When 5-year-old granddaughter Shelby was learning her letters and their sounds, she hadn’t yet grasped the concept of sounding out individual letters to make a word. But she did know that her name had the letters S-h-e-l-b-y. She also knew that Mommy’s name started with an “M”, that sister Avery’s name started with an “A”, and that sister Bailey’s name started with a “B”. So one day she made name plates from scrap foam in Grandpa’s shop.
She wrote the letters that made up a name – S-h-e-l-b-y — and then wrote other “names” starting with M or A or B. She thought that all names have the same ending letters — h-e-l-b-y and that only the first letter changed!