Phonemic Intelligence by D’Andre McRae with contributions from Aaliyah Campbell
This year P.S. 119 has a new kind of morning exercise called Phonemic Intelligence. We do it every morning during morning announcements. Phonemic Intelligence exercises your brain. We do it to keep our brain moving. We first put our hand on our right eye. Then, you put your left hand on your left-brain, then left eye. After that you put your right hand on your right brain. Finally, you put your right hand on your forehead and then put your left hand on back of your head. At every position you make the sound of: Ah, Ee, or Ai three times. I love Phonemic Intelligence. I love it because it exercises your brain and it keeps me focused. Aaliyah Campbell stated, “I like doing it because it makes you become calmer and smarter.”
The Other Side of Phonemic Intelligence by Sephora Fegond
Phonemic Intelligence is new to P.S. 119. This is my first experience. During my experience with Phonemic Intelligence, I find that I do not like it. I do not like it because it takes away from my schoolwork. No offence to other kids and adults who like it, but I do not feel smarter, more energized or ready to take in knowledge. I would like to stop Phonemic Intelligence. Once I close my eyes I feel even more tired. I have also heard other kids say they do not like Phonemic Intelligence. For example, Sharon of Class 5-302 said, “I am very happy that it might help other kids but I really do not like P.I. because it wastes our school time. I wish that I could get used to P.I. because it might help others in their life.” Things I would change about P.I. would be: Do not close eyes and make it shorter. I would like to hear what you would like to change or what your opinions are about P.I.