I don’t know why I love to see my kids writing so much. Â Seeing their words on paper, that tangible, written expression of themselves, it really makes my heart feel warm and happy.
My first child can be a perfectionist. Â She wants to know that what she does will come out perfectly before doing it. Â This can be hard on her, since most things take a bit of practice. Â Because of this she literally refused to read anything until she was 7, saying she “might pronounce the words wrong”. Â I was worried about it at first, as many first time parents would be, thinking she might ‘fall behind’. Â But, when she decided she was ready to read and write, she picked it up with such a vengeance that she now reads faster than I do.
With my second child, I am a bit more relaxed. Â I know he will come to things in his own time, just as my first child has. Â He, however, decided that he wanted to read and write from the moment he could understand the concepts. Â When he was 2 1/2 years old he got angry with me for not ‘doing school’ with him, like I do with his older sister, and asked for his own “curriculum”. Â I wasn’t planning on any formal schooling until he was 5 or 6 years old, but he was so motivated I decided to start him with All About ReadingÂ and Moebius Noodles.
He started reading simple words when he was three and now, at 4 1/2, is reading and writing simple sentences. Â I’m so excited for him! Â He’s launching into a new world of independence, exploration, and expression. Â I LOVE seeing him plop himself down on the couch with a book, or write me a love note! (My ‘to do’ list last night was “Mom, Hug Leif!”)
Today, his dad came home from a week long trip. Â Leif wanted to welcome him home with a sign that said, “Welcome home dad. Â When you come in and put your stuff away, come and see my new legos” Â 🙂 Â I talked him into a simpler version “Welcome home dad. Â Play LEGOS with me.”