Friday, January 16, 2009

Adventures in Reading and Writing

I distinctly remember only learning a couple of things when I was in kindergarten in 1976. I learned that one should not eat paste no matter how delicious it looks. I learned to share my toys. And most importantly, I learned that I should never pee my pants in class like ,"M" did when we got birthday spankings. Seriously, we got paddled. As in, we were put on our teachers knees, and paddled with a big wooden paddle while the kids in our class shouted out the number of spankings we got. "M," his twin, "J" and I shared the same birthday, so we got spanked at the same time. "M" peed his pants. I have no idea why I still remember that 34 years later, but I do. I can't remember which folder my Fixed Asset Report is in, but I can remember that "M". peed his pants on our 6th birthday.

Ella, on the other hand, is learning a lot of stuff. TONS. I am amazed that she is reading and starting to write sentences in her homemade paper and glue "diary." She will literally spend hours at the kitchen table, asking me to spell words for her so that she can write them out and learn them. We are so very proud of her and her achievements, but there are times when it is very difficult to not giggle or bust out laughing at her mistakes.

This week, Ella brought home some of the work she had done. I guess one particular assignment was writing rhyming words that end in -ar. On the paper she had car, far, bar, star and then the word, "cuntainer." The teacher wrote the word "jar" above it. I couldn't help it, it made me giggle.

Later on, we were playing a word bingo game. On one side of the bingo card is the picture, the other side is the word. We have Ella use the word side and match the words when they are called out. When she got the word, "brush," she did a very good job of sounding out the word phonetically:

"Buh buh, rrrrr, uhuhuh sssss,huhuhuh."

"Now put it all together honey, " I said.

"DOUCHE!" she bellowed proudly.

One look at Corey and it was over. We could.not.stop.laughing. I felt so bad because Ella knew we were laughing at her, but we just couldn't stop ourselves. I just pray that this isn't going to be one of those things that she remembers 34 years later.


Anonymous said...

ROLF, love the "cuntainer", that's a good one.

red pen mama said...

well, where the heck is she learning the word douche?

dude, I am laughing so hard in my cube, I'm crying. poor, sweet Ella. but if you hadn't laughed, you would have exploded.


Misfit Hausfrau said...

I can assure you that the word, "douche" has never been uttered in our home. She is constantly making words up when she isn't sure how to read or say something.

kimmyk said...

i love kid speak!
douche is totally out there kid speak, but nonetheless...

lets hope she doesn't share that one with her friends...LOL!