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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Alabama Kids Learn Geeneolajee

From The Huntsville (Ala.) Times:

Library project grows 'trees'

Monday, September 12, 2005

By KARI HAWKINS
For The Times karihawk@knology.net

First-grader Sarah Reed wasn't sure how to spell "Huntsville."

Hunkered down over her paper in the library at Holy Spirit Regional School, Sarah was going to write about her family, but she first had to start by writing about herself and where she was born.

It didn't matter if the students didn't know how to spell city names or descriptions, librarian Kay McDaniels assured Sarah and her classmates.

Start with the letter H, she said, and "from there, you are going to guess how to spell 'Huntsville.' Then, we are going to look in the atlas to see if we spelled it right."

Freed from the worry of spelling their words correctly, the students began to enjoy writing down names and words associated with their families. Their papers covered with misspelled words and drawings were the beginning of a family tree project they were putting together for Holy Spirit's Grandparent's Day celebration.

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