25 November 2007

Rhymes With Sunday

The child is completely erratic as to identifying letters, and can't spell her name past the first two or three letters, but she’s into rhyming.

Sometimes she quizzes me:

  • What rhymes with steeple? (People)
  • What rhymes with pink? (Sink, mink, slink)
  • What rhymes with medusa? (Kousa)

And sometimes she just announces, with glee: Cat and bat rhyme! Tree and key rhyme!

At the doctor last week, for her four-year-old checkup, I mentioned this to him and then prompted her: "What rhymes with bill?" Her answer? "Kill." His dry comment? "I saw that movie". My response? Mortification.

Speaking of rhyming, I met S. and Z. of Rhymes with Javelin the other day. It's a funny thing, knowing someone on-line and then meeting them in person. On the one hand, one learns a lot of stuff about a person from reading their blog (and their breadcrumb trail through other people's blogs). On the other hand, it's a complete stranger! In your house! I had a lovely time, and I'm happy to now have face and voice to put to a small piece of the interblogs. Thanks for coming to visit, S.

18 comments:

slouching mom said...

Heh. Kill Bill. I love it. And I think that pediatrician is rather witty! (For a pediatrician, that is.)

flutter said...

Oh that's funny. What rhymes with mortification?

Her Grace said...

Phonemic awareness -- a strong indicator of future reading abilities! Yay!

Suz said...

That's pretty funny. Now, though, I can't stop thinking of other rhymes for Medusa....Tuscaloosa.

Waiting Amy said...

My boy is 4.5 and is TOTALLY into rhyming! At dinner we often have to go down a list ... cat, bat, hat, chat, sat, etc. But like her grace said, he is starting to try and read. Its pretty exciting!

I liked the dr.'s humor!

painted maypole said...

i think i like your doctor ;)

Aliki2006 said...

I love her love for rhymes!

dawn224 said...

It *is* weird to meet people from online ... I often wonder if that's not a really strange thing about BlogHer.

MadMad said...

Oh, I love that story! And what a great doctor! Glad you got to meet a new blogger friend, too - isn't it fun?

S. said...

Magpie, thanks for your hospitality! We had fun, especially in the cupcake category, and it wasn't quite like *total* strangers, I hope! (How many strangers think there's something familiar about your plaster teeth?)

Whenever you're in Philadelphia, you know where to stay!

WorksForMom said...

Kill Bill. I think you have a genius on your hand Magpie (and not to mention a rather hip doc too). I love IT! :)

Emily R said...

That is really, really funny. My little one is really into rhyming right now, too. I will be sure not to have him rhyme anything with "duck."

MotherPie said...

Rhyming is such a good language skill, reading preparation, poetry training.

Fish in the gravy (earlier post?). Interesting.

Funny story about the pediatrician.

BOSSY said...

Face-to-face? What is this ancient custom you speak about?

Furrow said...

i love how you formulated this post. you rock. my socks [off]. so does miss m.

Julie Pippert said...

My kids love the rhyming games too LOL

Julie
Using My Words

niobe said...

Medusa as in the snake-haired gorgon? Medusa as in jellyfish? Medusa as in Raft of the?

Whichever one it is, it's not only her rhyming abilities that are impressive.

Julia said...

Meeting bloggy people is fun. And almost always a little unexpected. But I find that I am usually comfortable soon and for good.

And we loves us some rhyming games too. Wonder if it would work to set them off on each other and enjoy a cup of tea in peace in the meantime? :)