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