Let’s read, write and spell with Schuyler: readilearn

I don’t normally post twice a week, but this post is really an addendum to the previous post What’s in a name? Teaching phonics, syllabification and more! so I decided to break with tradition and share it.

For the inspiration for this post and the resource it describes, I must thank Pamela Wight, who featured in the author interview last month.

In commenting on the What’s in a name? post, Pamela mentioned the awkwardness of singing and spelling her grandson’s name – Schuyler, a name with which I was unfamiliar. I joked to Pamela that I’d thought of recording a few names, innovating on the tune of BINGO, to show how “easy” it might be. Pamela suggested I should, even though I explained that my singing voice is anything but, and she told me the pronunciation for Schuyler: Skylar. Well, I couldn’t help myself. My head started racing with ideas of incorporating Schuyler’s name into reading and writing lessons teaching phonics and spelling skills. The result is the resource Let’s read, write and spell with Schuyler,

and the recording.

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6 thoughts on “Let’s read, write and spell with Schuyler: readilearn

  1. Patricia Tilton

    Very clever ideas and activities for kids. I know a cute little girl named Schuyler — except her name is spelled Skylar. I feel for kids who have challenging names, like my great grandson Rhys (Reese) the Irish spelling. But, you make it fun and interesting.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Skylar is quite a lovely name, isn’t it. I don’t think I’ve met either a Skylar or a Schuyler. It was funny in my family. By the time the ninth came along, Mum and Dad must have been running out of names. They called the baby Stanislaus Abraham – quite a mouthful. When the tenth came along, they called him Neil Owen. Guess which one learned to spell his name more quickly! Stanislaus soon became Stan. 🙂
      I have taught a Rhys. I think the only Reese I am aware of is Reese Witherspoon. I have taught a lot of Asian students and students from the Pacific Islands. It is great to have such a variety of names to draw upon. It does make it fun and interesting. Thank you for your lovely comment, Patricia.

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    1. Norah Post author

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Pauline. I am thrilled to receive such a compliment from you, an (ex) educator whose philosophy I admire. I was doing this when you had little ones, but the internet didn’t exist then – I couldn’t share it with the world! 🙂

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