Sunday, March 4, 2012


You know how kids are always asking, “what’s this word?” when they’re learning to read?

Sometimes it can be every 10 seconds. Enough to make you want to pull your hair out.

Or tell them that reading is really over-rated and not worth practicing.

Then they clear the figurative hurdle and can just sit peacefully with a book. (Or walk through parking lots reading and blocking the sun while miraculously avoiding cars.)

And the parents and baby sitter and even grandma breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Enter chapter books.

The whole thing starts again. Take this week morning for instance.

It’s a Saturday and not even noon. With two books under Big Girl’s belt for the day I’ve already explained:

S’hant: won’t. I s’hant be able to sleep waiting for Santa.

Flaw: something that is wrong with something, usually when its new. There is a flaw in this shirt.

Then she decided to tell me what she thinks new words mean on her own. You know, from context. That is when I almost pee my pants have to try really hard not to laugh.

Orbit: To follow something around. Mommy goes into orbit when brother licks the bottom of his shoe.

Slick: a drink that is in one of those big bottles like at the gas station. It also is something to do with ice skating.

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