Friday, 18 September 2009

Spellings for Beginners

Youngest enormously proud of his spelling achievements this week.
Actually has a List of Spellings to learn. Like a Big Boy.
Last one on the list is, inexplicably, SHAMPOO.
He learns it.
Off by heart.
At breakfast this morning we Test Him on his Spellings
Like a Big Boy.
'How do you spell SHAMPOO?' we ask.
'SHER-AAA-MER-PER-O-O,' he says with a Pink Look of Pride.
'Hooray!' we all call out, and clap, loudly.
Daughter claps too.
'Right,' she says briskly, 'Now spell CONDITIONER.'
Youngest Visibly Deflates.
'Oh, alright then,' says Daughter, brightly, 'Try ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM.'
Poor Youngest. Crushed, he was.
Aren't Siblings just the best?


geraldgee said...

Hope you gave him a cuddle? xx

Neas Nuttiness said...

Aaaaaaaaw poor youngest,and I think that quite often, the sister siblings are meaner than the brother siblings - what's with that?

Alix said...

Antidisestablishmentarianism? How old is Daughter?

She sure is a witty one.

Ladybird World Mother said...

gg - sure did! Couldnt bear the look on his face of depletion... poor little mite.
NN - no idea, but so agree! They can be just so MEAN! x
Alix - she's nine. And is thrilled to know that word. She cant quite get her head around floccinaucinihilipilification yet. She cannot BELIEVE that there is such a word. thinks I am making it up. Tee hee.x

imbeingheldhostage said...

secretly teach him how to spell the word

It was my oldest son's favourite party trick to whip out on know it alls that tried to make him look bad :-)

Diane said...

He'll get her back... when she least expects it. And you'll blog about it so we can all chuckle ;)

Anonymous said...

Reminds me of my brother and I - except that he'd spell it correctly, I'd feel cheated and hit him.

Shocking behaviour. Don't think we ever fully recovered.

Robynn's Ravings said...

Sibs. They keep us ever trampled, er, humbled!

Expat mum said...

My little guy is learning to wtite - three letter words at the moment, but he's obsessed with the word "soup". Puts it into every sentence he can. I don't even know where he got it from.

Lakeland Jo said...

that's girls for you

Catharine Withenay said...

Ah, the joys of bizarre spelling words.

Think I've moved to a posh area. Son has the word 'cappuccino' to spell this week! Is that important at the age of 8?

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Ladybird World Mother said...

imbeingheldhostage - oh how I love that word... what in hells name does it MEAN??!!
Diane - he will, and I will. Sounds like a plan to me!
Matthew - sometimes its the only thing you can do... give a good thump. problem is, there was always someone looking!
Robynn - trampled, definitely trampled!
EM - that is just so sweet... can we have an example, PLEASE!!! ( he should go over to Traction man blog, he could write soup in every comment!)
LJ - sure bloomin is. dont you just love 'em.x
CW - I think that is just priceless! Where in god's name do you live!!! xx
Dan - loved the link but then realised I had to pay for it.. which put me off. But is a really good idea... if mine are ever struggling, will have it in mind.