My daughter is just learning to read. She is having difficulty with some words because of the way they are spelt.
Today's word is THE.
Every time she gets to this word I can see her mind working extra hard to figure it out.
She has brought it to my attention and I can see why this word is hard for her to learn.
Here are some of the things she has said to me:
T.H.E. does not spell "the"
Mom are you sure it is not Tha
No, the E is making the wrong sound, short e is a "eh" sound that would make the word sound like theh.
No, the "e" is not silent, that would just sound like TH
Mommy, this is just not right, why do some people say it like Thee, that first e is not the long e sound.
So you can see my frustration and hers. This child over analyzes everything, so just telling her how to say it and then how to spell it, does not work. I may end up losing my mind before she learns to read.
No wonder the poor kid is having so many problems in the reading department. So what were some hard words for you and your little ones to learn?