joining words

Mac has been telling us things he wants over the last few days.

On Saturday I asked him if he had an idea for a design on his wheels.  He said YES.

I asked him to spell it for me on the Macaw.

A – B – E  – N – T – E – N

It took me a few seconds to work it out.  A Ben 10 design is what he is after.

Funnily enough – neither Mac or I have ever caught an episode of Ben 10 on TV.  He just knows Ben 10 is cool because that is what the kids talk about.

I checked whether he knows it is just “Ben 10” not “A-Ben 10” he said YES.  I asked was the ‘A’ just the first word of what he was wanting to tell me… YES.

I picked up some paraphernalia today so will try and sort something out tomorrow for him.

Today he brought home a note from school about bringing in some materials to make a container to carry an egg.  I asked him if he had any ideas what he wanted to take in… the answer (of course) YES.

A – B – I – T – O – F – C – A – D – B – O

I asked if I could try and guess the rest.  Mac does this using auditory scanning and the entire alphabet – it isn’t the fastest method, and quite tiring for him.

I gave it a stab…  “A bit of cardboard?”

YES … (phew)

I had to laugh – all that energy for the “A BIT OF” just to start the sentence.   I guess it gives me an indication he should be able to progress to sentence building with the right software options.

I explained how ‘cardboard’ was spelt – he thought that the ‘R’ in card was a bit sneaky.


Filed under Accessing the Curriculum, first grade here I come, things that make me go "glll"

7 responses to “joining words

  1. I think it’s a bit sneaky too!

    I remember very well seeing the first stirs of the Ben 10 phenomenon in a well-known shopping centre.

    HOW COOL it will be to have them on his chair.

    (It could also have been Cadbury’s chocolate, it being nearly Easter and the school holidays!)

  2. Wow – he is amazing. How old is he? My ‘regular’ 6 year old can’t spell anything other than her name! Go Mac!

  3. Way to go Mac! I can;t wait to see the Ben 10 designs! Cooper thinks he is Ben 10 and his teachers need to call him that for him to respond or even listen in class 🙂 Bron xoxo

  4. Gina

    Don’t stress Alison, Mac turns seven in June – he’s an ‘old guy’. He’s already done a year at school (where he obviously took some stuff in LOL)

  5. Susan, Mum to Molly

    I’d say he’s been paying attention since long before school Gina… And I’m quite sure that it you & S who should be taking credit for that. Go team Mac! You rock!!

  6. Julie

    Well for you Aussies the “R” in cardboard is tricky with that beautiful accent but here in the States it’s quite clear it is there! HA HA HA!

    Gina I am just totally amazed by Mac…I really can’t believe all that he can communicate. I MEAN REALLY – IT IS SO AMAZING!

  7. Gina

    Thanks Jules. It is quite amazing. I feel like I am in that ‘giddy’ phase where everything your toddlers do (sitting/crawling/walking/talking) is amazing, breathtaking, funny. I think I am enjoying this phase in a similar way. This is Mac’s ’emergence’ it is very cool. Can’t wait until we can have him doing all this more independently – couple of years and we might just be there.

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