Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Levitical Sayings

My Grandfather coined the phrase as it applies to the crazy things Levi comes up with. 'Levitical Sayings' can be strange vocabulary words (from a four, now five, year old), or anything else of note that springs out of his mouth from his overactive imagination.

Levi and I are polar opposites when it comes to personality. I am an 'in-the-box' thinker. He is, most decidedly, an 'out-of-the-box' thinker just like his father. Teaching him will be an education all it's own for me. It is important that I appreciate his gift instead of struggling against it.

After working through part of our phonics book, we began to use sight words flash cards to introduce him to words he would encounter frequently in his reading. One single word on a card. Apparently he prefers to use this as a 'jumping-off point.' If he can focus long enough to read the word (which is asking quite a bit), I usually also get a handful of rhyming words or a sentence using the word. If the word is a verb, it is often acted out as well. Not a problem. (Although it can take a very long time to read 5 words.) Where it gets interesting, is when an easy, two-letter word is not exciting enough. His imagination chooses to see something other than (or beyond) what is written on the card. For example:

The word on the card is "we."
Levi: " dress!!"

The word on the card is "come."
Levi: "!!"

The word on the card is "all."
Levi: (no attempt to sound it out) "parallel!!"

Maybe I'll make my own set of flashcards with words such as peculiar or fascinating and skip the words the and and. Now that I think of it, that's not a bad idea. We would probably both enjoy ourselves.


Meliss said...

Kids are so entertaining! My daughter's name is Sophie and we call her sayings "Sophisms."

Heidi said...

I love it!