For the last couple years, my husband and I have managed to semi-successfully employ an age-old parenting trick: spelling covert stuff in front of the kids.
“Did you remember to pack some S-N-A-C-K-S?”
“They need to decide which T-O-Y-S they want to give away before Christmas.”
“Don’t forget, P’s friend’s mom is P-R-E-G-N-A-N-T — we’d better bring something other than wine.”
But last night, when I turned to Al and said, “Just so you know, I ordered that S-C-O-O-T-E-R for Baby B today,” my 4-year-old glanced up and gave us a look.
“He already has a scooter,” she said. “Is it broken or something?”
Well. Game over.
If you would ALSO like to sabotage your secret spelling language so that your child will forever be able to involve themselves in every conversation whether you want them to or not, I’m happy to share some sneaky ways we accidentally practice reading. They’re “sneaky” because our preschooler thinks they’re just inherently fun, and that’s the key — turn it into a game, and they’ll want to play.
Note: These activities work best when the child has some base knowledge of letter recognition (both sight and sound). Continue reading