Kest ke say?

Can anyone tell me what an “onset Rod” is?  Or a “rime”?

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11 thoughts on “Kest ke say?

  1. Hah,

    Oona, this brings back memories of my elementary school math worksheets which my mom would go over with me after I had finished to “check and correct”. I often would get stuck because after solving all the problems on the page I was supposed to assemble certain elements to solve the puzzle at the end of the sheet.

    We would spend hours (literally) at our dining room table getting more and more frustrated before writing down some nonsensical answer and finding out the next day that the worksheet was either misprinted or just simply wrong.

  2. Who knew?

    onset: The initial consonant sound (or sounds) that come before the vowel in a syllable. For example, the onset of cat is c. (The remainder of the word—at—is called a rime.)

  3. Frig! You mean it’s legit? Where’d you get that, from a dikshunary? (And does that mean Meg was making fun of me? Shucks.)

    Sean, tell your mother from me that she is a HERO.

  4. FYI: Just because you passed elementary, middle and high school with flying colors doesn’t mean you understand teacher-speak. There’s so much freaking educational jargon, but I expect it more in the US where we have the stupid No Child Left Behind.

    It always creeps me out when the jargon actually makes it on to student worksheets, though.

    I mean, really, does Eila really need confusion between “rime” and “rhyme” this early in her educational career?

  5. Am I the only one who still doesn’t understand “rod”? I’m trying to make sense of it with respect to the illustration: vertically, they look like interlocking blocks a la Lego. Or does the horse provide a clue I’m missing?

  6. I checked every dictionary I could find, in book form and online. I found no relevant definitions of the terms “rime” and “onset,” until I surfed myself onto a linguistics site dealing with the construction of words in Chinese. Clearly this is jargon, and Miriam is right: it has no place on a JK assignment sheet, whether or not a decision to use it has been made by educational theorists. No clue about “rod.” I asked the horse: she didn’t say anything. I think we’re going to have to go with DN: my kid is being indoctrinated in jargon and porn at the same time.

  7. I assume that “rod” is what the teacher is supposed to call each of the little boxes that the students are filling in. The “onset rod” is the first little cube that connects to the rest of the repeating end syllable that’s being taught.

    I mean, it’s word blending. It’s phonics. But you don’t have to use phonemic jargon (that isn’t even standard to all languages in the field) to teach it to young children.

    I run into these things in math. My personal favorite is the phrase “six-sided number cube.” It appears frequently on high stakes tests in most states.

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