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Autodidacts Artfully Acquiring Alliterative Acumen: #AtoZchallenge for April 1, 2017

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Alliterative Acrobats!

We wrangle words with wondrous wit

All around, a-to-z, all-literate

Lovely language, lively lines

Pursue pithy puns, palindromes pop


Alliterative acrobats

Z-to-A zealots….zig zag ZOOM!

                                               Fridge Phonics fun!
                                               Fridge Phonics fun!

When the kids were still quite small, and car travel or any kind of waiting was akin to torment for them, we would play word games. We began with the simple – thinking of words that all begin with the same letter. We gradually moved on to alliterative words.

A few months ago, we put the old Fridge Phonics  letters, which had been languishing in a bin, back up on the fridge, sans the little reader boxes that came with them. We’ve been having a lot of fun with these, some of it even alliterative!

Just yesterday (well, it won’t be when you read this on April 1, because I’m typing this on November 23, so we can call it a bit of an April Fool), Jeremiah, now 15, was researching the legal and tax requirements involved in starting a small business, because he has strong entrepreneurial tendencies. “The hardest part,” he said, “is coming up with a name. It needs to be something short that pops and is alliterative.”

He never learned that term in school; he’s never attended school. It’s like so much of our learning here – autodidactic, motivated by interest or need, drawn from the world around us.

Do you (or your children, if you have them) enjoy word play?
Do you (or your children) have autodidactic tendencies?
What and how do you most like to learn?

Ah, here we are, at the end of our Alpha post! And, I’ll bet you’d like more. All right! You can click this link, or the icon below, and hop up on the Blogging From A-Z April Challenge for more amazing A posts!

Tomorrow is a “dark day” here in #atozchallenge-land, but please be my guest on Monday, April 3, when we’ll push the boundaries of….well, boundaries! =)

                           Kindling-wood wordplay by Annalise, age 4 or 5.
                           Kindling-wood wordplay by Annalise, age 4 or 5.


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

5 thoughts on “Autodidacts Artfully Acquiring Alliterative Acumen: #AtoZchallenge for April 1, 2017

    1. Well, I hope it will be amazing to the reader! It certainly has been amazing living it! =D
      I liked this short poem, too – it’s a little like writing haiku or flash fiction. Honestly, I had a great deal of fun exploring all the poetry types. I’m not sure on the quality of the poetry, but I am sure it got my mind geared up and moving in new creative directions, and that’s a good thing, regardless!
      Thanks for stopping by!
      Slices of an Unschooling Life@shanjeniahIndie Writer, Mom-in-Chief, and Joyful Learning Facilitator<a href=" ">Shan Jeniah’s Lovely Chaos</a>

  1. What a wonderfully creative post! Had a hard time finding it, though. Where is one supposed to go to find your A to Z Challenge posts? I thought perhaps there was a link on your Theme Reveal post but didn’t see one. Or did I miss it?

    1. Hi, Calen!
      Dang. I meant to set up a landing page, but forgot to do that, since I was also plotting a novel for CampNaNoWriMo.
      I did figure out what went wrong – at least, I think I did. I left my theme reveal post in my signature. Now I know to change it every day, and/or to add links to the theme reveal.
      Thanks for the catch, Calen! A gold star is headed your way! =D

    2. And dang again! I forgot to thank you for your kind words about the actual post. I hope, if you find your way back here, that you’ll find the others as creative…although AXAXA and "A Tingly Now" do have special real estate in my memory.

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