While on our way to pick Adam up from work this evening, Rosi pointed to a red sign on the corner and asked what it said. Given that there were only 4 letters, I asked her to sound it out.
Rosi: Sss-Teh-Ohh-Peh ... Ope! It says, "Ope"!
Amy: Let's try again. What's the third letter?
Amy: And what sound does O make?
Amy: What other sound does O make?
Rosi: Umm ...
Amy: What words do you know that start with O?
Amy: And what sound does O make in "Octopus"?
Amy: No. It's not "OAK-to-pus" is it?
Rosi: (giggles) Ah.
Amy: That's right. O-ah-octopus. Now can you try it again? S-T-O-P.
Amy: What sound does the O make?
Rosi: Oh, I forgot. Sss-Teh-Ahh-Peh. (thinks for a moment) It says, "Exit"!