Toungue Twister!!!!

I’ve started getting a little picky about what I read to the kids. If I fail to choose a handful of books for them to choose from, they end up bringing things that…well…literally put me to sleep (“momma, don’t close your eyes!”). For asher it tends to be encyclopedic or dictionary (illustrated & intended for kids at least) type books & Grace usually chooses either a clifford book (which used to be a favorite & just unfortunate for her that i’ve read every clifford book we have a zillion times before she was even born….i actually CAN usually ‘read’ those w/my eyes closed) or the color train. i just don’t understand HOW to read this one (looks like it’s supposed to be a song, but i have no idea what tune)… it’s just annoying…& asher gets irritated that everything in the picture isn’t listed in the words.

Now, i realize Grace needs those easy boring books to be read to her for developmental/educational reasons & so i read them. And it’s just mean to deny Asher a dinosaur encyclopedia ALL the time, so i read them (when Grace isn’t around…she does NOT like those & makes it even more annoying than it already is to do so). However, most of the time for our pre-naptime stories, they get to pick anywhere from 1-4 books (lots of factors involved regarding the variance in # of books). Lately I’ve been on a Dr. Seuss kick.

I always love to read out loud (almost) any book that rhymes &/or is poetic. Asher used to have a book of poems that was my all-time favorite to read, but it got destroyed (&/or lost i’m not sure).

Anyhow, so back to Dr. Seuss. Upside: It’s really fun to actually READ. I particularly love the ‘tounge twister’ type ones (like “Oh say can you say“). Asher likes them when i get stumped & shouts, “TONGUE TWISTER” each time. It’s really fun to see the improvement over the course of a week (when i ‘have’ to return the book to the library). The first day there are shouts of “tounge twister” on every page & it takes forever to get through as I have to go very slow. By the end of the week we can zip through it fast (though i also challenge myself to enunciate in an exaggerated manner ever since I realized asher was hearing words mashed together & thought they were new words). hmmm…perhaps i should not read these in front of Grace…

The downsides:

1. They’re pretty nonsensical..(i don’t know if that REALLY matters or not).

2. it bugs asher to no end that he can’t figure out what the characters are…i’ve finally settled on ‘allowing’ him to say they’re just monsters (not that i’m anti-monster, but i like my son want things to be called what they are & these are just imaginary nonsense creatures…not monsters. however, he can’t seem to make that it’s own category in his mind, so they’re all different types of monsters…drives me crazy but i guess i should be the ‘adult’ here…).

3. a lot of them are LONG. I’m ok with it & asher is typically fine with it too, but it’s rare Grace will make it through a whole book. I typically start with a book Grace has chosen, then when we lose her it’s no big deal as she already got to hear “her book”.

4. And last, this is just kind of funny; they’re outdated. Last week we borrowed, “the cat in the hat comes back” & i had to change “dad’s $10 shoes” to “dad’s expensive shoes”. I doubt anyone would really get that freaked out about $10 shoes getting messed up other than the fact that they’d be unable to find another pair of dress shoes that cost so little.

Now if only our library would carry, “Oh, say can you say Di-no-saur“.

5 thoughts on “Toungue Twister!!!!

  1. Make sure you don’t get Runny Babbit by Shel Silverstein. It is a whole book on words like Dungry Hog (Hungry Dog) and Toe Jurttle(Joe Turrtle), but also with all if not most of the other words in the book. I caught myself when I tried to read it saying the words correctly it was just automatic for me. Trying to read this book was so hard I just couldn’t do it. I was really disappointed in the book as I like Shel Silverstein. I have a hard time with Dr.Suess from time to time too. Halei loves to listen to me read those books, of course she is able to read them now so I have her start them and I usually wind up taking over half way through because she’s tired of reading.

  2. My absolute favorite is Fox in Socks – it’s just fun to read! We have the din-o-saur one and we’re bringing it with us to FL, so we’ll have to bring it over and let Asher read it. Funny thing on Dr. Seuss, though – my Mom HATES them, with a passion. It cracks me up – she gets all flustered and goes off about how silly they are and how they don’t teach kids anything . . . So, naturally, being the good daughter I am, I purposely pack Dr. Seuss books whenever we’re going to their house, and get John to ask her to read one! Heeheehee . . .

  3. oooh…’runny babbit’ sounds like it would cheeze me off. i’m borderline about total nonsense words, but real words messed up? are they purposely trying to delay children’s proper speech development??? seriously.

    perhaps i’m too serious. ;)

  4. Hi!

    Just wanted to put my two cents in on this. Some of the reading tests use the same sort of “nonsense” words. They are used to determine how well students use phonics and letter sounds. Honestly, I never met a student who had a speech issue due to reading those types of stories. But I’m not a huge fan of Dr. Seuss’s stories because it’s hard to teach comprehension based on stories filled with mixed-up or nonsense words. I do use Green Eggs and Ham and the Lorax in my class! They are my students’ favorites. We call the unknown characters “critters” or “creatures” when referring to them.

    I have two sets of kids. Those who get frustrated reading the stories because the words don’t make sense and those who enjoy them because they aren’t comprehending but simply reading what’s on the page.

  5. I LOVE “Oh Say Can You Say”, but as Dana said above, I think Fox In Socks is better. You don’t have to worry about changing the words around (i.e. Dad’s $10 shoes… maybe we should change that to $100 shoes. LOL), and it’s an awesome tongue twister. I’m so shocked that kids love them. You would think that kids would be frustrated that they can’t read the books that quickly, stumbling along (the books are a MOUTHFUL), but it’s just the opposite. Kids love them!

    Michael