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 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

I will cry real tears when this child stops spelling phonetically.

Life is awesome, amIright? I mean, what 8-year-old boy doesn’t want a Cowasocee dirt bike? Especially one that is fun and not at all scary? For doing cool jumps and stuff?


Oh; but wait.

 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times

I swear it didn’t actually hit the floor. It was more like it kinda rolled out.

  • http://motherhoodisanart.wordpress.com motherhoodisanart


  • http://freebirdmani.wordpress.com freebirdmani

    Sweet, made me lol :)

  • http://freebirdmani.wordpress.com freebirdmani

    Sweet, made me laugh.

  • http://ravinranting.wordpress.com ravinj

    It could be worse. His capitalizations don’t look like they’re linked to an attempt to avoid letter reversals (of which there are none), and his phonemic awareness is translating to the actual spelling rules a good part of the time. (Example: he put silent e’s on the end of words such as “like”.)

    He also has good sentence structure and grammar going on, for the most part, and proper punctuation. He can write a whole paragraph without being paralyzed with anxiety because a word might be spelled wrong. Overall, this is very good writing.
    He’s still got plenty of time to learn to spell and, at worst, to learn to use a spell checker.

    Phonetic spelling drives me batty, too.

    • http://highlyirritable.wordpress.com Jeni

      I just absolutely fell in love with you, kind reader. This was lovely for you to say, and I think I learned more than I have this whole year in regards to his work.

      Thank you. :)

      • http://ravinranting.wordpress.com ravinj

        No problem. I’ll be happy if my daughter’s rough drafts look as good by the end of 4th grade. I’ve found having her focus on one thing at a time is key. Writing well takes a whole host of skills, and while some people develop them interconnectedly, others will advance easily in one area and deal with significant challenges in others.
        I’ve learned to focus on the positive when evaluating a composition. We save spelling for it’s own focus time in the editing process.

      • http://lifestooshorttoplaypossum.wordpress.com lifestooshorttoplaypossum

        Does anyone else just totally just want to hug that guy?

  • http://memyselfandkids.wordpress.com memyselfandkids

    A good laugh – thanks.
    What’s your problem with hamsters?

    • http://highlyirritable.wordpress.com Jeni

      Yeah…I should probably have the attic checked for asbestos. ;)

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  • http://masalachica.wordpress.com Masala Chica

    Well, that hamster’s passing looked pretty traumatic. Wow.

    I love cowasakee bikes. even more than i love hrlees.

    I think that he is going to be just fine. Once he gets past the hamster, of course.

  • http://nurturedchildrengrow.com Karen Szillat

    I was busy laughing until I saw the hamster! I am now reliving the trauma from when my hamster Snuggles wouldn’t wake up! I refused to sleep in the “death room” (my bedroom) for at least a week! Man, hamsters are so cute…

  • http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com The Sadder But Wiser Girl

    :-) My daughter is learning to read and write and tries to spell everything out phonetically too. It is just too darn cute! I’m not sure what made me giggle more, the Cow a socee or the dramatic illustration of his hamster buying the farm (it was just cute, even if it was a traumatic experience.) I love kids-they are so entertaining!

  • http://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com naomimgruer

    Love this! When one of my daughters was 5, she wrote that she dressed up as a “DAZE” for Halloween. (translation: daisy). Since your writing is so funny, you might like my humorous posts under the category “Think Tank” on my blog, https://bmoreenergy.wordpress.com. :)

  • http://theredneckprincess.net Redneckprincess

    Aww… Kids rock don’t they :)

  • http://twitter.com/frelle Jenna Farelyn (@frelle)

    This was a great post, thanks for linking it up! Im a fellow Jeni as well :)

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