PerryBoy came to me early one morning for a snack. I wasn’t ready to get up yet so I lay in bed and told him to make himself a “banana dog.”
“Just get a hot dog bun, put some peanut butter on it, and use a banana in the middle instead of a hot dog. It’s just like a peanut butter banana sandwich!”
He started to complain that it was too hard, then he had an idea. “I’m going to get some paper and write the recipe!” As a homeschool mom, I loved the idea. He has just begun learning to read. He knows some of the letters and their sounds, and can sound out the very simplest 3 letter words if he focuses. This was right at his level, and it was his idea. Perfect.
I talked him through the ingredients and helped him sound out the words hot dog bun. I explained that people often write PB instead of peanut butter. I told him how to spell banana and we laughed over the repetition of the letters.
He headed for the kitchen with a recipe in his hand and a spring in his step, then stopped. He turned back to me with a look of consternation.
“But I can’t read!”