Learning to Read

12:30 PM

Queenie is learning something new this year: Homework s-t-i-n-k-s

Yep, folks, she has homework. Do first graders have homework in the US? I am just going to assume so. It was bound to happen at some point, right?

Thing is, after a day that starts at 8:40 and ends at 4pm (except Monday when she goes 45 minutes longer) it is hard to get a 5 year old to understand that she has to come home and work. Arg! She doesn't want to!

Besides learning to read she is having her first spelling test on Thursday. Queenie is a firstborn, girl so you can rightly assume that she is a perfectionist and cannot understand why there are some things that she can't just DO right the first time she does it. When I explained what a test was I don't think she really understood it because her big grin didn't change. As though whatever she was imagining in her head was actually fun.

Hmmmmm. She might get a really big surprise this Thursday.

So yesterday we were practicing her spelling list. There are only six words: le, la (masculine and feminine form of 'the'), vu (past tense of 'see'), vélo (bike) and Mamie (a nickname for 'grandma').

I have her read them to me to practice her reading. Of course this list consists of the few sounds they had learned to read so far.

"Le. La. Veeeeelo."
"Very good."
"No, vu."
"Maman." (pronounced  MAMO)

She accepts the corrections but when it comes to the last word and she gets corrected again I can see the frustration building in her until she explodes:

"No! MA-MI is spelled M-O-M-M-Y! I KNOW that!"

Poor little thing had tears in her eyes.

Yes, becoming tri-lingual is a gift, a super gift. Once it is all well and learned. But sometimes learning it all s-t-i-n-k-s!

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