The phenomenon is being seen across the board with all my friends with preschoolers. Maybe it's just developmentally appropriate or maybe I have a right to blame Word World. My life has become a spelling bee. All day long I am forced to spell. It was starting to get out of hand with words like "firefighter" and "sidewalk" so I had to utilize that age old trick of redirection.
Kristen: How about "dog?" Duh O Gug.
Or something like that.
Ethan: D. O. G.
Ethan: How about cow?
Kristen: Cuh O wah.
I think I could have done better than that. Especially for a Hooked on Phonics graduate (hello, decade of the 70s).
Kristen: Well, no. Actually it's C.
Ethan: But MOM. It sounds like your letter.
Kristen: I know. It's complicated.
Two minutes later we were at it with "cat."
Ethan: K. A. T.
Kristen: Actually it's C.
Ethan: BUT MOM! Mom. Mom.
Kristen: New policy. Just defer to C.
Ethan: But YOUR name starts with a K.
Kristen: My name is like one of the only names that start with K.
My husband looked at me.
Kristen: I mean, other than kite, kangaroo and kitchen.
My husband continued to look at me.
Kristen: Just guess C. I promise you'll do better.
Isn't this the computer generation anyway? Spell check will be messing up his "there" and "their" options before long. I would just like a good solid non-kat every once in a while.