Weekly writing challenge:A Lost Art

Tell us about a lost art: one that you know ,one that you miss, or one that should be lost for good.

In my first year of teaching I found among other books in language arts, they also  had a   speller. It had around thirty lessons, in each lesson there were twenty  words the kids had to learn how to spell , every Friday they were given a spelling test, most kids spelled all of them correctly, there were a few who did not.

Besides the spelling words there were words that sounded the same but the meaning was different e.g there,their, they’re; to,too,two, by,buy,bye and many others. There were sentences with fill in the blanks for kids, they had the similar sounding words, they were asked to fill in the right word.

There were words where the root words were given the children were required to add ed or ing to the root word.

The kids were encouraged to write stories or poems using the words they learned that week.

The book had everything which helped the kids to learn about capital letters ,periods,and so on.

I felt it was a wonderful way of encouraging the kids to write.

These spellers were used for kids from grades one to eight, they were numbered from book one to eight. The parents complained their child was having trouble learning to spell twenty words each week.

I thought learning  to spell twenty words in one week was not that much of a challenge, yet there were parents who constantly complained.

The Department of Education suddenly decided to take away the spellers from the course, this hasty decision back fired because the kids coming up the grades could not spell even the simple words.

I felt it was a wrong decision made by the school board and the department of education.

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DP Daily Prompt: Singular Sensation

A few months ago I was fortunate to know her. She was positive. She wrote my translations of Tagore’s poems and songs were good. She was fortunate to understand some of the poems and songs written by him.

I was going through a period when I felt I wasn’t getting enough readers and that I was wasting my time.  She encouraged me and told me to read other blogs, to make myself known to different bloggers. I do that nowadays. I am thankful to her,she was genuinely interested.

There are other bloggers who regularly visit and leave their comment. I am grateful to them too.

I’d like to thank them for reading my posts . It is encouraging to read their comments.

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DP Daily Prompt: Silver Linings Post by Ranu

Sir Muhammad Iqbal

Sir Muhammad Iqbal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are quite a few things happened in my life,which I can  say are ugly or distasteful .I find solace in thinking,maybe something good will come out of it.

I spent days and months watching hideous shows.I did not learn anything from them,I only wondered why do they waste their time creating something that is teaching nothing good but everything ugly and repulsive.All these I watched on YouTube. Suddenly I saw an actor, singing a song,I loved the tune,I continued to watch it. I wanted to know who he was, I read about him and my interest in this person, led me to another famous personality,his name is Allama Mohammad Iqbal, I was able to get all the information about him through the internet. It is a tool where  you can get a lot of good and bad things.It depends on our preference. I took online courses offered through Iqbal Academy.I was delighted I was learning something useful. My time was used wisely.

I no longer watch shows to pass my time. I am actually gaining knowledge I didn’t have. From online courses I added blogging in my list.I’m having a whale of a time.I read posts by other bloggers,I get recipes posted by them,gorgeous photographs by bloggers and a whole bunch of things.Everyday I learn something new from WordPress and from bloggers. I can definitely see the silver linings now more than ever. The encouraging comments from bloggers  helps  me to keep on writing.