Mariel and Triss each have their own Spelling Wisdom book for dictation. This morning as they did their lessons, I was struck with the multitasking aspects of administering a fourth grader's and a seventh grader's dictation assignments simultaneously, and the absurd juxtaposition that sometimes occurs:
Triss: Okay, I'm ready.
Me: "Sherlock Holmes looked deeply chagrined."
Me: "Wash on Monday.."
Mariel: Wash on Monday, semicolon!
Me: "Iron on Tuesday.."
Triss: ...looked deeply cha...chagrined? I'm ready.
Me: "He drew a sovereign from his pocket and threw it down on the slab..."
Mariel: Ready! It's "mend on Wednesday," right?
Me: "Mend on Wednesday..."
Mariel: Okay! "Churn on Thursday, right?"
Me: "Churn on Thursday..."
Triss: "...threw it down on the slab..."
Me: "...turning away with the air of a man whose disgust is too deep for words."
Mariel: I'm ready.
Me: Where were you?
Mariel: I know the next part. It's "clean on Friday."
Me: Okay, "clean on Friday."
Me: "A few yeards off..." Wait a minute. (laughter) "A few yards off he stopped under a lamppost..."
Mariel: "Bake on Saturday!"
Me: Bake on Saturday.
Mariel: How do you spell Saturday?
Triss: It's like satyr, only without a 'y'.
Triss: "...under a lamppost..."
Me: "...and laughed in the hearty, noiseless fashion which was peculiar to him."
Me: "Rest on Sunday."