So, I thought it was time that Matty begins recognizing letters and environmental print. Naturally, we started with “M”. I put M magnets on his magnetic board, put an M on his frame wall, and began writing his name on his coloring pages. A few days later I began pointing them out and explained:
M for Matty! Yay!
M for Mommy!
M for milk!
M for monster!
M for meow!
M for moo!
M for map!
Me: No, not for Daddy. M for Matty. M for Mommy!
Matty: No! Dada?
Me: D for Dad. Proceeds to draw a D. D for Dad! M for Matty. M for Mommy!
Matty: Points to M. M! Mmmm. Dad!
Well, 2 out of 3. I figured he could name the letter and give the sound. Heck, that’s fantastic!
A few days later we were at TJ Maxx where Matty saw a large wooden M decor item. He started jumping up and down squealing, ran over, and yelled, “M! MMMmmm!”
People stopped and stared. I beamed with pride. That’s right, folks. Gather ’round. Clap for my genius child. Then he yelled:
M for Dada!
Shakes head in shame.
At least he’s inclusive. No Family Member Left Behind!