Kindergarten is a fun grade to teach. The learning is so new, there’s so much to learn, and five year olds are brutally honest.
Today’s reading had Sterling in a befuddled mess. Dr-i-ve. Dr-i-ve. Over and over he sounded out ‘drive’, saying it but still unsure what the word was. Finally I jumped in, and told him he’d said the word.
“Drive?!” he said incredulously.
“Yes. Like drive a car. Drive.”
“But there isn’t a J’ in it!”
“No. Drive doesn’t have a ‘J’ in it.
“But it’s jer-ive.”
Realizing I had never realized he doesn’t pronounce it right, we came to the bottom of his confusion. “It’s not jer-ive. It’s DR-ive.”
Poor boy. He looked like I’d rocked his world. Recovering quickly, he turned to Ruby in the next room and hollered, “Hey Ruby! Did you know it’s DRIVE with a ‘D’ and there isn’t a J in DR-ive?!”
She nodded and smiled. Alrighty then. Perfect sense to a four year old, for sure.
Great homeschooling moments we have, I tell you. Great. And for the record, there’s no ‘J’ in drive. We’ve clarified that.