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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Special Olympics

I tutor a young man, A, who has autism.  He is trying to obtain his GED.  He has a certificate of completion from high school but A is determined to receive a "real" diploma.  I have faith that Anthony will get that GED.  I feel blessed to tutor Anthony (free of charge) as I see how determined he is to finally get his diploma.  Unfortunately, A's family situation is not the most ideal and he doesn't receive much support from any of his family members.

A has been telling me for weeks about his upcoming competition at the Special Olympics.  Knowing that his family more than likely would not be there to cheer him on, I felt that I needed to be there for him.  I am so glad that I went.  None of A's church friends and, as predicted, none of A's family  showed up to cheer him on.  A's face lit up when he saw me and my children.  He was so happy that we came to cheer him on and take pictures.  He ended up placing 1st in both competitions that he participated in.  It was so sweet to see how happy A was to receive those medals. He did deserve those medals because he really was that good.  I was very happy for him.

However, I couldn't help but feel a little sadness that nobody in A's family seemed to care enough to see him compete.  And to top it off, A asked me if anybody else from church was there.  Unfortunately, the answer was no.  Despite my children nearly making me decide against going this morning, I'm so happy that I went with my gut instinct to be a blessing to A.  It turned out to be such a blessing to me, too.

In between A's competitions, as I looked around at all of the participants and events, I couldn't help but smile.  There were a lot of participants, in the hundreds.  And there were even more supporters, not just family but also community.  The "dis"abilities varied widely and most of them included decreased cognitive abilities.  But.. these precious souls were able to be free and to be themselves without judgmental looks, without others poking fun.   The support most of the participants received was just incredible.  To see the participants jump up and squeal when they received their medals... oh what joy they had.  It was so fun to watch them.  I enjoyed it so much that I may just look into volunteering at next year's event. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Grammar... Just A Basic Lesson

I'm going to get on my soapbox for a moment. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when I see such chronic misuse of grammar, especially by those who work as educators.  I wouldn't even hire a substitute teacher who had such poor grammar skills. And yes, I know some of those.  It makes me cringe whenever I see them use poor grammar on such public social sites, knowing that these people could potentially be my child's educator for a day.  So, here goes...

There v. They're v. Their.  
There is an adverb which refers to a place or position.  It has nothing to do with a person. Put your folder over there in that bin.
Their is an adjective or a pronoun.  The students need to turn in their homework when they come to class.
They're = they are.  It's a contraction.  Enough said. If it makes sense to use they are, then use they're. They're preparing to be tested on their grammar skills.

Your v. You're
Ugh! For some reason, this one bothers me more than any other.  
Your is a possessive adjective, meaning that it describes something as belonging to "you":  What is your name?  Which one is your car?  Do your homework now!
You're = you are.  It's a contraction. Again, enough said.  If it makes sense to use you are, then use you're. You're not as dumb as you think you are.

To v. Too. 
 Every time I see somebody use the to in place of too, I can't help but think of  THIS
 To is a preposition: Go to school to learn proper grammar.  
Too means in excess.  The kids are going to school to learn proper grammar, too.  I ate too much.  She made too many mistakes on her test.

I seen.
 This one makes me cringe every time I see it.  It makes no sense whatsoever.  The correct form would be I see or I've seen.   I see the light.  I've seen that movie already.

Should of, would of, could of. 
 This one makes me laugh.  I can only assume that people are just writing what they hear instead of what actually makes sense.  Please note, should HAVE, would HAVE, could HAVE. You should have learned this in elementary school. 

I'm getting off my soapbox for now.  Next up; fun kid stories.  That is, if I don't throw this tablet out the window. I. Am. Fed. Up!