Today, I wanted to share a little tip that has been such a sweet thing that works for our family. And I can take NONE of the credit for it!
About two years ago, when my husband would go in to kiss the boys goodnight, he began giving our oldest son three words to spell…just as a fun thing to do as he spent special time with each boy.
Of course, the littler ones began asking Daddy for “three words too” and so, he adapted his lesson for them.
Even our three year old thinks he needs “fwee words” now!
So, each night as Daddy makes his rounds, he gives each boy three words to spell, according to their spelling level.
The really fun part is: The three words he comes up with are all related in some way. So after the boys spell the words, they have to figure out what the common theme is.
For instance, if he gives the words: thunder, tornado and sunshine…they have to come up with the common theme of : weather.
He usually comes up with some super fun, and usually quite challenging words and themes.
(And by the way…when Daddy’s not home and Mama gives the three words…they usually let me know that it just isn’t quite the same. I give words like kiss, hug and love…. They kind of raise their eye brows at me, sigh and spell the words like they are the most boring words ever. I guess Daddy gives better words like ammunition, weapon and artillery…you know, “fun” words like that.) :)
It has been a wonderful, great, favorite bedtime treat. It is a special sweet time that is treasured for Daddy and boys.
I doubt the boys will let this tradition stop any time soon.
(I wonder if their future wives will mind the nightly phone call of three spelling words before bed…)