Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Demonstrating Writing Readiness

I caught Chloe sitting at the kitchen table the other day, talking animatedly to herself and ‘writing’ on the paper in front of her.

“What’cha doin, Chlo?” I asked.
“I’m writing a story!” She replied excitedly. “ doesn’t look right. I want to make the letters.”

I pulled out some lined paper (already used a bit, so ignore the ‘band’ at the top of the page), and a handy laminated page showing the alphabet with arrows indicating the directions for making the letters...

Oh, and our favorite pencils. We LOVE these because they hold their little hands in exactly the right position without them having to strain or even think about it. I ran across them at Staples, you can buy them online too.

She proceeded to happily practice her letters for an hour or so without any prompting on my part.

This kid is very lucky. I don’t think I was anywhere near as prepared for her siblings at that age, and preparation is very important, I’ve found. If you can grab a kid right when they express interest in a subject and toss the necessary materials in front of them to proceed with their interest, they will astound you with what they pick up in a very short amount of time. I later dug up a handwriting practice book that I’d been holding on to for her for several years now and gave it to her. She was thrilled! She couldn’t wait to show Opa when he came to visit the next day...running up to him hugging the book and saying “It’s finally mine!”

We’re officially homeschooling 3 kiddos this year. It’s gonna be one heck of a crazy adventure!