Thursday, November 12, 2009

Pickle Wizard!

Let me first explain what a pickle is. No, it's not the pickled cucumber you are thinking of. Jared's Kindergarten class calls "tests" "pickles." It makes the kids laugh and not get stressed about a "test." The teachers are trying to make it silly and a bit fun by saying "pickle" ;)

He has been doing great at school, getting 95% or 100% on his weekly written phonogram pickles. Yay! The written phonogram pickles test them on 20 Spalding phonograms that they have learned. Well, today he got a "Pickle Wizard" award because he got a 100% on his written phonogram pickle AND a 100% on his practice spelling pickle! Double Yay! Starting today, he will have weekly spelling pickles in which the kids get tested on 15 spelling words for that week. Way to go Jared! Yes, spelling tests in Kindergarten - Wow!

    So now, he has...

    • A weekly written phonogram pickle on 20 phonograms (using the Spalding method)
    • A weekly spelling pickle on 15 words (again, using Spalding and the Ayres word list, which is a list of the most frequently used words in the English language. They just start at the top of the list and work their way down.)
    • Math pickles every 5 days, on math facts and assessment (using Saxon math)
    • And a weekly writing pickle, in which the students write 3 sentences on the subject they learned about that week (using Rubrics)

    Have we mentioned how impressed and blessed we are with Jared's school? They are wonderful! Praise God Jared can attend here and that the girlies can too, in the future! This kid of ours keeps amazing me with what he can learn and do! The teachers and staff are wonderful! Oh, and in case you wonder if it's all "work, work, work" they do get to have fun...lots of fun at his school!

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    Anonymous said...

    Wat to go Jared!!!Just keep collecting those "Pickle"awards.

    Grandpa Wes

    Allyson said...

    where does he attend school?

    Dan said...

    I was happy to discover your blog today. I was unable to find a contact link. I hope it's OK that I'm contacting you through a public comment. I've developed an educational program for Windows called SpellQuizzer that helps children learn their spelling and vocabulary words without the battle that parents often have getting them to sit down and write them out while the parents dictate to them. The parent enters the child's spelling words into the software making a sound recording of each word. Then the software helps the child practice his or her words. It really helped my children with their weekly spelling lists.

    I would appreciate your reviewing SpellQuizzer in The Carlson Blog. If you are interested in hosting a giveaway of a SpellQuizzer license I'd be happy to supply a free license to the winner. You can learn more about the program at There's a video demo you can watch at and a community site where SpellQuizzer users can share their spelling lists with one another ( Finally, there's a page targeted to homeschooling families at I'd be happy to send you a complimentary license for the software. Please let me know if you are interested.

    Thank you very much!

    Dan Hite
    TedCo Software

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