The Power of ‘P’ – plastic pavers

Today the letter ‘p’ became an easy choice after being led to the article below. Anything to do with that fearful word, plastic and finding practical ways of recycling it, will always grab my attention. And when it’s happening in Kenya, that’s a plus too, as that’s where our new son-in-law comes from. The article says that Nzambi not only wants to tackle the problem of Kenya’s plastic waste pollution, but to hopefully help solve the country’s inadequate housing problem.

This Kenyan Company Is Turning Plastic Waste Into Bricks | DeMilked

The letter itself is quite easy to sound phonetically and doesn’t usually pose too many problems for students, except when they are learning to write it and forget that it has a long ‘tail’ that goes down below the line where its curved part rests. ‘P’ is softly aspirated with just a gentle puff of air, unlike its partner ‘b’ that requires the lips to press together and vibrate slightly. Sometimes kids get the sound of ‘p’ and ‘b’ confused early on (like our twin daughters) and need a bit of speech therapy to correct the issue.

Hooray for the letter ‘p’ and all its perfect potential and ability to please and perform and hooray for Nzambi and her plastic pavers! And here’s a little pot of poppies that have just germinated (thanks to our local Woolworths store giving them away when you buy enough groceries!) I am not good at growing anything much but even though they look threadlike and fragile at the moment, I’m hoping they’ll also perform and reach their perfect potential!

16 thoughts on “The Power of ‘P’ – plastic pavers

  1. Your post reminded me of those days in the 80s. Our son has retinitis pigmentosa since birth. Till std 5 he could write big letters but after that he needed a scribe. I taught him all the alphabets by describing them in different ways so that he could understand them. I read to him a lot so that he would not miss the world of books. He completed his PhD in English literature in 2016 and is Assistant Professor in the department of languages in out University.

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  2. Love your phonetic lesson along with a great article. As an avid recycler, I also appreciate these solutions and love how you take a simple letter and make this complex post! I am going to start guessing tomorrow’s letter =)

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  3. Inspiring post. So many people are doing things to fan the faint flames of hope. I’m sharing this article with my students—perfect in all the right ways. How terrific to have a family hug that lovingly embraces Kenya!

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  4. Yes! I saw this too and I loved this article. Stuff like this reminds me that I’m a teacher, because my first thought when I see news like this is, “Hey! I’ve got to share this with my kids!” Thanks for the smile today.

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