I often hear people state the English language is difficult to learn and most times I nod without much consideration. Our school sent home this poem, which eloquently illustrates the difficulties the English language poses for emergent readers. Its conclusion is fabulous; stating what we all know – read to your child!
I’m trying hard to read
But what’s a kid to do
When there’s a NO and a GO and a SO and a HO
And then there’s a word like TO?
Reading BONE and CONE and LONE and TONE
Can almost be kind of fun
But I get upset when I have to believe
That D-O-N-E spells DONE!
It’s plain to see a kid like me
Sure needs a helping hand.
No matter how much I really try
I just don’t understand.
I’m trying hard to learn to read.
Somehow that’s what I’ll do.
But for now if you’ll just read to me
Someday I’ll read to you!