As a writer and teacher (but primarily as a parent) I cannot deny the importance of basic numeracy and literacy. To this end my wife and I play a lot of word games with our youngest son (5 at the time of writing) to help develop his vocabulary, spelling and reading.
Animal Alphabet is one of the favourites (especially after our visit to Chester Zoo over the Easter break as it was getting a little boring), but I have to report that my son has taken ‘eye spy’ to olympic levels.
What started as ‘Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with C’, ‘Car’ etc has taken a more competitive turn with my youngest using C for the corner we had just driven around etc etc. Whilst I am delighted with the development of his vocab and the opportunity to be able to discuss spelling (he used f for phone box – so we had a conversation about the phonics of ph), it is making the game a little more poetic (‘something beginning with S and D’ – sunny day or ‘b and s’ – blue sky)
However nothing could have prepared me for what happened yesterday.
‘Do you want to play eye spy Dad? You start.’
‘Eye spy with my little eye something beginning with….’ as I thought for a moment (and drove the car out of our road).
‘I bet it’s B for basket ball hoop’ he said smugly.
I don’t even need to say the letters! I mentally changed it to ‘L and S’ for ‘little….’