Wednesday, April 8, 2009

"My Favorite Author" by Katya and Talking Beans!

Katya made this project for school about J.K. Rowling. She wrote it all on her own without any help from us. She also did an in-class report about my and Chris's favorite authors when we were kids (Laura Ingalls Wilder/C.S. Lewis), but I don't have a copy of that. 

Interestingly enough, while helping her to research those authors on the internet, we learned that we're related to Laura Ingalls Wilder! The same relative on my mom's side who connected us to Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a close relative of Charles! PRETTY COOL, huh?

This picture on her project was taken at the release party for book five in 2005... We had SO much fun!

Katya's handwriting is so much better in Russian than in English -- neat, small, balanced... At some point I guess it will even out in both! 

If you can stop laughing long enough, see what I mean about the disparity between the two?


Tami said...

I see, I see...ha ha snort! :)

The Expatresse said...

I homeschooled my oldest for a year (second grade), and, try as I might, I could NOT get her handwriting into anything legible or consistent.

Once she set foot in the French school system: BAM! Gorgeous, European handwriting.

I don't know how they did it, but both my kids write beautifully. In French.

English . . . no amount of Zaner-Bloser worked.

Annie said...

I have ALWAYS wondered how they teach handwriting in Europe and Russia because European and Russian people seem to have gorgeous handwriting FOR LIFE. Both Sergei and Ilya arrived with beautiful Russian handwriting but their English handwriting is abysmal.

One thing I noticed in Russia are the copybooks with the slant lines. When I studied calligraphy we used slant lines, too. When I taught second grade (prior to going to Russia) the calligraphy experience prompted me to make my own practice notebooks for my students with light slantlines under it. I think they had lovely writing. I also emphasized handwriting a bit. I'd give the handwriting presentation, then let them do practice while I read aloud. So, they all loved handwriting time. And, though some would argue that handwriting is not so important now that we use computers, I still think legible writing is important,and the practice helps build the fine motor skills, in any case.

It is amusing how you always emphasize that your girls did this BY THEMSELVES. I am curious - is this typical in their schools, or not? When my children were in the public school, it seemed like the children did their own work more than in the Catholic school they are in now. Now, if they did their own projects they'd stand out, just as if there were a neon light flashing above their work: BAD PARENTING HERE! The year Aidan was at our parish school, he did his Indian dwelling with lego blocks (and I SWEAR this was one of the suggestions on the assignment sheet!) but when all the completed projects were displayed in the hallway, there was his lego long house, next to twenty other efforts that appeared to be the final projects for the museum display class at MSU. I was mortified. I wanted to write a note to put next to it: "I OFFERED to help him!!!"

Rachael said...

Her Russian writing is gorgeous! Very impressive.

The English note? Hilarious.

Tina in CT said...

I second what Rachel wrote.

I can't wait to see it in person.

Sheryl said...

Do people believe you when you tell them about your kinship to these famous people? My husband is pretty closely related to Elvis Presley. No one ever believes him. I didn't until I saw grave markers with the family name of Elvis' mother.

Anonymous said...

I love being a bean!
It is just a difference in approach to teaching writing. If they still use the old Russian technique - it is very deliberate and mechanical, but it works. I have naturally horrible handwriting, it changes every few years ( and only to worse), but I can still concentrate, hold the pen correctly, and produce dissent handwriting at a will.
Did Katya read the Harry Potter books all by herself?
I love them and read them many times.
Glad to hear that she loved them too.

Anonymous said...

you are right about slanted lines. When I was a child, we had a several steps to go through.
First we used pencils, and the lines were horizontal and vertical (I do not remember exactly, but they were double lines in both directions). Those who succeeded were allowed to use a pen (old fashioned one, used only for calligraphy in US). I was the last kid in my class (of 45 ) to use the pen. The lines remained, and we had to make lines thicker and thinner in certain places, like in calligraphy (which nearly killed me). Than the lines slowly start to disappear, and we ended up writing between 2 lines, I think by 4th grade.
I am 58 years old now, so the process started about 50 years ago, and it is still vivid in my memory.
As Alice in Wonderland likes to say -"What is the moral of this story"?
I am not sure.

Carey and Norman said...

Wow...her Russian looks like an adult's handwriting. Very pretty.

Carey and Norman said...

P.S. Love the Potter picture.

Bethy{aka}lilsis said...
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Bethy{aka}lilsis said...

I've seen dutch handwriting and it wasn't very attractive lol.
Must be America's twin if everyone else's is so pretty :-)

garnet said...

I'm impressed and wish my daughter would be. Her handwriting is absolutely horrible. Sloppy as can be. She just does *not* care. Oddly, though, her cursive, which she is still learning, generally isn't too bad. Not perfect, but passable. I just wish she would take pride in her writing. I'm scared for life as a teacher and keep telling her it is simply pure respect to learn to write so that others can read what she has to say.