Stuff that sounds like other stuff thwarts us daily in the third grade. "Establishing" is not the same as "publishing." "Contraction" and "fraction"--also deceptively similar. And a "tampon" is not the larva form of a frog. I promise.
I blame the English language. Really? Affect / effect? Who invented that? Their / there / they're? Not cool, English. And don't get me started on apostrophes. ir / or / ear / ur / er can all make the same exact sound and some of them can turn a verb into a noun some of the time? Why CAN'T it be good / gooder / goodest?
Our latest entry in the "Stuff that Sounds Like Other Stuff" category: cursor.
As I was going around checking kids' spelling cards last week, making sure they knew the meaning of each of their words, I had Jasmine read off her "ur" pattern words. Scanning her list for any potential words she might not have known, I asked if she knew what a "cursor" was. "Yeah" she replied. "Like cursing. Someone who does it."
Darn you stuff that sounds like other stuff! You've foiled us again!
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