Monday, October 22, 2012

M is for...

Last year in preschool Rachel learned an alphabet song. It's rather long and involved, as it has a word for every letter and the kids learned the sign language to go along with each letter and word, but we sing it all the time now. I can't remember all the words all the time but that's okay because we just make them up as we go along—it's not difficult...it's the alphabet. Rachel ended up scoring very high on her beginning of the year evaluation when she was asked to name the first letter of various words and I like to think it's in part because of this song because now Miriam's quite interested in singing this song for every word she comes across.


Rachel's original performance is in this video (at 1:33) but the song we sing varies greatly because, like I said, you can throw any word into the song:




Miriam was trying to read an alphabet book the other day and it went a little like this:

"Q is for duck. Quah! Quah! Duck! R is for bunny! Rrr! Rrr! Bunny! S is for sun! Sss! Sss! Sun! T is for tree! Trr! Trr! Tree!"

We were all laughing up a storm but she couldn't quite figure out why so she just kept on singing.

On the way home from church on Sunday Miriam, who had been sitting quietly in her seat, suddenly announced, "Mom! We have the same letter! Mmm! Mmm! Miriam! Mmm! Mmm! Mom!"

She's been thrilled about that discovery all day today. At lunch she found out that monkey and marshmallow and milk and mango all "have" the very same letter, too.

We made up a song together at lunch to help her remember how to spell her name. There isn't actually a tune so I suppose it's more of a chant. This is how it goes:

M-I-R-
I-A-M!
That's how you spell Miriam!
She's so smart!
She's so fun!
That's why we love Miriam!

M-I-R
I-A-M!
That's how you spell Miriam!
She's so cute!
She's so fun!
That's why we love Miriam!

She tried to make up a song for me and this is kind of how it went:

M-O-M
M-O-M
That's how you spell Mommy!
She's smart and cute because I love her!
That's why we love Mommy!

I was happy to learn that the reason I'm smart and cute is because she loves me. Where would I be without my little letter-sharer? In a less wise and less beautiful place than I am now, that's for sure!

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