I think the post a few days ago about my attempt to provide authentic writing and reading experiences for my kiddos went a little too far the other day. Maybe we’ve been doing too much sign reading over here on our trips to and from the pool. . .
Before I left for my trip, as I was scrambling to put Cora down for her nap, I noticed an eerie quiet in our upstairs hallway. I walked to Maddy’s door, and there was a sign that said, No B–S.
I went into her room and asked her to read her sign to me. She said she wrote, ‘No Boys.‘ It means, No boys are allowed in my room, Mommy. It’s a girls’ only club in here.
Oh. Of course. I asked if she wanted to know the correct spelling of ‘boys’ and she said she did. I told her (the -oy sound is pretty tough to figure out for emerging readers!), and she re-wrote the sign on the back and re-posted it.
By this time, Owen had retaliated. His sign said, No G—
He asked how to spell ‘girls’, and I helped him through it by giving him the ‘I’ then I said, ‘Girls.’ Girrrrls. What sound do you hear in the middle?
He said, Rrrrr. It’s an ‘r’. I gave him the ‘l’ then said, What sound do you hear at the end of ‘girlsss’? He added the ‘s’ and hung up his sign. He added the letters and walked inside.
Then Maddy hollered, Owen, this would be more fun if we had real club members. It’s quiet in here with just me.
Owen agreed, and they forgot about the signs.
We’ll return to sneaking in some everyday learning tomorrow, once I’m unpacked, rested, and back in the game. Our focus will be the Super Summer Swap this week!!