elementary School's oral spelling bee was yesterday. I drove down there (it's about an hour south of here, in the foothills), starting in fog but ending in bright sunshine. We began with children from all grade levels, working through phonetically regular words. But before long we'd moved into words from the Dutch (rabbit, caboose, furlough) and Spanish (vigilante, filibuster). By the end, words from Slavic languages winnowed the crowd down to three, then two finalists. A well-fought contest ... an excellent morning! Is this necessary? people ask me. Does spelling matter anymore, what with spellcheck available and all? Oh, let me tell you! I've been reading a series of fantasy books (you'll pardon my not mentioning the title or author), and asked the author's permission to proofread his next manuscript before it goes to print. Using spellcheck, he has managed to find every wrong choice of homonyms, plus some unique errors to boot. In isolation, they're funny; in context, they do a good job of hiding what is an excellent story. Example: The soldiers are wearing amour as they fight with furry. They become tired from the excursion and shutter with fear. (Translation: The soldiers are wearing armor as they fight with fury. They become tired from the exertion and shudder with fear.) Yes, Virginia ... spelling matters!



 

Posts

on marshmallows
8/29/2012 1:07:58 PM  by: Elsi

just when you thought it was safe to get out of the water …
8/19/2012 11:17:16 PM  by: Elsi

My friend Shannie
7/17/2012 4:59:13 PM  by: Elsi

fun at Safeway
7/16/2012 10:56:05 AM  by: Elsi

Maurita is 90? Goodness!
7/5/2012 5:53:58 PM  by: Elsi

Beware!
6/20/2012 4:50:19 PM  by: Elsi

Life Lessons from Dads
5/30/2012 6:43:36 PM  by: Elsi

“Stars and Stripes Forever”
5/27/2012 10:26:41 AM  by: Elsi

My yard …
4/17/2012 3:05:00 PM  by: Elsi

Elk Creek’s Spelling Bee
1/27/2012 5:29:04 PM  by: Elsi

Snow
12/3/2011 7:16:30 PM  by: Elsi

Ho ho ho!
11/24/2011 3:57:39 PM  by: Elsi

busy … busy … busy …
11/23/2011 9:51:50 AM  by: Elsi

Student advocacy …
11/12/2011 8:31:07 PM  by: Elsi

Small world!
10/18/2011 3:41:24 PM  by: Elsi

July 1st
7/1/2011 12:00:01 AM  by: Elsi

fretting …
6/24/2011 4:52:00 PM  by: Elsi

my new plants
6/9/2011 6:39:09 PM  by: Elsi

“The Lord planted a garden …”
6/5/2011 3:59:21 PM  by: Elsi

Worms
5/20/2011 5:40:45 AM  by: Elsi

hideously horrible, absolutely wonderful writing conference!
5/16/2011 6:58:01 PM  by: Elsi

