Ever since our 3yo (nearly 4) learned how to spell her name, she started saying something funny at bedtime just as I or my husband (whoever is laying her down that night) leave the room.
She loves to say:
“Don’t forget your word! Don’t forget: It’s [her name, correctly spelled]. That spells [her name] … and ‘word.'”
(And her pronunciation, usually pretty clear, makes this sound like, “Don’t ferget yer werd”!!!)
First off, how can a word, spelled out, spell two words??
Usually her spelling is, well, hit-or-miss. She’s still a wee one, right? But it still reminds me, as it did two months ago, of a humorous portion of “The Stand.” I mean, she can spell some basic words, which is fun to practice with her and see her pride, but I’m not expecting her to start writing sentences anytime soon.
Especially not after tonight, when there was this exchange:
Toddler: “Don’t forget your word, dad! Don’t forget, it’s S-H-A-S-H.”
Husband: “Uhh … shash?”
Toddler: “Yeah! Don’t forget your word!”
But does it also spell “word?”
I just can’t wait to hear what comes out tomorrow!