I was looking through the large stack of papers that Niamh had shoved in her back pack from the last day of school. She’s a kindergarten graduate now. I found her journal.
I have been dying to get a look at this all year. Every now and then she’d bring me in the classroom and we would look for it, but for whatever reason, we could never find this one. All we could ever find was the first journal of the year. I wanted this one because I knew it contained more of her “best guess spelling”. The first journal was mostly drawings.
Understanding best guess spelling is like cracking a code. But, I think I am getting pretty good at it. It is phonics at its simplest. Just sound out the dang letter, add it to the sound of the letter before, and then the one after. Forget the letters you don’t actually pronounce when you say a word. Forget about all those rules you learn in 2nd grade. Kindergarteners don’t know those rules yet.
I was ready to sit down for a good chuckle and a challenge. I wasn’t ready for this.
Not at all what I was expecting. Sigh. Gulp. Sigh. Sniff.