Me and the Beatles?
4/16/2011 8:15:13 PM  by: Elsi

April 14 snowstorm
4/14/2011 5:24:55 PM  by: Elsi

of Apples and support services
12/11/2010 5:45:51 PM  by: Elsi

Peak-to-Peak’s Christmas concert
12/7/2010 6:04:36 AM  by: Elsi

Let there be lights
11/26/2010 6:49:56 PM  by: Elsi

Mrs. Miniver
7/16/2010 7:58:40 PM  by: Elsi

fireworks—soggy, glorious!
7/4/2010 9:04:15 PM  by: Elsi

An island, just for me?
6/16/2010 3:01:48 PM  by: Elsi

Contemporvant
5/31/2010 8:14:05 PM  by: Elsi

Trip reading
5/29/2010 6:01:15 AM  by: Elsi

May!
5/1/2010 7:06:23 AM  by: Elsi

Flamingo in a snowbank
4/11/2010 7:17:38 AM  by: Elsi

An abundant week, part 3
4/4/2010 7:37:29 AM  by: Elsi

An abundant week, part 1
4/3/2010 7:17:25 PM  by: Elsi

Girl Scout cookie time
2/16/2010 7:58:53 PM  by: Elsi

Crash Blossoms
2/10/2010 6:32:55 PM  by: Elsi

Low mood …
1/20/2010 8:57:28 PM  by: Elsi

Bee sentences
1/14/2010 6:46:30 PM  by: Elsi

Jesus-is-born scenario
12/14/2009 7:44:20 PM  by: Elsi

Habit
12/4/2009 10:13:02 AM  by: Elsi

After Thanksgiving dessert
11/14/2009 10:02:44 PM  by: Elsi

11.11.11
11/11/2009 7:53:04 PM  by: Elsi

New dawn?
11/8/2009 8:21:09 AM  by: Elsi

Snail mail
11/5/2009 7:27:14 AM  by: Elsi

Tardiness
10/12/2009 6:28:23 PM  by: Elsi

Oh, yawn!
10/8/2009 12:20:37 PM  by: Elsi

Technology
10/5/2009 6:22:28 AM  by: Elsi

Weather
10/1/2009 7:19:33 PM  by: Elsi

Organization?
9/25/2009 4:12:09 PM  by: Elsi

Memory lane?
9/11/2009 2:44:46 PM  by: Elsi

Techno-speak for the elderly
8/27/2009 9:31:46 AM  by: Elsi

“Where Go the Boats?”
7/21/2009 7:49:13 PM  by: Elsi

Jumble ®
7/11/2009 6:10:36 AM  by: Elsi

Fireworks in Westminster
7/4/2009 9:21:00 PM  by: Elsi

Solution
6/28/2009 7:13:07 AM  by: Elsi

“Up” from Disney/Pixar
6/14/2009 7:52:18 PM  by: Elsi

Summer in Colorado
6/9/2009 3:39:00 PM  by: Elsi

June!
6/1/2009 7:43:54 AM  by: Elsi

“Grand re-opening”
5/27/2009 6:18:40 AM  by: Elsi

Flag waving
5/25/2009 6:10:50 AM  by: Elsi

CU Graduation
5/7/2009 8:09:26 PM  by: Elsi

Snowstorm on my mind
4/17/2009 9:16:54 PM  by: Elsi

Cat at Red Lobster
4/16/2009 9:08:22 PM  by: Elsi

Cheers for FedEx!
4/11/2009 6:40:07 AM  by: Elsi

Name game
4/6/2009 6:40:20 AM  by: Elsi

New leaders
1/20/2009 5:30:14 PM  by: Elsi

Sable samovar
1/16/2009 4:13:39 PM  by: Elsi

Magformers ™
1/3/2009 8:42:41 PM  by: Elsi

“Boy in the Striped Pajamas”
11/21/2008 4:43:45 PM  by: Elsi

Visiting author
10/30/2008 6:37:25 PM  by: Elsi

Dizzy dame
10/27/2008 4:24:32 PM  by: Elsi

Recess?
10/16/2008 7:24:26 PM  by: Elsi

A mossy stone?
10/10/2008 4:27:49 PM  by: Elsi

October 4, 1957
10/4/2008 6:35:38 AM  by: Elsi

Autumn
9/23/2008 8:20:56 PM  by: Elsi

A hint of fall in the air
9/6/2008 6:10:09 AM  by: Elsi

What a day!
8/15/2008 8:34:44 PM  by: Elsi

Home!
8/8/2008 8:32:59 PM  by: Elsi

Cirque de Soleil
7/17/2008 12:34:30 AM  by: Elsi

“Gave proof through the night”
7/5/2008 6:10:07 AM  by: Elsi

EN-ER-giz-ing …
6/8/2008 5:45:00 PM  by: Elsi

Pretend friend
5/14/2008 5:36:08 PM  by: Elsi

Cockroach letter
3/8/2008 3:04:46 PM  by: Elsi

Sunday
2/17/2008 8:10:58 PM  by: Elsi

Oral Spelling Bee
1/15/2008 2:39:15 PM  by: Elsi

9 ladies dancing …
1/3/2008 7:29:23 PM  by: Elsi

Registered trademark
1/2/2008 8:45:21 PM  by: Elsi

Meme?
12/30/2007 7:24:13 PM  by: Elsi

Christmas carol basics
12/21/2007 8:30:26 AM  by: Elsi

Snowed in (sort of)
12/11/2007 5:55:11 PM  by: Elsi

Lights
12/5/2007 6:15:57 PM  by: Elsi

Just moosin’ around …
12/4/2007 7:08:03 PM  by: Elsi

Spelling Bee screener
12/3/2007 8:01:32 PM  by: Elsi

Brigadoon?
12/1/2007 2:42:21 PM  by: Elsi

Not till after dessert …
11/15/2007 7:15:49 PM  by: Elsi

November …
11/1/2007 7:22:57 PM  by: Elsi

“Life” by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1922
10/31/2007 4:57:31 PM  by: Elsi

A bookish day
10/30/2007 8:08:19 PM  by: Elsi

Charles Martin’s books
10/15/2007 8:14:22 PM  by: Elsi

“children of all ages”
10/14/2007 6:44:17 PM  by: Elsi

CU Band Day
10/6/2007 8:12:07 PM  by: Elsi

Fall into Reading update
10/2/2007 8:38:13 PM  by: Elsi

First full day of fall
9/24/2007 6:56:30 PM  by: Elsi

Fall into Reading
9/23/2007 8:23:10 PM  by: Elsi

Unnecessary quotation marks
9/22/2007 7:46:09 PM  by: Elsi

Busybusybusy day …
9/19/2007 7:30:10 PM  by: Elsi

The system …
9/8/2007 8:09:08 PM  by: Elsi

Celebratory mood!
8/27/2007 7:07:11 PM  by: Elsi

First day …
8/21/2007 6:21:04 PM  by: Elsi

Supper with friends
8/18/2007 8:06:35 PM  by: Elsi

Youthful exuberance?
8/17/2007 8:55:02 PM  by: Elsi

Kitty grass
8/15/2007 8:28:08 PM  by: Elsi

Sharp crayons, new spirals …
8/8/2007 7:54:57 PM  by: Elsi

Songs and choices
8/7/2007 8:33:24 PM  by: Elsi

Camp songs
8/6/2007 8:29:04 PM  by: Elsi




Login © 2018  RV Tourist  ◊  303 543.1120  ◊  [email protected] Developed By SKWD