It's also this time of year that I remember how frustrating the English language actually is. While a handful of my students start the year not needing phonics or decoding instruction, most of them do and October is when we really get into decoding more difficult words. Phonics rules are heavily studied and practiced. And that's when the idea that most of the rules really only apply to such a small portion of our language. So often, there are more words that DON'T follow the rules than there are that do. Native English speakers learning to read struggle with them, but often their depth of vocabulary in English helps them sort through some of those times the rules aren't followed. But my poor English language learners want to apply those rules (and why shouldn't they) to everything. And since they are limited vocabulary-wise, comprehension is very difficult as well. They have a very hard time compensating when the words break the rules. Learning to read in English is HARD.
So when I saw this the other day it made me chuckle but also want to shake my fist at our language as well.
I know it's long and tiny, but it is linked to the site, where it is much larger.
2nd grade grammar focuses a lot on the irregular forms of words (plurals, verbs, etc). I could write this same post for grammar. Most of my instruction sounds a little like this...
Or basically, "Here are the rules that apply to this small group of words. The rest, you just have to memorize because they don't follow any rule." Gah!