Monday, 28 September 2009

Elephants...


In the car on the way home from school. H7 has been learning English (at her Welsh school).

H7: I know a trick for spelling the word 'because'.

Me: Do you sweetie?

H7: Yes. It goes: Big Elephants Can Always Upset Little Elephants.

(Proud pause from H7.)

Me: Um... (Marking letters on fingers... doing it again... B. E. C. A. U. L. E.) Er, Little Elephants?

H7: No! Small ones! Small Elephants mummy!

R5: I know one too!

Me: Go on then.

R5: Big Giraffes Can Always Upset Small Giraffes!

Me: Er... no...

R5: Big Lions Can...

H7 and Me: No...!

R5: Big Tigers...?

H7 and Me: No...!

R5: I had veggie fingers for lunch!

Me: That's nice sweetie.

10 comments:

  1. Brilliant! I loved this Mags. Just inspired bless 'em! xx

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  2. Very funny - I like to write these down and remind the boys as they get older

    I also like the idea of veggie fingers - kind of an oxymoron.

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  3. Wonderful non sequitur there! Absolutely esential to write these things down Mags, they are so easily forgotten.
    Our favourite spelling trick is Oh U Lazy Dog for the -ould in would and could.

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  4. But clearly I need spelling lessons too. Insert an extra "S" in essential at your leisure...

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  5. There's one about the sequence of dressage markers too - something about All King Edward's Horses Carry Many Black Feet or something stupid!

    Oooh, just found this: http://www.equiworld.net/uk/sports/dressage/arenas.htm - essential knowledge for a Tuesday . . .

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  6. BB: Thanks for the link! I'd forgotten those from my dressage days.

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  7. You've told this so beautifully, allowing us all to go along for that charming ride.

    (Also love the photo of elephants about to get their feet wet.)

    xo

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  8. Aren't they great?! As Patsy says, it is so important to write them down. I know I have forgotten hundreds of similar 'magic moments' of linguistic gymnastics with my girls as they've been learning to communicate.

    A fleeting exchange in the car on the way home from school - well done for catching it and immortalising it.

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I am sorry to have to add word verification thing again but I keep getting spammed.