Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Belly or.....?

This is our 21st year of homeschooling! It's a lifestyle we love. I've taught (or watched as they taught themselves) seven children to read.  I have a few tried and true tricks. For instance, I've taken parts of the various phonics programs we've used to create our own program. Kids often confuse lower case b and d. 



With EIGHT children I've told them "B says Buh - and has a  Big Belly"....and they've bought it. When they've confused "b" and "d".....I've simply reminded them that b has a belly.  

"Which one has the B elly - remember it says buh".

 No one has EVER questioned this.

Mini me is learning her alphabet. She got stuck. I said, "Which one has a buh buh belly?" 

She responded by pointing to "b," "This one has a buh buh belly." Just as I was about to congratulate her she continued, "But, Mom, this one (pointing to the "d" has a buh buh butt."  

I was stunned! I later told our 25 yo daughter, Bre, and she told me she'd always wondered about that when I shared the trick. What in the world? 

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11 comments:

Jen Guyer said...

Actually I am surprised they didn't just say the d was standing in a different direction with it's belly. :-)

Vicky said...

Hilarious!

Maybe you could point out that D has a d - d - d - derriere!

Linda said...

Stacia was just brave enough to actually say it! :)

momma24 said...

I love it when they surprise us with things like that. :)

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

LOL - Great idea Vicky.

Jen - well you have a point but since the point was the way the letters stand they seemed to buy it easily enough.

Yep - that's what Bre said too, Linda.

I love the surprises too!

Renee said...

my trick was always: bed

you take the letters and write it in a basic drawing....

Stephanie said...

that is too cute!! Faith has issues with b and d. I am *so* going to tell her the belly thing and see if works (and to see if she says anything else. ha!)

Jen (aka: Photojenic) said...

Thanks for the buh-buh-belly laugh! :)

Ev said...

I thought the same thing - the d is just standing backwards. I like the "butt" idea from Stacia :)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Renee said it first...

bed

write it out and it looks like a bed with a headboard and footboard.

Julie

Cynthia said...

HAHAHA. That's HILARIOUS :)