Me: “Hey, kiddo, you keep making a mistake on this spelling word!” I pointed at the word dosn’t on his sheet and then handed it back to him, “Let’s have a learning moment.”
Me: “How do you spell the word does?”
Nate: “D-O-E-S.” Then a massive heaving sigh.
Me: “How is the word not spelled?”
He starts cracking up, “D-O-S.”
Me: “No, how is the word not spelled?”
Him, getting frustrated now, “D-O-S! I know!”
Me: “OH! How do you spell the word not?”
Both he and his sister are now laughing, clutching their sides, chortling. “OH! I thought you meant how not to spell does, Mom!” It’s N-O-T!”
Then I showed him how you take does and not and smush them together with an apostrophe replacing the “o.” We’d gone over it before, but he had forgotten.
“I got it now,” he grins.
We’ll find out tomorrow.