This morning Lena was talking about studying phonics in school. They were supposed to figure out the beginning and ending sounds of words. "And you know what, Mom?" she said proudly. "There was something that only Miss Smith and I knew, out of the whole class!"

That's my girl, I thought smugly, puffing up my narcissistic chest and basing my self-esteem upon my children's achievements. Yep, my kid is the smartest in the whole class!

"Yeah," said Lena. "Only Miss Smith and I knew that the ending sound of brass is the a-word!"


  • Sounds like she's somehow gotten 'behind' in her studies.

    Bookworm Dad

    posted by Anonymous Anonymous on 12:03 PM  

  • What a smarty!

    You should be proud. It's not every kid who can find the nasty bits in words.

    posted by Blogger SuzanH on 1:13 PM  

  • LOL. Oh, boy, aren't kids wonderful?

    posted by Blogger Melissa on 2:10 PM  

  • hehehe!

    posted by Blogger Heather on 4:44 PM  

  • That is hilarious! I am pretty sure with my sailor's vocabulary that it is only a matter of time before my kids distinguish themselves in class.

    posted by Anonymous Nixie Knox on 7:11 PM  

  • Aw, she done ya proud!

    posted by Blogger Running2Ks on 7:35 PM  

  • Too funny. But you know, it is usually the smart kids that pick up on those things--I have to avoid their eyes at times.

    posted by Anonymous Laura on 10:51 PM  

  • Luckily I wasn't drinking anything when I read that post, otherwise it'd've come out my nose! I've already had that conversation with the pre-school teachers...

    posted by Blogger Mummy/Crit on 7:33 AM  

  • Very perceptive girl you have there!

    posted by Blogger Suzanne on 10:21 AM  

  • Lol, Bookworm Dad. :D

    posted by Blogger mrsd on 7:11 PM  

  • Hmmm, the consensus seems to be that I should be proud rather than embarrassed. Okay, I can live with that. :)

    And thanks, Dad!

    posted by Blogger Julie on 8:51 PM  

  • Yes, you should! I tried to post, but BLogger shut down for maintenance and my commment was lost. (Enjoyed your husband's pun, so be prepared for her to also recognize "push" and "tush" lol.)

    I wrote a professional commendation of you two as parents and your daughter's ability to recognize the same ending sounds as if I was writing a report. It's gone now and was full of too much technical jargon.

    Bottomline (ouch, I'm doing it, too)... is what you already know! She's very language oriented auditorally and visually, no doubt from genetics and the environment at home! I have undergraduate and graduate degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology.... Apart from that, there is the "animal" to think of, not just the body part. However, I'm a believer that all words are for learning. It's how and when (or if) the words are used. I'm proud of her.

    posted by Anonymous SilverMoon on 9:46 PM  

  • "Out of the mouth of babes..."

    posted by Blogger Fred on 9:23 AM