Rambling With Flashcards


We recently upped the ante on our nightly single sight word flashcard routine.

After recognizing the word on the card before him the boy has to use that word in a sentence. At five and three quarters old (his description) the words these days are short and typically monosyllabic. We’re giving him things like BROWN and CAME and FUNNY and DOWN to read to us between bites during dinner. Sometimes his sentences turn into paragraphs that take us far from the given word and down a long stream of thoughts. But in the end he finds a way to tidy things up and use the word on the card before him. Does he begin with a theme or does he simply ramble his way through a thought until he finds us nearing the end of our attention span and then clean up the loose ends with the given word?

His word was "DOWN".

“Um, after dinner and after I finish my words and my food and my milk and my applesauce and after I wash my hands and clean up and put my plate in the sink and everything then will you please get my Halloween candy so I can have a nice piece because I was good and did everything I was supposed to and when you do get the candy you will have to get my Halloween bag from on top of the refrigerator and you will have to get it down.”

My guess is regardless of the word getting candy was the objective.

And if getting candy was his goal then in his mind all he needed to do was turn any word we gave him into a story about how that candy was going to get into his hands.

Perhaps he’s been studying the presidential candidates and learning from the way in which they turn any question into a platform to spin their objective.

In the end they all just want candy.

Amazon needs to make the Kindle more social

It's hard to talk about what you are reading when it's on a Kindle. It's always, "How do you like the Kindle?"

Never, "Oh, Nora Roberts! One of my favorites. Have you read any of her other books?"

This also has benefits. I'm not embarrassed when I'm reading the book after the movie came out and there is a picture of Will Smith on the cover or something with a naked lady on the it like Lady Chatterley's Lover

What the Kindle needs is a way for me to share digitally with other Kindle owners what I'm reading and what I think about it. They need to make it more social. I've used Shelfari for a few years to display my bookshelf digitally and to discover new authors through other readers with similar interests. Recently, Amazon bought the website so I'm hoping they are planning on tackling this issue. I'd like for the books I buy through the Kindle to show up on my Shelfari shelf along with my progress as I read them. If I post a comment or bookmark a page on the Kindle, I'd like for it to transfer digitally to my page. Then I should be able to subscribe to my 'friends' shelf and have it synced with my mine. If I'm reading a book a friend has, it will tell me and alert me if one of them has commented on or bookmarked the page I'm on.

Currently, I can subscribe to RSS feeds and have them emailed to my @Kindle email address daily on my device. I should be able to subscribe to a Shelfari feed and have it compared to my feed and have those results synced with my device at the appropriate time.

The thing missing from my digital reading experience is the conversation that surrounds a book when you're reading it in public. "Oh, I just love Nora Roberts!"