Monday, February 11, 2008

Rhyming Woes!!

For those of you who have had the pleasure of spending time with Max lately you will appreciate this story. He is learning all about rhyming words at school. Therefore, he enjoys having someone (anyone really) say a word and he will find a word that rhymes with it. He is actually getting pretty good. I will have to admit that at times Max does get stuck and on any given day he chooses a certain letter to substitute for the initial sound in the word (if he is having trouble coming up with a real word).

Ex:
Max: Mom say a word.
Me: Okay, cat
Max: hat
Me: good job Max, how about lake
Max: uh, hake
(now you kind of get the drift, not really a word but he is trying)

This evening I hear Max and Sam in their room playing. I had actually just mentioned to Chad that things were a little to quite for comfort. So I go to their bedroom to listen at the door and I hear Max giving Sam a rhyming lesson and I notice the sound of the evening was /f/ (ex: cat, fat ect). I thought it was cute and went on about my business. A little while later, Sam comes running into the kitchen and had a choice rhyme to share with his father that he was repeating over and over and over again.

Sam: daddy . . . . tuck -- __uck (I am going to let you fill in the missing sound of the evening)
he is saying it over and over and over.

I am in the other room listening to this conversation. I hear Chad say "What did you say?" So therefore Sam continues to repeat the rhyming words. Chad finally says "Go talk to your mother."

Sam comes into the family room and is quite proud of himself for this new "thing" his big brother has taught him and I see Chad standing in the door way watching to see how I am going to handle the situation. I say "good rhyme Sam, lets try another one" My diversion does not work, he does not want mommy to reteach what big brother has all ready taught and goes running off. Chad and I give each other looks as to say "What are you going to do?" "I do not know, you should handle this one!!" and so forth. Of course, we cannot help but laugh because our children do not know that this is a word that is not to be used. Needless to say the situation passed and we chose not to draw attention to the "undesirable" rhyme on this occasion and I am hoping that Max will not return to that "choice" sound for some time!!

6 comments:

Becky said...

Oh, Mandy, you know that may be gone but not forgotten. He will surely pull it out when it is least convenient, like Sunday School or choir:)

Ashley Allen said...

Mandy that is hilarous!! I was laughing out loud!

Kara said...

Let's hope he doesn't use it again any time soon! That is too funny! Why didn't Chad want to handle it?

BRITT said...

WE ARE KIND OF DEALING WITH THE SAME THING BUT MAYBE YOU CAN USE WHAT WE SEEM TO USE ALL THE TIME SUCH AS.....OH BRETTN THAT IS SILLY BECAUSE THAT NOT EVEN A WORD. HE IS PROBABLY STARTING TO THINK THAT HE DOES NOT HAVE A HUGE CHOICE OF VOCABULARY SINCE THAT SEEMS TO BE OUR FAVORITE SAYING THESE DAYS. I FEEL FOR YA!!!

Annie said...

Loved the story, too funny! I think I would just ignore it and go on unless it because more often "a word of the night". Just so you know, when we teach rhyming to little ones we encourage them to use any word that will rhyme. Made up words count, even when I taught first grade and I had to evaluate them as long as they gave me back a word that rhymed they got the answer correct, even if the word didn't make since. So, Aunt Annie is very proud of Max and the fact that he can hear rhymes, because many kiddos can't at his age!!! :)

Katie said...

LOL! I am sure Max will be teaching Sam many more things that you have to look forward to!