Phonetics. Is it odd that the mere mention of them fills me with fear, uncertainty and stubborn-jaw-setting attitudes?
I don’t know about you, but when I was a child ‘A’ was a letter that made the sound ‘ah’… but it was called ‘A’ . (which is like a cow making the sound ‘moo’ but being called cow in my mind). But for Eden ‘A’ will both be called ‘ah’ and say ‘ah’. And i immediately find myself finding reasons why this is dumb – which in itself is dumb, because in a rational discussion I see why it is easier to learn to read and write because phonetics. But in my stubbornness this is dumb, because what about all of the examples in the English language that break the rules? Like Aegean (ok that’s not specifically english…) & space & ache????
So as I find myself teaching eden about numbers & colours and letters I don’t know what to do. Obviously the alphabet song is out. I don’t know the ‘curly cuh’ rules (except that one apparently). Is there a place where those of us who were taught the old way can now learn the new way? Or do I have to wait till he is at school and brings worksheets home that explain it?