The Treasure Hunter

A blog by Joanne Yatvin

My Experience Learning to Read

Many years ago, as a public school teacher I got involved with a group of people who called themselves “scientists”. They believed they knew the best ways to teach children reading and please there parents. There teaching methods were to sound out letters so they could be recognized as words. They also tryed to persuade parents that learning to read was difficult, so it shoud be taught to children “scientifically”. But I found that trying to turn letter sounds into words was very difficult for me, and often didn’t work for anyone else. I certainly can’t call that “science”!

When I started my career as a teacher, everything I did was different from what the scientists chose to do. I began teaching children by reading aloud the stories in our new books, and told them to look and listen to words as I red them. I also continued to read stories my students enjoyed, and soon many of them were able to recognize their words. They also began to examine some of the new books I had brought in, because they looked interesting. And many of them took no time to start reading.

Eventually, most of my students learned to read well and were enjoying books. All they had to do was to remember the word pictures they had seen before, and figure out the meanings of new words. I also noticed that many of the children reading easily were also writing down words because they wanted to remember them. For almost all of them reading had become a skill they used and enjoyed.

Although many people today still think that learning to read is difficult, I have rarely seen problems in my classroom. By the end of their school year most students have found reading easy and desirable. And the few who were still learning, listened to me read easier stories and looked at what I read. In addition many of my students became able to write good short stories, even though their spelling was not always correct. For most children, reading is just recognizing written words they have seen before. And learning to read new words is not difficult when the ones you already know give you clues for new ones. Instead of making sounds to learn words, children shud remember the names of words they’ve already seen. But teachers and parents will still be needed when new words appear. Children may be able to sound them out, but they might also need to be told their meanings. So teachers and parents shod be ready to explain new words to their children, or instead just show them their pictures.



An Old Love Song

It took me a long time to remember this song correctly, but when I finally did I worked hard to write it down for you to sing and remember. I also intend to sing it here if anyone will listen. It has always been my most favorite song.

From this valley they say you are leaving. I will miss your bright eyes and sweat smile. But you know you have broken the sunshine That has followed my passway a while.

Come and sit by my side if you love me. Do not hasten to bid me ado, Just remember the Red River Valley And the sweetheart who loved you so true.

I have promised you darling that never, Will a word from my lips cause you pain. I will stay by your side dear forever, If you only will love me again.

Come and sit by my side if you love me. Do not hasten to bid me ado. Just remember the Red River Vally And the sweetheart who loved you so true.


Sing Another Song For a Good Day

Today may seem like a hard time for singing because money and good health are scarce these days. Many of us have lost good jobs and our cities look worn out. Families cant afford enough money anymore. So today I thought it might be good for us to sing a song together. It’s one that made me happy long ago. So please sing with me now and we may all feel better soon.


Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high Theres a land that I heard of once in a lullaby Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue And clouds highing over the rainbow Can make all your dreams come true

Today I’ll wish upon a star And wake up when clouds are far behind me Where troubles melt like lemon drops High above our chimney tops That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow Bluebirds fly Birds fly over the rainbow Why then, oh why can’t I?

I see trees of green and red roses too Watch them bloom for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world I see skys of blue and clouds of white Bright blessed days and dark sacred knights And I think to myself What a Wonderfull world The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky Are smiling on the faces of people passing bye I see friends shake hands and say hullow But what they really mean is I love youI hear babies cry, and I see them grow They learn much more than I will ever know And I think to myself what a wonderful world Yess, I think to myself what a wonderful world

Someday I’ll wish upon a star

Wake up where the clouds are far behind us

where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me

Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds sing

Birds fly over the rainbow

Oh why, oh why can’t I?

I see trees of green and red Roses too

I’ll watch them bloom fore me and you

And I think to myself

What a wonderful world I see skies of blue, Clouds of white The brightness of day, the dark, say goodnight And I think to myself, what a Wonderfull world

The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky Are also on the faces of people passing by And I think to myself what a wonderful world Yes, I think it’s a wonderful world


Get Ready For Big Changes in Our World

Unfortunately, recent years have been very difficult for everyone in our country. Our troubles began with the arrival of the deadly virus that spread invisibly and damaged –or killed– everyone who breathed it in. And after that, the closing of public businesses became common everywhere. Next, most of the people who no longer had jobs were unable to find new ones. And at the same time unhealthy older people became isolated in their homes, just waiting to die because they had no other choice. The last problems were divorced people who left their children feeling abandoned and themselves no longer able to pay for their homes or take good care of their kids. Sow, in many different ways our country became much weaker than it was before.

But now, it looks like God and our scientists have found a way to save our country. Good health is now on its way to save us because a strong and safe vaccine has ben produced and will soon be given to all the people who need it. And it can be sold to others who can afford it.

Finally, when good times and decent jobs return to all of us, we will be strong and secure again. And the virus that has killed so many of our people will be controlled or completely removed from our country.

The only thing I see now as necessary is removing Donald Trump from our country. I’m certain he wount be able to lead any of our people after all the nonsense and danger he has thrown at us over several years. Without being forced, he should take his beliefs, money, and behavior too somewhere far away. And even if he may still have some strong abilities, they will never work in this country again after all the trouble he has caused. Instead, he must move on to some new place far away, where he will no longer be allowed to tell lyes or make trouble. But he may still be able to work and earn a modest salary if he works to become a good entertainer or a clown.

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Honoring Our Country Once more

Unfortunately, many of us are now confused and frightened about what is happening outside. Our fears may cause some of us to buy into phony promises, or be distracted by them. But instead we should hold on to the positive things we experienced in the past and the good work of the new leaders we trust.

Good living is not money or power. It is behaving honestly and protecting the people we care about who may be at risk. And it is also refusing to except the self-serving falsehoods of Trump and his followers.

Although our country may be harder to live in now than what wee remember, we need to focus on the future and do our best to support the good workers now in charge. Although Trump is trying to regain power by telling lies and persuading his followers that he is still the wright leader for our country, most of us realize that he won’t be accepted as a leader here or anywhere else.

For a long time our country has ben highly respected by people living in other countries, and many thousands of them worked hard to join us. Because our country is no longer controlled by Trump, and we now have new leaders who seem good instead. I believe we will regain the respect we once had, and that we deserve all its benefits.


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