Yesterday, I was working with Little Miss on her reading, as she’s still not fully reading independently. Part of that is because she doesn’t want to try, knowing that she’s the only one in the family who doesn’t know how to read.
After reminding her that once she learns how to read she’ll earn her very own library card, she was once again excited about trying reading. And she’s actually much better than she thinks she is. We’re continuing to read the Bob Books, and she’s starting to get into compound words.
We came to a book that includes several words with the “ed” ending. Since it isn’t really pronounced “ehd” or something that’s easy to explain, I decided to explain the concept of past tense, much like I explained the concept of the silent e and how it worked magic on the vowel earlier in the word.
So Little Miss, do you know what past tense is?
No, she muttered, pouting at me.
Well, the “ed” at the end of words shows that they are past tense. They happened before. Action words we’ve been reading have been in present tense, meaning they are happening now.
Think about it with this example. Today I jump. Yesterday, what did you do?
I don’t know. I don’t remember! she wailed.
Once I recovered and finally stopped laughing, I did get the concept explained to her. No no, Sweetie. I don’t mean what did you actually do yesterday. I mean if you jump every day, today you jump and yesterday you jumped, and she is happily now reading her past tense words. She’s even figured out the dreaded “ight” words.
Ummm and yes, she is wearing a swimsuit cover up over her clothes, why do you ask?