Monday, April 21, 2008

free rice

Today marks our official first day of the fourth quarter. Hooray!

Anyway, talk about a win, win situation. This might even be more of a win, win, win. I'm talking about Free Rice, a website that donates grains of rice (through sponsors) for playing their vocabulary game. I've been playing for a few months whenever I happen to think of it, but it wasn't until today that I finally remembered to add it to our vocabulary curriculum and get Annie playing, too. So, why the win, win, win? Well, win #1, it donates rice to the UN hunger program. Win #2, it helps expand one's vocabulary. And win #3, it's just plain fun.

And speaking of vocabulary, Annie's vocabulary list this week made me feel quite ignorant...there were two words on it that I just didn't know. Ugh. On the bright side, that's two new words (sententious and apothegm) I got to learn, huh?


Jean said...

Remember how you used to post lists of words so that your faithful readers could test their definitional abilities? Why not post Annie's vocabulary words each week and challenge us to contribute sentences for her to evaluate? Sounds like a win-win to me? Fun for us, and something for her to think about.

I knew only one of the two words unfamiliar to you--"sententious." One of my favorite writers, Ellis Peters (the Brother Cadfael series) used it A LOT. Nice to learn the other word ("apothegm"), too, since I can see working it into conversation on a regular basis.

Debi said...


Annie and I both love that idea! In fact, we're thinking about a way to turn it into a little bit of a contest. Anyway, next Monday her list will be up...hope you'll come and show off your prowess with the written word!

Anonymous said...

I've got this added blog added to my sidebar. I think I have three of your blogs listed!

Trish said...

My step-sister (16) who is preparing for the SAT introduced me to FreeRice. We had a lot of fun playing it together...a little addicting!

I've enjoyed browsing through all of your different blogs for a few minutes this morning. :)