Trying to Teach Abbreviations

There are so many things I find hard to teach, with one of my hardest being sight words. Why do I find them so hard to teach? Because I have a second grader who has to have a reasonable, valid explanation for everything. He needs to know why “night” is spelled with a “gh.” Then he needs to know why “knight” is spelled with a “k;” after all there are other words that are spelled the same but have different meanings.

Next for most difficult is teaching word abbreviations. Yes, these fall under the same concept of sight words; meaning he is just supposed to know them when he sees them. But again with the explanations! Why does “Mrs.” have an “r” in it? Why is “Avenue” abbreviated “Ave.” when “Road,” “Drive” and “Street” are only two letter abbreviations? I have said “because that’s JUST THE WAY IT IS” more times than I should. I dislike that explanation, but end up throwing my hands up in frustration.

I am glad that he doesn’t just take everything at face value, and that he really wants to know what he is asking, but it can be hard to keep our groove going when we end up so off track sometimes, lol.

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Second Grade is SO Much Different from First Grade!

That’s what my youngest son said to me when he started second grade. I had to explain to him that that’s generally what happens every time you go up a grade…things get a little harder each year. He then promptly told me that he would be just fine hanging out in first grade thank you very much, lol.

When my oldest thought back to when started second grade, he said he felt older.  When I asked him what he meant, he said he felt like he went from “little kid” to “bigger kid.” I thought that was a pretty good description. So I tried to use that with my youngest. He said he didn’t feel older, he just felt like it was more work. Out of the mouths of babes, huh? :)

I have known for a while that even thought my sons have so many similarities, they are also very different. I think this year is really going to prove that further. I’m looking forward to seeing what the year holds!

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