I was babysitting my nieces the other day. The one housekeeping item before lights-out was to give N. a spelling test for school.
Right up my alley! (S'long as it wasn't a Spanish or French spelling test, and it wasn't!)
We ran down the list of a dozen words or so, I corrected the two she misspelled. (She's very bright and not nearly as slow as her Uncle Turtle!)
I noticed the one word was spelled... as it sounded. Most kids I know spell words that way all the time, but this gave me an idea.
T - "You know what we call it when you spell a word like it sounds?"
N - "Ummm... no, I don't know, Uncle T."
T - "We call it phonetically. Can you say 'phonetically'?"
N - "Phon... etically."
T - "Excellent! Now, spell it!"
(do you see what's coming?)
She hands me a scrap of paper:
T - "Excellent! You know what you just did?"
N. - "What?"
T - "You just spelt 'phonetically' - phonetically!"
N. - "Yah, I guess I did!"
I have a word for YOU as well. I'll spell it, you define it:
I made this for breakfast today, thought I'd share...
In the blender..
2 cups (or so) milk
Cocoa powder till it turns dark…or to taste
Brown sugar to taste
2 teaspoons (or so) instant coffee (preferably full-lead, no decaf!)
2 Squares Wheat-a-bix cereal
1-2 Dolops of Peanut butter
Blend till smooth
…and no, it’s not gross!