Mom: Spell bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Not bad, bed. Child: B-A-D. Mom: Ok, we'll try again later.
October 26, 2011 8:18 PM Subscribe
How do you teach a 6-year old to recognize vowels in the middle of a word? Ask him to spell 'bed' out loud and he will say 'b-a-d.' Ask him to write 'bed' and he will write 'b-a-d.' Yet if he reads 'bed' out loud, he will say it correctly and he knows what it is. Any tools or techniques that will help him learn?
posted by Soda-Da to Education (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
He does this with other words, not just bed. His mom showed him the different shape your mouth makes when you pronounce a short 'a' vs. a short 'e' but it didn't make a difference.
The child is my friend's son. He is in first grade in the US and English is his first language. His hearing is fine and he has no known attention-deficit or learning issues. The parents are going to discuss this with the teacher but, for now, they are stumped on how to help him. And what do you even call what he's doing? I'm sure educators would not call it "mixing up vowels."