Okefenokee

Good morning! 

Sunday we were watching an episode of Aerial America Georgia on the Smithsonian Channel as we were lying in bed and I was writing my morning blog. 

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge was one of the featured areas highlighted in the program. 

Being an Okie, it caught my attention. I heard what I thought was the term Okie.

Okefenokee.

What a funny sounding word! It made me think of my kids at school.  Could they sound out a word that big?        oh-kee-phu-no-kee. Phonetically? Inquiring minds wanted to know! I couldn’t wait to ask them!

I want to teach them when you see or hear a word you don’t know, instead of skipping over it, look it up! Ask someone! Inquire! Sound it out! That’s how we learn! We inquire about what we don’t know, rather than just talking about what we do know! We only learn when we listen, not when we simply hear ourselves speak. 

The Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is not in Oklahoma at all, but is located on over 402,000 acres near the Georgia Florida line. It’s swamp land.

Whether you can pronounce it or spell it, you can count it’s syllables. And there are five. And more phonemes than you can shake a stick at. And I bet more alligators than you can count too.

Let’s all enjoy nature. Let’s enjoy the travel shows where we can visit locations without even leaving the comforts of our own home. And let’s enjoy learning new words. Big words. By just listening. Hearing them spoken. Then just sounding them out by ourselves. Two ears. One mouth. That’s how we were made on purpose.

My dear brothers and sisters take note of this: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.                                   James 1:19

Love and laughter, 

Sandy 

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