24 March 2014 — (Live) Literacy revisited, plus “The Dot”









This week’s program captures our monthly “Fourth Sunday” gathering, where we learned about literacy (especially for the youngest children as they first learn to read) and empowerment (using “The Dot,” by Peter H. Reynolds, to expand both the love of reading and also the power of self-expression.

First, President Sara Vasquez taught us about basic literacy; then Immediate Past President Mel Powell (at the suggestion of our Club’s friend Debbie Navarro of REACH OUT AND READ – LOS ANGELES) read “The Dot” to us and used it to kick off a brainstorming session about literacy projects for our Club to pursue.


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CAN YOU READ THE FOLLOWING PARAGRAPH?  This is what President Sara shared with us.

Take a look at this paragraph. Can you read what it says? All the letters have been jumbled (mixed). Only the first and last letter of ecah word is in the right place:

I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghhuot slelinpg was ipmorantt! See if yuor fdreins can raed tihs too.

WEBSITE REFERENCE FROM BRAINSTORM: http://www.teachingchannel.org


HERE ARE OUR DOTS! (Look closely, they didn’t scan all that clearly but are works of art!)

CCI00000 CCI00001 CCI00002 CCI00003 CCI00006 CCI00008 CCI00009





















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1 response to 24 March 2014 — (Live) Literacy revisited, plus “The Dot”

  1. I love everyone’s creativity – didn’t know the dot can take so many different shapes!!!

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