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It's O-R-A-N-G-E

September 17, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
Who doesn't make their kid study for their very first spelling test? This mom right here. And, whose kid got a wrong answer on their very first spelling test? This mom's kid. Yup. Mom of the year. It wasn't laziness on my part. It was over-confidence. After quickly glancing at the spelling list, I was completely convinced Julie would ace the test. Cat, bat, fat, mat. She had those words in the bag. Throw in the extra credit words: red, blue and orange. No biggie. Well, we got burned on "orange." Granted it was one of the extra credit words, but if I had quizzed her just once, she maybe wouldn't have written "oanrge" on the test. Oops. Just goes to show you can't let your kids glide through school, even if you do think they're pretty great. I couldn't help but give Julie the benefit of the doubt. This is the girl who, last spring, while sitting outside by the firepit, randomly wowed us by spelling and defining the word "debt." Her kindergarten teacher had been reviewing silent letters, and that word stuck in Julie's mind. After that, we quizzed her all the time on different words, hard words for a kindergartner. "Bright, house, heavy, interesting, creative." She seemed to know how to spell pretty much anything we threw out there. I guess that's why it's called the summer slide. Our crazy, fun summer, which involved our big move to Chicago certainly didn't involve spelling tests, or much schoolwork at all. So, this week I'm drilling my first grader to death. I don't care how well she thinks she knows the "an" family words, and she is so not missing "BROWN." It's 100 percent this Friday.


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