Teaching phonics to children who speak with a southern accent is a real trick. For example, there is absolutely no difference in pronunciation between 'pin' and 'pen' here. They are one and the same to many of my students. Using 'pen' as a spelling word was a favorite mean teacher trick of mine when I taught first grade. At least 80% of students would spell it p-i-n. That's what they say, that's what they hear, that's what they write.
Today, my kindergarten groups are reading a book about looking outside to see the weather. One sentence reads "I can see the hail."
At the first read through, one student immediately YELLED out "THAT'S A BAD WORD! YOU SAID A BAD WORD!"
And try as I might, I absolutely could not convince this child that hail was not, in fact, a bad word. Because to a southern child, hail is the place you go if you don't make it into heaven.
We have to continue reading this book for the rest of the week. Oh, hail.