Difficult To Learn And Easy To Confuse Them
As I was home-schooling my son,
I began to empathize with my teachers,
Understood why on us they would pick.
Besides the stress we had put them through,
How the language itself would’ve made them tick.
English is difficult to learn,
Easy to misunderstand,
And, some say it is extremely weird.
But, challenging it is for a 4 year old,
Therefore, his questions I’ve always feared.
He argues that N-O is ‘nu’,
And S-O is ‘su’,
As I taught him that T-O is TO.
Logically he is right,
But, correct him I must DO.
I wrote for him the words
GO, GOLDEN and GOT,
But, due to the pronunciations, we fought.
He was fine with the first two,
With the third he was definitely NOT.
As I taught him the sound of double O,
He was pleased to recognize the words
GOOD, BOOK and HOOK.
But, later that night, he saw the word FLOOR
And, away his confidence it TOOK.
Then we began with plurals
And he knew that PAN is PANS,
And CAN is CANS.
But, why is the plural of MAN MEN,
Yet the plural of VAN is VANS?
All the numbers in words,
Intentionally I didn’t teach him,
Except SIX, SEVEN, NINE and TEN.
Last month I taught him WIN and WON,
So, ONE would completely confuse him then.
As per his understanding,
He wrote a message that made me smile,
With his innocent point of view.
Surely you will love it
As his message was – I LOVE OLOFU.
As mentioned, this poem was inspired by my little man who asks a lot of questions now. I realized how confused he was with the spellings of certain words, though we speak only English at home. So, I want to say HATS OFF to the English teachers and home-schooling parents around the country, as well as the little ones trying to make sense of this funny language at such a young age. Keep it up! English language for toddlers can be hard.
Let me know what you thought of this simple poem filled with some not-so-tough words thoroughly taught to our toddlers though some of the spellings and pronunciations have no logic.