WEEKLY ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGE - INSIGHTS
In the essay “Nigger: the meaning of a word” Gloria Naylor discusses the essence of a word and how it can mean different things to different people in a myriad of situations.
Does Rebirth Make Sense? - Access to Insight
A brief overview: The child is taught the sounds and symbols of a few written characters ( aksharas) at a time. She then learns to combine them to make her own words, which can be in their own home languages. Pre-determined word lists are not used. Instead each child is required to actively combine aksahras to construct their own words. Next the child is encouraged to visualise the meanings of the newly constructed words through drawing. This process is considered important. Words are then combined to form sentences. The words available within a varna samooha have also been used to make small poems.
Why is it easy for some people to learn to read, and difficult for others? It’s a tough question with a long history. We know that it’s not just about raw intelligence, nor is it wholly about repetition and dogged persistence. We also know that there are some conditions that, effort aside, can hold a child back. Socioeconomic status, for instance, has been to reading achievement. And, regardless of background, children with lower general verbal ability and those who have with phonetic processing seem to struggle. But what underlies those differences? How do we learn to translate abstract symbols into meaningful sounds in the first place, and why are some children better at it than others?