Tuesday, May 19, 2009


My 7 year old is in first grade. For homework he is supposed to read one book each night. My 5 year old wants to do everything that his brother does. So tonight after dinner my 7 year old started reading out loud. My 5 year old picked up a book and joined him also out loud.

5 year old: Mom, what's I-T spell?

Me: It

5 year old: It is... Mom, what's N-L-G-H-T spell?

Me: N-L-G-H-T? That doesn't spell anything. You must mean N-I-G-H-T. That spells night.

5 year old: Night. Mom, what's P-E-R-C-Y spell?

Me: Percy.

5 year old: Percy is... Mom what does S-L-E-E-P-Y spell?

Me: Sleepy.

5 year old: Sleepy. What does H-E spell?

Me: He.

5 year old: He is... Mom, what does T-H-L-N-K-L--N-G spell?

Me: That isn't a word.

5 year old: T-H-L-N-K-L--N-G

Me: Oh, you must mean T-H-I-N-K-I-N-G. That spells thinking.

5 year old. Thinking... What's A-B-O-U-T spell?

This went on for the entire book... He's only 5. He starts kindergarten in the fall. I don't want to discourage him from reading or from trying to read, but it was very difficult to be patient. And mixing up the "L's" and "K's" made it more fun. Luckily my 7 year old managed to finish homework even with his brother reading along side.


Karen said...

This is where pretending you temporarily forgot how to read becomes useful. It doesn't always work, but when it does it's very nice.

Mama Goose said...

Ha! My 5 year old (who also starts school in the fall) does the same thing!

Michelle said...

Go find the Bob books. Not Bob the Builder, but the Bob books. Let him read those, and in no time he won't be asking you those questions anymore!

girlytwins said...

That would take a lot of patience.

And Haha. I love Karen's suggestion :)

Mama Zen said...

I know what you mean about wanting to encourage interest in reading, but sometimes it really gets on the old nerves!