Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Family Blogging Month :: Palindromes

Family Blogging Month is a great way to build an online learning community!

Abigail's dad, Frank, noticed that he could make a word out of the Family Blogging Month  key. Like any good blogger, I commented back to him. 

Conversations in the comment section help bring the blog to life! Here is the exchange:

That comment led to a comment from Will and Frank's daughter, Abigail:

Those comments lead to a discussion about palindromes. 

pal • in• drome (noun)
a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward, e.g., madam or nurses run.

A numeric palindrome:

Photo by Mrs. Yollis 

Those comments lead to a discussion about aibohphobia, the irrational fear of palindromes!

What are some palindromes that you know?


  1. @ Mrs. Y♥llis,
    I watched a movie with my friend Stella a few months ago called "ANINA," which is a palindrome! Her middle name and her last name are palindromes too! Her full name is Anina Yatay Salas, and the entire movie was in Spanish. Luckily there were captions for it, so my mom and dad read the whole thing out loud in English to us. I liked the movie because it was set in a city that looked just like a small city I visited in Spain. Anina hates her name because it's a palindrome, but by the end of the movie she finds out why her parents gave her a name that's a palindrome and she changes her mind. Have you seen this movie?

    I thought of another palindrome - wow. I really like the palindrome Will mentioned above and Kostaki mentioned in class, "yo banana boy" because it's long and it sounds so funny.

  2. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I know race car is a palindrome because you can spell it the same way forward or backward.
    Other palindromes are pop, mom and dad. Any way you do it, you'll always get the same word.

    Your Lovely Student,

  3. Good afternoon all,
    I am Kostaki's grandma.He calls me nana.Because my name is Hannah{guess what this is} my name to all of you will be nana Hannah.T
    This is my first blogg!Thank you for giving me the opportunity to
    learn a new way to communicate.
    I have seen pictures if Indian woman with red dots on their foreheads.Does anyone know what it means?I am very excited to learn more about India with you.
    Nana Hannah

    1. @ Nana Hannah
      Guess what!?! When I was reading your post, I noticed that Hannah is a palindrome, just like my mom mentioned her post! Did you ever notice? Nana spelled backwards, AnAn, is my brother's Chinese nickname.

      It is so wonderful that you posted. Do you like our blog?

  4. Hi Keya, Abigail and class! What a fantastic palindrome find in "race car!" This whole discussion had me thinking about how many popular girl names are palindromes. Do you have any friends with names such as Hannah, Anna, Izzi, Ava, Elle or Emme? I bet you know at least one!

    Isn't the word palindrome fun? I understand Mrs. Yollis also taught you another fun language word. Onomatopoeia! Did that come up in a book? Interestingly, there are also onomatopoeias in the Chinese language. "Di da" is an example. It is used to describe the "drip drip drop" of raindrops. "Di di da da" is another example, and it's used to describe the "tick tock" of a clock! Since there are a lot of foreign languages spoken by students this class, I wonder if others can think of some examples in another language.

    Mindy (Abigail's mom)

  5. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I know one palindrome: star rats.
    Here is my Mom's palindrome: Madam in Eden, I'm Adam.
    I noticed there is a boat called a kayak that is a palindrome.

    Your very observant student,

    1. Hi Sawyer,
      I think that the palindrome your mom thought of, "Madam in Eden, I'm Adam" is really cool. I also like yours!
      Thanks for commenting!
      Your classmate,

  6. Hi! this is uncle Didac from Barcelona!

    1. @Didac (Abigail's uncle)
      This is Abigail's mom! We are so happy to hear from you and we can't wait to visit you in Spain again. Thank you for visiting our blog. We hope you enjoyed reading it.

    2. Hi Uncle Didac,
      Thank you so much for posting because I know you are a very busy person. We are really looking forward to seeing you during our visit to Spain next year. I remember the last time I saw you we were at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is so beautiful when the sun is setting. I remember going to your house last year and Ioving it. I can't wait until I come again!

      Do you remember our trip to the Golden Gate Bridge?
      Does anyone know why it's called the Golden Gate when it's red?

      Your niece,


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