phonics gone wrong

The Kidling started pre-school this fall and positively adores it. Her teacher (who is pretty terrific) labeled each of their little cubbies with the student’s name and an animal that begins with the same letter. Clever, no?

Alice gets to be an ant.

So earlier this week when Alice was showing me a piece of construction paper cluttered with no fewer than 45 stickers work of art, I wasn’t at all surprised when she began her story about the ant sticker front and center on the page.

Alice: (point to a picture she made at preschool that morning) I put an ant on there because A starts with ant.* And Alice. And apple. And crocodile!

The Mama: Do you mean alligator?

Alice: Yeah! And Maddie starts with the same letter as gorilla!

The Mama: You mean monkey?

Alice: No, gorilla. (sprints to the bathroom. Whilst using the toilet, continues sounding out words) Guh Guh Maddie. Guh Guh Guh Guh Guh Guh Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmmaa  Mmmaddie.

And she remained convinced. She also maintains she doesn’t learn anything at school. I beg to differ.


* A starts with ant, ant starts with A… close enough.

About The Mamahttp://kidlingville.comProfessional talker, editor, emailer, problem solver, adjunct lecturer, blogger, and mother to the brilliantly absurd Kidling.

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