7 Year Olds and Reading; Ah, I love this age. Spelling phonetically, sounding words out, writing and rewriting again. Sometimes its a joy, to see them finally get it. Sometimes its like trying to squeeze water out of sand, when they don’t want to anymore, all they want to do is go outside, or be silly instead of focus on getting it right. Sometimes you have to giggle. For instance, my 7 year old, who, after reading an assignment for school, had to answer 2 questions about it. The first one was, what was the point of the story, to which she replied, and I quote “to be nice to oters”
I looked and said “to be nice to oat-ers??”
She smacked her head and smiled. She erased, she came back, and now it read ‘to be nice to authors’ LOL
After I pointed out that she had now written “authors” instead of “others” again, she snorted, hee hee. She then handed it to me once more, and this time it was right. Her next question, however, was wrong. It asked what was one of the purposes of the story. She wrote “t crow was shirs”
I asked her what that even meant, as I wasn’t aware of what “t” was supposed to mean, nor “shirs”. She responded “The crow was selfish.” lol
So again, I had her first the “t” and rewrite “shirs” and sound out “SEELLLFFIISSHHHHH”. She came back, with the “e” and the “l” backwards, but she was almost there.
3 Year Olds and Speaking; My 3 year old comes barrelling upstairs, “Moooooooooooooom I can’t find my coat! I neeeeeeed to go on the trampoween!”
I tell him that his coat was left on the patio. “Oh, otay mommy,” and off he goes.
A few seconds later, as I’m walking downstairs with my youngest, he’s walking up the stairs, again. “Mooooooooooom? I can’t find a piano.” Haha! Love it!
Moral of the story? Be nice to authors and don’t leave your coat on the piano! Hee hee!!! And no matter what, even at your hardest moments, don’t forget to share a laugh with your children, whenever you can. I know I did this afternoon, and it was a good one indeed 🙂