Saturday, October 18, 2008

U-Phonics

William and I were working on reading similar words. For example, if he could sound out and/or recognize at, he could then add a consonant in front to create similar words that rhyme: cat, bat, rat, and so on. The next day, I pointed out one of our reading words: duck. See the uck, I said. And we again began trying to find all the words we could make up with uck. Halfway through, I began worrying, and hoping that he'd forget one of the consonants. Ironically, we came up with over a dozen uck words without the dreaded word being mentioned.

Robin's and Camflock's comments reminded me of a story from my sister-in-law. She said when her son was little, they'd drive around town with the windows open. The son loved construction equipment. He could not, however, pronounce "tr" as in truck and all tr sounds came out as "f" sounds. Ending sounds also were sometimes dropped, as the "p" in dump. Construction workers sent daggers with their eyes as the little boy yelled out the window pointing to their general vicinity, "Dum(p) Truck!"

6 comments:

The Seasons of Life said...

Had William mentioned the missing consonant, the dreaded word might still have been avoided by teaching him f-i-r-e-t-r-u-c-k. (a remnant from my sordid childhood.....sorry!)

Luv ya, Robin

Camflock said...

This is part of the reason we began speech. Some word just didn't come out "right."

Junosmom said...

Robin and Camflock, your comments reminded me of a story by my sister-in-law which I've added to the blog body. Thank you!

Packsaddle said...

That is exactly the kind of innocence I want back, that childlike courage to be candid and yet sincere, to say bad words and not even know they are bad.

Arby said...

Since I follow your blog, I thought I'd go public with the news and bump up your fan base by one.

pita-woman said...

I was on the edge of my seat,fearing where that story was headed. ;)
I can remember my father chasing me, (yes, chasing me from our house to my grandmothers where I hid in a closet!)so I could receive a spanking for having said some bad word as a child, perhaps damn or hell... I hadn't even ever heard the "f" word at that point in my life. How times have changed!

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