If you’re still reading this having started back in early April – well done! If you’ve only just dropped into the site – welcome, and I hope you enjoy some of the activities in these blogs.
As we’re at Post Number 25, I thought it would be a good time to look back at what you can have achieved if you’ve followed the posts so far. With the exception of No. 1 – listing where you got to before the schools closed because of Covid19 restrictions – none of the activities is finite, of course (that is, it doesn’t have a definite end), so you can return to them, or start them anew, at any time.
We’ve been looking at Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening – as the name of this site suggests. There have also been suggestions for Thinking about particular things, however, and in some ways Thinking is inseparable from the communication activities of Reading, Writing, Talking and Listening.
Thinking activities are in Posts 1 (see above), 4 (Why should I do schoolwork when my exams have been cancelled?), 10 (Remind me again: why are we doing this? which is about the importance of communication in people’s lives) and 21 (The Power of “Why?”). All of these are thoughts worth holding in your mind, and acting upon.
Reading has featured in the largest number of posts so far – 10 out of 24. Some of the reading activities are basic – but very effective (Posts 5 and 6); 11 is intermediate; 15, 16 and 17 – on poetry, rhyme and rhythm – are more sophisticated; and some are just fun (I hope) – 18 on Puns, 19 on Homophones (Eye Tolled Ewe Sew) and 23 on Limericks. Post 22 shares with you some quotations from people who are thoroughly convinced of the power and importance of reading books, and I hope you found those inspiring or at least encouraging.
Writing activities are in Posts 1, 2, 8, 13 and 24. If you try what’s in these, you’ll have covered a considerable range of writing activities.
Of course there is overlap amongst the four methods of communication – reading, writing, talking and listening – in most activities. You might well have been writing in Activity 9, for example, which is mainly about how you look when you speak. And in the word game of Post 20, you have to read the words before you can start trying to describe them to your partner.
Talking and listening almost always occur together, and so it is in activities 3, 7, 12 and 14, as well as 9 and 20 (above). The activities 16, 17 and 19, which I mentioned under Reading, are also about speaking and listening – rhythm, rhyme and words that look different but actually sound the same.
Remember that words are immensely powerful, and that how you use them – and understand them – can give YOU power in the world. They give you power to impress people, to influence people, to help people, to learn from others and to pass on what you have learnt and what you think is important. Keep practising!