Struggling with spelling is an inevitable part of being a preschooler. There’s no way that it couldn’t be when the whole concept of sounding out words and inferring their spelling is brand new. Hell, half of the words are brands new as well. While that’s all fine and true, it doesn’t make the way that little kids misspell words any less hilarious. When Twitter user Sal Perez tweeted a picture of his preschool attempts to spell the names of shapes, he showed people just how hilarious attempts at spelling can be.
Since posting, his Tweet has been liked over 280,000 times. While a lot of people just had a good laugh, others were confused, and some were actually impressed that his little preschool brain got as close to the mark as it did at the time. Perez’s hypothesis that he “had to be the dumbest preschooler out there” is slightly ungenerous to himself, he might not be wrong because… this is not impressive.
Spelling the word “circle” as “skro,” almost looks, well more feels, like it could be right on paper, but it took other Twitter users a bit of time to put together what they were looking at.
I had to stare at this for a minute before i realized you were naming shapes.
— Alex James (@alexjvmes) May 21, 2018
Me trying to find the correlation between Chicago and triangle pic.twitter.com/UHT12YrgOc
Despite confusing many, one mom pointed out that she could immediately interpret what was going on.
Being a mom to twin 3 y.o. I knew exactly what was going on here!
— Heather (@crookshanx) May 22, 2018
One user even pointed out that he had similar struggles in his early years.
Me and u both, friend pic.twitter.com/IHDBKOvpvn
— Koraima ☠️ (@darthkori) May 21, 2018
While Perez was calling himself “the dumbest,” others actually noted that he was pretty ahead of the curve and doing the best he could.
He was chrieg his best.
— Peter Nygaard (@RetepAdam) May 21, 2018
Are you serious? This is amazing for a pre-schooler. Even the handwriting is pretty good. Now if that were a 2nd grader I'd be concerned, but holy heck, "chriego" is an awesome spelling for "triangle".
— The CB App for iOS (@TheCBApp) May 21, 2018
listen, as someone certified to teach elementary school, i can tell you that this actually demonstrates really good phonemic awareness for a pre-k kid. kids who spell words phonetically, even if they're wrong, tend to have much higher success with reading and writing later on.
— Sarah (@lizard_jpg) May 21, 2018
Fortunately, the healthy mix of praise and jokes left Perez feeling pretty proud of himself at the end of the day.
Big shoutout to this sDr! pic.twitter.com/DweTEeqBdn
— Sal Perez (@Sal_Perez4) May 22, 2018