My local school district newsletter tells parents of first graders to "have your child practice printing their first name." This is very important advice.
Because my parents didn't know they were supposed to teach me to print my name, I botched first grade. Here's what happened. One rainy, late fall afternoon, my first grade teacher was reading Holiday
magazine. If you're too young to remember Holiday
, it was famous for its layouts, photography, writing, and general sophistication. We first grade students were correcting mistakes we'd made in our We Think and Do
exercises. They were, as I recall, sort of a black and white, nonfiction version of Fun With Dick and Jane
. I don't know what We Think and Do
exercises were supposed...