Monday, November 24, 2008
Fun with kids
Neil is having trouble blending sounds as he tries to read. He's been stuck here for quite some time. I can't tell if he won't slow down and make time to sound out a word, or if it truly is a stumbling block.
The kid can memorize words like you wouldn't believe. He can find The Backyardigans on the TiVo list. He can read the grocery list (but only the items he likes to eat). He can pick words out of something I'm reading.
But phonics? Not quite clicking.
So we've been playing word games. Tonight we were taking a letter combo and changing the first letter to make a new word (you know, add a c to "up" and it becomes cup).
We started with "an": can, fan, pan, man, tan, etc.
Then we moved on to "at": sat, bat, rat, cat, etc.
Jack suggested "am." So we started with: Sam, Pam, ram ...
"Dam!" Neil yelled out and then he quickly covered his mouth.
"Neil said a bad word!" yells his big brother. It's anarchy.
"It's not a bad word," explains Dad. "Think of a dam that beavers build."
"Yeah," acknowledges Jack. "Not like 'Damn kids.' "