I wrote a post last year about children’s developmental drawing. Bonus Boy has spent hours of his little life drawing and mark making and he is now beginning to write. Like all my children he is stubborn (no idea where they get it from) and is reluctant to have a go at something until he can get it absolutely right. This stands them in good stead as they tackle the big wide world but it can hold them back as they start trying to find their way in the classroom.
That is why my heart sang this week when he sent two scraps of paper down to me with his sister. He wanted to write to me and he wasn’t going to let his worry about the right letters in the right place hold him back. This is emergent writing at its best and moves him one step on from a jumble of letters for the sake of letters to using letters to communicate.
I went up to tuck him in and there it was again on his drawing board
Do you know what is says? Sound it out, use your phonics for all but the first letter.
I asked him.
He looked up at me beaming ‘It says I loves you’
My heart explodes. Of course. I l f shue.
This morning he ran in and stuck this to the fridge with a Ben 10 magnet.
See the rubbing out? ‘I couldn’t fit the ‘you’ on so I started again Mummy’. It’s not long since he would run out of room for his name and just carry on on the next line below or above!
I read somewhere recently that the 5 year old brain is as big as the adult brain but at no point in life will we learn faster than we do at 5. I can hear that brain whirring and the leaps and bounds it makes are astonishing.
Has you child had an amazing leap in learning this week?