So I was playing the game Boggle with my four-year-old Evan. You shake up these letter cubes, then try to find how many words you can make out of them in one minute. What a great learning opportunity for him, I thought. Have a good time playing, learn some new words…
Evan: Look Mommy! Here’s the word TOP.
Me: Great job honey! What else can you find?
Me: Yes, very good. And look here, the word STOP.
Evan: Yeah, and the word, MO.
Me: Good try honey, but MO isn’t a word.
Evan: Yes it is, Mommy!
Me: No, sweetie…sorry.
Evan: It’s a character in the Japanese alphabet, Mommy. See? Let me show you…
He proceeds to draw this character, which looks something like a lower case t crossed twice. So I looked it up online, and as usual, he’s right.
Me: Oh. Well….duh. I coulda told you that. I didn’t know we were using Japanese alphabet characters…( I didn’t really say that, but it would have been funny if I did)
But what I really said was – Where did you learn that Honey?
Evan: I looked it up on YouTube on Genki-Japan.com (Of course!) But it’s the Hiragana alphabet, not Kanji. (In case anyone was wondering.)
And once again it was ME who ended up learning something by sitting on the floor playing with my kid.