sounding things out

sounding things out

My new favorite thing is to listen to Simon read. He’s been really good at it for a long time, but I’m just realizing that it doesn’t necessarily all come so naturally. I mean, it does, but it doesn’t. There are just so many words that he’s reading now that he’s never heard before. Or if he’s heard them, he doesn’t know what they look like.

Take “pa-RAD-ix” for example. Or that is what he kept saying when he was telling me about it. I couldn’t figure it out, no matter how many times he repeated it to me. He finally got the book to show me: “paradox.”

And this morning he was reading a book we got him for Christmas to Oliver. “APP-oh-loh” I heard him say. I looked at the book. It was Moonshot. “Apollo” is what he meant.

There are many more that I can’t think of at the moment, but I wanted to record for posterity this fun quirk that kind of illustrates the level of his asynchronous development. I’m sure he’ll get a kick out of itin years to come.

2 thoughts on “sounding things out

  1. Oh the joys (frustration? bewilderment?) of spelling vs. pronunciation. When I was in 2nd grade, I read a sign I was sure said the attraction was closed for “reff-ur-BISH-ing” (refurbishing). And I’m too embarrassed to say how old I was when I finally realized “CAL-ee-ope” (the name of our school literary publication) and calliope (“cuh-LYE-oh-pee,” the circus organ I was pleased to know the name of) were one and the same. Enjoy (and record) Simon’s great attempts at navigating English spelling!

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