My middle son is currently in fourth grade. One of the subjects he is currently working on is dictionary skills. Each week he has a list of words that he has to look up in the dictionary. And by “the dictionary” I mean one of the book variety. To keep the students from using an electronic dictionary, the students are required to write down the words on the top of the left and right hand pages visible when reading the word in question (apparently called the “bracketing words”). We have had to borrow a paper dictionary from one of our neighbors to do these assignments.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that my son is being taught these invaluable skills.
I can’t wait for the unit on mechanical adding machine operation. But we may have to wait until the sundial reading elective is finished.