I'm a word person. I still remember the first day of first grade when our teacher wrote a word on the blackboard, named the word, and said "everything we say has a written word connected to it. When you learn to read, you will learn these words." I wanted to learn to read everything immediately. Although I had been raised in a reading household and I had many memories of being read to, I had absolutely not connected the dots in my brain about what reading was all about. When Mrs. Smart made that statement that day, the teachable moment exploded in my brain and I wanted to know all the words. I can remember the first word I sounded out, it was 'Sunday'. I remember seeing her with an impressed look on her face as I did it. Later when I was in college I learned that I was probably what they called a "natural born reader". Phonics made sense, but didn't make sense if I tried to break it down and apply it, I just knew how to use phonics. If I had been born in the days of Sesame Street, I would have been reading the Reader's Digest too, like our youngest child when he started school. Anyway, one of my favorite things is quotes. I am always using a quote in real life to make a special point.
"Attitude is your thought life turned inside out." Joyce Meyer
"The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it." John Ruskin
"Life is always movement, always change, always unforeseen circumstances. So stop waiting for life to become calm and start working with what you've got to make it as satisfying as you can." Sarah Breathnach
"Lord, may I be a thermostat instead of a thermometer." unknown
"While we are postponing, life speeds by." Seneca 3 B.C. - 65 A. D.
"Man is broken, he lives by mending. The grace of God is the glue." unknown
"Our greatest battles are that with our own minds." Jameson Frank
"The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing." John Powell