Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I also found myself struggling a big with some of the other words on his coloring puzzle. Who knew kindergarten would be so tough? For example, I find myself really struggling to keep a straight face when I lump words like "cat" and "fan" in with "flag" and "bag". They just sound different! Boston looks at me funny when I try to demonstrate the "right" way, to help him decide to color them yellow or blue. Even if I try my dangdest to start out with that pure short a sound, it always ends up with a flat, long "a" just before we hit that "g". I guess I could fake it and just pronounce it like "flack" and "back", which is the way it would sound to me.
Give me fifth grade American History any day. (Charlene and Colette, can you still sing all the American Presidents in order? I can.)
I'm remembering that I had a few struggles of my own in kindergarten. I remember being completely shocked by a big red check mark on my vegetable listening page. I had never even heard of asparagus, so when Mrs. Scherrer (sp?) said the word, of course I wrote that it began with an "S". Hmmph. She shoulda done corn and potatoes! Come to find out, asparagus is pretty tasty (although expensive).
I'll try to be a good phonetic influence on my kids, but it's tough coming from a place where my first word as a baby was....cow.