Today during Writing Workshop, I worked with Sophia. She came in a struggling learner and has made slow progress. We’ve worried about her and have had her parents working with her on some of the concepts she’s had trouble with – with limited success.
As I helped her with her writing, I got quite a shock.
“What’s the next word in your sentence?” I asked.
“My grampy and me made a snowman… made, it’s made,” she replied.
“Hmmm, made isn’t on our wordlist…” I began.
Each child has a copy of their word lists from our daily sight word work in their writing folder. As they write, if a word is on their list, they can simply copy it… if not, they use their alphabet chart to sound out the word… Made isn’t on the list and I knew it.
“Well, made isn’t on our list, but make is… if I just change the /k/ to a /d/ that will be made!” She exclaimed.
With that, my mouth dropped open and I was left speechless.
After a few seconds I told her how smart she is and then walked over to tell Mrs. D. and any other adult I could get my hands on. Sometimes their smartness amazes me.