The other day my son was sitting at the kitchen table reciting and then spelling words. This is a new pastime for him. I am thrilled he is finally showing interest in the written word. Books have not held a lot of interest for him up until now. You can imagine this is sometimes perplexing for me. I am an avid reader, and writer. He has always had a lot of access to books, which all the research literature points to as one of the best ways to encourage early literacy in your child. And alas, he couldn’t care less.
So even though the repetitive conversation can sometimes feel tiresome, I am so excited that he wants to spell new and bigger words, that I indulge him.
“Hey mom, I can spell (fill in the blank).”
“Let’s hear it then.”
I don’t even remember what the word was but he spelled it correctly.
And I said, “Yep, that’s right.”
Sounds innocent enough, right? But his reaction really took me by surprise –