Does anybody remember that old Sesame Street skit where a clueless Grover would be at a restaraunt, and the waiter would ask for his order, whereupon Grover would say, "I'll have a cheeseburger and a coke!"
When the waiter informed Grover that they didn't have any cheeseburgers, Grover would reply, "Well in that case, I'll have a cheeseburger and a pepsi!"
And so on, and so on.
I had a moment where I felt like the waiter today.
We were discussing the short /u/ sound, saying, repeating, and blending several words like cup, jump, run, bug.
I reminded the kids that once you know a word that has a short u sound, like bug, then you know most of the rhyming words also have a short u sound.
So I asked for words that rhyme with bug.
Each time, I tried to stop and remind the class what RHYMING means. I told them I wasn't looking for just any word that has a u in it, even if it IS a short u sound. I wanted a word that RHYMED with bug.
Next kid -- "Astronaut?"
You know what has a short u? UUUUUUUUUGGGGGGHHHH!!!!!
And for those of you with a devious mind (like me), yes I have already forseen a few mishaps later this week with a certain word in the "truck" word family. Or maybe I'm ok since my kids won't be able to rhyme anything with truck.
On a completely different topic, whoever is reading this from Raleigh, NC -- I don't mean to sound like a stalker, but my stat counter shows me that you've been working your way backwards through all my blog posts. Sign my guest book, let me know who you are! :)