Monday, January 5, 2009

My Life is a Freakin' Spelling Bee...

All day long from Asher....

"How spell......?" "How spell.....?" It was endearing at first, but when he yells from his bed "How spell grill cheese saaawiches?" when he should be fast asleep, (as he did last night) it feels less so. It also makes my brain hurt by the end of the day, visualizing word after word and recalling the correct spelling. It reminds me of the headaches I would have when I was studying abroad in South America and trying to learn some fast, mad Spanish.

Sometimes he will ask me to spell a word and I'll get distracted and misspell the word. Asher will get a sly smile on his face and say, "Close", then proceed to spell the word correctly. "Little dude, why are you making me spell words you already know?" I want to know.

He can spell gorilla. He can spell astronaut, dancing dinosaurs (thank you Starfall), and every kid's name in his preschool class. His mind is built for this stuff. Which is great....it's wonderful to have a kid who just gets how to learn....it makes me less guilty for focusing so much of my time and effort on the other child who doesn't pick things up so quickly.

But just like every kid, Asher has a couple of really big strengths, a lot of things he does fine, and has a few things he needs to work on. I'll never understand how a 4-year old who can spend 30-40 minutes at a sitting reading and sounding out words can't find the focus to put his socks on for 10 seconds. Or even more worrisome, a child who has spelled "boy" and "girl" since he was two years old, and can't consistently figure out the correct gender of those around him.

How do you spell, "CONUNDRUM?"

6 comments:

Kage said...

during my morning fog and times of stress, big sis chooses to ask me math problems.

Mom, what's 142 plus 27.

I have no idea...no more math questions.

Razzy said...

I'm pretty sure Asher can spell better then me. Teach him to spell "sheets" before he has a lifetime of misery over the word.

Jen said...
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Jen said...

You mean "better THAN me?" Just kidding....sort of. Luckily, you have many, many, many good qualities that are much more important than being a good speller in a world of spellcheck.

Poor Kelli, we were so mean to you. But seeing "blue sh*its" on a Christmas list is just too funny to let pass.

Anonymous said...

When Tami was little she would rattle off some letters and ask me what they spelt. I would come up with some word that made her happy. One day in the car on the way to Portland she asked," what does T O Y O T A spell?"
I was about to come up with something when to my amazment I said TOYOTA ! I looked around and there wasnt one in front of us at that moment, but I must have been following one while she pondered the word. NOW I ask her how things are spelt! :} Luv, Aunti Jan

Chloe said...

Oh, Jen - you have your hands full with those boys. Maybe someday you can find a way to make money off of Asher's skeelz...National Spelling Bee?