Saturday, October 22, 2011
This morning Younger Daughter read the title of "Why Johnny Can't Read, and What You Can Do About it." In general, she is doing much less guessing and much more sounding out (although if she's being careless, she still guesses — for instance, she tried to read "knight" as "kangaroo" this morning.)
When she makes mistakes now, they are more likely to be what I think of as "good" mistakes — that is, mistakes that result from applying phonetic rules to strangely spelled words. For instance, she was looking over my shoulder the other day, and correctly read "grown", except she pronounced it to rhyme with "crown." In my book, that's a good mistake, but a weird spelling. Why should "grown" and "groan" have wildly different spellings but the same pronunciation?