Samantha is currently obsessed with spelling and letters. She can name most of her letters and knows the sounds half of them make, but she can’t spell. Well, she can spell her name, but that’s it. I should be happy about her interest in letters and words. It’s a sign she’s getting close to being able to read. (I can’t wait until she can read a book to herself.) I take it as a sign she’s going to be an avid learner, which is good, right?
The problem is, I hear this all day long: “Mommy, what does tree start with? Mommy, what does fish start with? Mommy, what does house start with? Mommy, what does shoe start with? ” She never remembers what words start with, she’s just talking to talk. She’ll ask me what tree starts with, then two minutes later ask me again. When I ask her what it starts with, since I just told her, she doesn’t remember. I have been able to make the sound of the first letter the last couple days, and she’ll get that sometimes.
As annoying as it is to name the first letter of everything she sees, even more annoying is her attempts at spelling. “Mommy, what does pqzxy spell? Mommy, what does nqtrl spell? Mommy, what does vyxrp spell?”
It drives me NUTS! She never puts a vowel in anything and gets mad when I tell her it doesn’t spell anything. I. Can’t. Stand. hearing this nonsense all day long! I just want to scream at her YOU NEED TO USE A VOWEL! Of course, it would do no good since she doesn’t know a vowel from a hole in the ground. Plus, I don’t want to discourage her interest.
She also is obsessed with using the letters q, x, and z when she spells. Come on! Those letters are not in that many words. Maybe if she used s, t, or e sometimes, she’d actually spell something.
I wonder if Wheel of Fortune is still on the air? Maybe if I let her watch that I can say to her, you need to buy a vowel.