Spelling Words…

Jack's spelling test

This weeks exercise on Ink Paper Pen is using the word “Piqued”.

A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.tr.v. piqued, piqu·ing, piques
1. To cause to feel resentment or indignation.
2. To provoke; arouse: The portrait piqued her curiosity.
3. To pride (oneself): He piqued himself on his stylish attire.

This is what I came up with, it’s a departure from the Jimmy James stories.

She looked down the list of spelling words her 7 year old was learning. Every Monday he came home with a list of spelling words to learn. Most of the words were set by the teacher, but the last three words were chosen by her son. The words he chose never ceased to amaze her.

“Jack, how did you choose these words?” She asked her son.

“I opened the dictionary and picked some words, and those ones had Q’s in them.” Jack had a tone in his voice that sounded like it was the most natural thing in the world.

“OK,” she replied hesitantly, “I understand Jonquil, after all, we have them growing in the front yard, but pique?” she questioned.

“But it’s a really cool word,” Jack replied enthusiastically, “It has cool meanings and my teacher couldn’t say it right!” he giggled.

“Fair enough.” She laughed along with him, “but, can you spell it?”

“Not yet,” Jack replied, “but that’s why I have to practice my spelling words.”

She smiled and left him to his look, cover, write, check exercises and went back to making dinner.


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  1. this is really cute! I love how Jack is so excited by discovering new words.

    • Thanks. This is based on my 7 year old – he picks out words you wouldn’t think a 7 year old would choose…

  2. ahh clever…

  3. Very clever (and cute) use of the word 🙂

    • Thanks Laura Maria 🙂 I was trying to work out how to use it & that was the best idea that came to mind 🙂

  4. Loved it!! Jack was so cute! 🙂

  5. I love it! It’s a great snippet of life in a home with school age kids. It read really well too.

  6. Unexpected and lovely – two qualities that mark serendipitous moments and this piece has really captured this.

    An ‘ordinary’ afternoon but with an unexpected twist where the delight of boy and his wonder of words is described in such a way that it brought a broad smile to my face

    Warm and true = wonderful.

    • Thanks Felicity 🙂 I have a curious 7 year old who loves discovering new words, and anything new really! He’s the inspiration behind this story

  7. Melissa – GREAT use of the prompt. Very clever. Second post for WoW I’ve read tonight that reminds me of my own kids. Which is always a good thing!!!

    My only (very slight) criticism would be using ‘word’ a little too often in the first para. Perhaps you could have worded a little differently? Just a though. 🙂

    Great stuff. xx

    • Thanks for your feedback Jodie. Re-reading it, I agree – the word “word” is used too much in the first paragraph. I didn’t spend much time editing this piece before I pressed “publish” 🙂

  8. This was great Melissa and reminded me of my nearly 7yo daughter as well. She’s a wannabe wordsmith and forever looking for new words to learn and explaining the difference between similar sounding words. I’ll have to tell her about piqued.

    Anne xx

  9. beautiful! Isn’t it intoxicating sharing our children’s passage into literacy? I’ve found it to be one of the great treasures of mothering.

  10. You did a great job with this. I like throwing in the kid factor.

  11. As I was also a child who loved words, I enjoyed this gentle, natural piece. I agree with Felicity’s comment about making a beautiful moment out of an ordinary one. I loved his determination in learning his new words!

  12. “But can you spell it?” It’s very like how I was when I was in grade school. I can feel the excitement of the kid! Very nice work.



  13. Great details here, such as the words all have ‘q’s and his teacher not being able to pronounce the word. A really good insight into the child’s thinking!

  14. This is so clever. I can totally understand Jack’s love of discovering of new words…I’m like that too! I undertake this scene almost every night with my kids and homework….you’ve managed to turn it into something special.

  15. Sarah Mac says:

    This was a great way to really use the word. The story read like a real life experience. I’d love for you to do a series on Jack too but please dont forget Jimmy will you?

    • Thanks Sarah. Don’t worry, I won’t forget Jimmy – his stories area aimed at kids, I can see the Jack stories aimed at adults.

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