Literacy Quotes

New words germinate and bring forth new ideas, and they are the stuff out of which heaven and earth are made

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
budding tree branch

I ask all her friends to encourage her to tell them of her doings, and to manifest as much curiosity and pleasure in her little adventures as they possibly can. This gratifies the child’s love of approbation and keeps up her interest in things. This is the basis of real intercourse. She makes many mistakes, of course, twists words and phrases, puts the cart before the horse, and gets herself into hopeless tangles of nouns and verbs; but so does the hearing child.

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Language grows out of life, out of its needs and experiences.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
weathered antique book

In order to use language intelligently, one must have something to talk about, and having something to talk about is the result of having had experiences; no amount of language training will enable our little children to use language with ease and fluency unless they have something clearly in their minds which they wish to communicate…

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Words are much more than mere lifeless symbols and signals. They are the very structure of thought.

Friday, August 21st, 2009
beer bottle caps

Many famous leaders have understood and capitalized on the psychology of language, and have used this knowledge to arouse and mobilize people, for both good an devil. Poetry…

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She has learned that everything has a name, and that the manual alphabet is the key to everything she wants to know.

Thursday, March 26th, 2009
hands in water from pump

We went out to the pump-house, and I made Helen hold her mug under the spout while I pumped. As the cold water gushed forth, filling the mug, I spelled “w-a-t-e-r” in Helen’s free hand. The word coming so close upon the sensation of cold water rushing over her hand seemed to startle her. She dropped the…

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