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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

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April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review August 12, 2010 / 2 Elul, 5770, 5770

The alphabet song made EZ

By Lori Borgman

Lori Borgman

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Kids are learning the alphabet song a new way these days. Our daughter the elementary school teacher tried teaching it to the husband and me. We didn’t do so well – as in the letter F.

Apparently someone thought kids were getting tripped up on the L M N O P part, rolling it together like it was one letter – LMNOP. Of course kids roll it together. That’s the whole point in singing your ABC’s.

LMNOP is the fun part. You tiptoe through the A B C section all dainty and delicate like, start building momentum at H I J K and then let it rip at warp speed when you hit LMNOP.

When we were in school -- our daughter loves it when we start stories with that line; we know this by the way her eyes glaze over -- LMNOP was what separated the stars from the wannabes. LMNOP is where you thinned the pack and weeded out the weak.

I’ve tried telling her that LMNOP is where leaders are born. In gratitude for my insight, she rolls her eyes.

As an educator, she refuses to concede that the alphabet song has always been about speed. “A to Z in under three seconds, baby!” I tell her.

Here’s how the new version goes (sing to the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”) A-B-C-D-E-F-G, H-I-J-K, L, M, N, O, P. You give L, M, N, O and P a full beat each. Maybe even two beats. You’re singing along and all of a sudden it’s like you experience sudden memory loss. It must be rough on kids having their first senior moment in kindergarten.

The new ABC song is a halting version of Twinkle, Twinkle. Instead of picking up midway, it slows way down. The new version is fraught with hesitancy and uncertainty. It sounds like kids may have had something more than fruit juice in those drink boxes at snack time.

Our daughter explained the rationale behind the new version of the ABC song to her uncle and he said he thought that ABC and XYZ were all one letter, too. He said he thought the whole song was hard and that kids shouldn’t have to learn any of it.

He also said she should warn her students against learning to read because once people find out they can read then they’ll expect them to do other things – like read aloud.

I thought he made a good case, but she gave him an F, too.

The new easier-to-learn alphabet song reminded me of the protestors who marched outside the national Spelling Bee this year complaining that learning English was hard. They had shirts and signs that said, “I’m thru with through,” and "Enuf is enuf!"

Members of the Simplified Spelling Society (SSS) advocate simpler and more logical spelling. “Fruit” should be spelled “froot,” “slow” should be “slo” and “heifer” should be “hefer.” SSS claims that difficult to spell words lead to illiteracy and crime.

Meanwhile, inside the hotel’s ballroom, Spelling Bee competitors were spelling words like zaibatsu, vibrissae and biauriculate.

What do you bet the kids competing sang their ABCs as small children at break neck speed?

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