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.
That’s very funny. 🙂 Learning to read has taught a couple of my kids how to say certain letters they hadn’t figured out yet.
Blaine Falkena says
You mean they won’t be running down to the end of the jriveway asking to help jrive up anymore? If I remember Liberty learned that those big animals with shoes that we ride on aren’t forses in the same place!
Ha! I love it! When Lydia started spelling things herself she spelled ‘tree’ CHREE. 😀