C-A-P Spells Cap?

Kindergarten has started.

In addition to the new routine of packing lunches and peanut-free snacks every day, we have been also adjusting to the introduction of homework.

The homework is not particularly grueling for a five-year old but we have found that the requirement to sit down and complete exercises and reviews can draw out somewhat with our daughter’s need for frequent breaks to get the wiggles out.

We have tried to make the sight word exercises fun, almost puzzle/game-like when we get to those.  This homework time has also proven enlightening in a comical way which I’ll get to in a few paragraphs or so.

The Sensory Alphabet Discs and Sensory Word-Building Blocks we built out of simple, cheap wooden craft store materials have helped a lot in this area because our daughter can move the letters around to form new words and un-jumble letters to form the correct words.  We plan to keep a few letter discs in baggies within her backpack for the word endings that the kids are working on each week.  This way, when boredom strikes, she can always take out that tupperware lid and letter disc-baggy and word-build on a whim.



Using the letter discs has made sight word exercises a little more fun and exploratory for our little girl.


After some time working on the development of new words, our daughter came to a new exercise that seemed very simple.

It was an optional drawing exercise to close up the lesson.  The assignment said, “Draw a picture of a cap”.

Our daughter drew what appeared to be either a nose-diving pregnant sea-horse or one of those dreadful head-kerchiefs that the unstylish masses sported years ago.  (Unexplainably, I believe I still see those awful things in accessory stores from time to time.)

I asked her why she drew her “C-A-P  Cap” like that.  What were all those vertical lines, really?

And she said to me, “Those lines are those bumpy things on top of the cap.  You know the ones on daddy’s BEER CAP???!!!”

No way.

There is no way that, in the 5.5 years of our daughter’s life, that we have failed to impart to her the OTHER meaning of “C-A-P”.  I mean, I could see that a five year old might not fully appreciate the concept of a “melting polar ice cap”, or the more metaphorical verb form of “capping the night with a toast!”.

But, surely, at some point we used that word to highlight something we wear on our heads to enjoy or play sports or to cover our ears in the cold?

Could it be possible that whenever her kindergarten teacher introduced the word “Cap” to the young students that images of her dad enjoying a nice cool brew with dinner popped into her head with nary a thought of  the human-head covering type?

I can just envision how this lesson might’ve panned out in a classroom environment if I hadn’t caught it in time to teach her the other meaning of “Cap”…

Teacher:  Blogger-Daughter, can you use the new word “Cap” in a sentence?

Blogger-Daughter:  Yes, teacher, I can!   My mom always says, “Why is there a beer cap in the food disposal, again???!!!”

Oh, goodness.

I think I know what we will be doing tomorrow.

I am going to go through all the projected sight words for the rest of the year to see if there are any other spring-loaded tricky ones (like this one) in our future that I need to head off at the pass.

But, this was a great exercise in the end.

We are really getting to use those sensory letter discs.

There appears to be some early childhood literacy happening.

And, now our daughter officially understands that the word “C-A-P” can also refer to a very innocuous head garment.

It only took nearly 6 years to make that last one happen.

But, really, guys-  let’s take another look at that picture she drew.

Those are some pretty impressive beer-cap ridges, don’t you think?  That is some real attention to detail!

And, really-  is she even WRONG?

Yes. Yes.

I completely agree with you.





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31 Responses to C-A-P Spells Cap?

    • Bridget- you kill me. I laughed out loud when I read your comment. Yes “B-o-x” will be a good one- it would be perfect if that word appeared in the same week as “F-i-n-e” because when your twins start making their new words with those word endings, they’ll know how to write “Fine Fox” and “Wine Box” in a poem for you. 🙂

  1. Hahahaha! It’s scary the secrets they share in Kindergarten. My daughter’s best friend has her convinced that her Dad never changes his under wear. I can only imagine what perception of home life with us my daughter has shared with her friends.

  2. When asked to draw a picture of something that begins with “V”, my daughter drew “Victoria’s Secret”, which is even more strange considering her mommy hasn’t seen the inside of Victoria’s Secret in about 7 years!

    • stephanie, hilarious!!! we had a similar experience that i had to audit:). on tuesdays, the kids bring in a plate with pics, drawings or items they have scavenged and taped or glued onto the plate that start with a certain letter. we keep old magazines solely to scavenge for images of words beginning with that week’s letter. while looking for the letter “O”, our daughter found a supplement advertisement in the final pages of Parenting magazine for an experience enhancing pill beginning with ORGA…well, I am sure you get the picture. it was in big, curly font so the O really stood out, for obvious marketing reasons. 🙂 I stopped her from cutting the pill bottle’s image out and pointed her to the third image of an owl, instead. :). There were several owls on that plate. 🙂

  3. We just dealt with the word cap this last week. My daughter’s homework had a picture and three words below it. All she had to do was circle the right word. When she got to the picture of a hat, she read all 3 words, can, cap, cat. She looked at me with a puzzled look on her face. The word hat clearly wasn’t there. I had to explain what a cap is and that people from the 1920’s used that word. Homework is hard. 😉

    • Brooke, I am glad to hear that! I thought it was much more commonly known by kids. Ths morning, my kids’ minds were blown when I showed them that the little thing thy twist off the toothpaste is also called a “cap”. I really like that this is all it takes for them to think I am the smartest person in the whole wide world….from cap to cap. 🙂

  4. My oldest son was asked to draw a picture of the word “sit” in kinder and he draw a picture of a person on the toilet!!! The teacher and I had a long laugh about that one. He is now 12 and I still have that paper in a file, I plan on bringing it out and embarrassing him at his graduation party. 😉

    • Sahaurita….bahahahahaha!!!! oh my….it is a great thing you are blogging now…i think you should run that picture!!!! so what if it is 7 years old? funny is funny and THAT is hiarious! 🙂

  5. She’s very insightful to notice how it’s crushed on the end the bottle opener got. Honestly, all I thought was beer cap as well – so according to my books, your daughter’s a genius.

    • Nami- you and my husband figured that it was a crushed beer cap- I couldn’t figure out why it was so asymmetrical. haha!

    • Haha! Yes- it was most unexpected- but, thankfully for my blog material, it was very funny. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

  6. That is seriously funny! Oh, well, my hubby can’t drink (he’s half Irish). So my son won’t be drawing any beer caps. His still in the drawing flowers and trees stage, and lately our pets.

  7. Yet another fine example of the Grasshopper teaching the Master. I enjoy this.

    Ah, the lexicography of a five year old, they see an define the world far better than we give them credit. Their vernacular is formed in the present, as everything is fresh and evolving -now that’s learning creatively.

    • Hudson- I love your use of words….yes, my child has a very nice lexicography. 🙂 And perhaps, one day, she will craft prose like you. 🙂

      • Maybe she will, this world needs creativity more than it ever did.

        But what comes to mind now is that Willie Nelson song,
        ‘Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys
        Don’t let ’em pick guitars and drive them old trucks
        Make ’em be doctors and lawyers and such’

        • Well, I do hope she can earn a good living so that she can afford creative pursuits… so my true hope is that she follows her heart in a way that leads to monetary success (not necessarily wealth- but with the logic that she should have what she needs and want what she has) while still feeding the parts of her soul that call to create in whatever medium that is….Thank you, again- and my apologies for being so absent from your and other sites. I have been adjusting to our new routine and there is much less time to connect than before, but I will visit soon- 🙂

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