This idea came from Ada’s three (brilliant, loving and fun!) teachers. They suggested we try this as a way to help her start making connections between words and objects over the summer. Ada would have us read to her 24 hours a day if she could, so we have encouraged her to learn more about the letters as she shows interest. We are so excited for her to explore books on her own when she is ready. She will devour them! We used markers and card stock to make big labels around our house. Painter’s tape looped on the back makes them easy to remove from the walls. It feels a bit like an ESL classroom around here, but she seems to love it.
Years ago a dear friend gave me a book called The Artist’s Way. The book required the reader to fill three pages a day with writing, whether or not there was anything to say. I don’t remember other things about the book, but I still try to keep up with the three pages. There is something amazing that happens when you ask your brain to match the speed of your hand. The cursive becomes sort of hypnotizing after a while and the three pages quickly add up to full books. It seems much easier to move forward once thoughts are organized on paper. There is nothing I like better than waking up early when the house is quiet and sitting down with a good pen and an empty page.