The Joy of Spelling

CB005684

 

When you home school and your kid finally learns to read and begins spelling there’s a certain pleasure you take in hearing them read a book and watching them write sentences on their own. The “experts” tell you how great it is when your child starts to become an independent reader. But, there’s something they don’t tell you about the joy of spelling…

Claire has hit that stage in her schooling where she is excited about her new found ability to spell. So excited, in fact, that she’s going through this phase of spelling everything. And I do mean everything. We’re not just talking about reading a word on a sign and repeating the letters. No, we’re talking about spelling out full sentences in every conversation.  You may be thinking, well, what’s so bad about that? Ha, let me show you…

Claire: M………o………..m………w……….h………a……….t………a……..r…..e…………..y……..o……………u……m……….a……….k………i….n…..g……f…..o….r…..d…..i….n…..n…e…..r….t….o….n….i….g….h……t?

Me: (Standing at the stove listening carefully, trying to decipher exactly what she is asking because there are long pauses between letters in the middle of her words): I’m making shrimp corn chowder Claire.

Claire: c…..a……..n……..I ………h…a…v…e……..s….o……m…….e……b………….r………e………a…..d…….w….i…..

t……….h……i……..t?

Me: Yes (I think?  She asked for bread, right?).

Claire: c…………a……………….n………..I……………h……………..a………..v……..e………….s………..o…………….m…………

.e…………s……..a………l……..a…………..d…….t……o……o?

Get the picture? 

You think it’s painful to read a few sentences like that? Imagine having a conversation with a 7 year old and listening to the painfully slow process of her spelling out each and every word.  Yes, the first few times it was cute and she garnered much praise for her new found spelling skills.  But now. Well, now I’m just hoping this phase willl end soon.

I…….a…………m……..n……..o…………t……….s………u………..r……..e………I……c…….a……….n………t……..a…….k…….e……..m…….u…….c……h……m….o….r…e…..o……f…..i….t! :-).

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: