My son, Johnny, a kindergartner, practices spelling with magnetic letters on the refrigerator:

“cat”, “dog”, “dad”, and “mom” have been proudly displayed for all to see.

One morning, while getting ready for the day, Mitchell bounded into the room with his arms outstretched.

In his hands were three magnetic letters: “G – O – D.”

“Look what I spelled, Mom!” Mitch exclaimed, with a proud smile on his face.

“That’s wonderful!” I praised him.

“Now go put them on the fridge so Dad can see when he gets home tonight.”

That Church school education is certainly having an impact, I thought, happily.

Just then, a little voice called from the kitchen.

“Mom? How do you spell ‘zilla?”


Kathryn’s 5-year-old developed a strong interest in spelling, once she learned to spell STOP.

After that, she tried to figure out her own words.

From the back seat of the car she’d yell, “Mom, what does fgrpl spell?”

“Nothing,” Kathryn said.

Sitting at breakfast, she’d suddenly ask, “Mom, what does doeb spell?”

“Nothing,” Kathryn answered.

This went on for several weeks.

Then, one afternoon, as they sat coloring in her room, she asked, “Mom, what does lmdz spell?”

Kathryn smiled at her and said, “Nothing, sweetheart.”

The 5-year-old carefully set down her crayon, sighed, and said, “Boy, there sure are a lot of ways to spell Nothing!”


Christmas Break was over and the teacher was asking the class about their vacations.

She turned to little Johnny and asked what he did over the break.

“We visited my grandmother in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania,” he replied.

“That sounds like an excellent vocabulary word,” the teacher said. “Can you tell the class how you spell that?”

Little Johnny thought about it and said, “You know, come to think of it, we went to Ohio.”


A sixth grade class is doing some spelling drills.

The teacher asks Tommy if he can spell ‘before’.

He stands up and says, “Before, B-E-P-H-O-R.”

The teacher says, “No, that’s wrong. Can anyone else spell before?”

Another little boy stands up and says, “Before, B-E-F-O-O-R.”

Again, the teacher says, “No, that’s wrong.” The teacher asks, “Little Johnny, can you spell ‘before’?”

Little Johnny stands up and says, “Before, B-E-F-O-R-E.”

“Excellent, Johnny, now can you use it in a sentence?”

Little Johnny says, “That’s easy. Two plus two be fore.”