Monday, August 31, 2009
Mim continues her mischievous sidling into the backdoor of literacy. Not only did she start reading before she knew all her letters, but now she has started writing before she can really read. And she still misses some of her letters when you ask straight out what they are. Is this normal? Anyone?
She started sounding words out (pop, cat, dog, etc.) six months ago, but has yet to just take off with her reading. She doesn't pick up the sight words quickly, but sounds things out each time. However, despite these difficulties, she has started writing words.
The picture above is one she drew of a character that she invented. (That purple thing in the middle is it's neck and belly. Just so you know.) It's name is pronounced Oh-blay-uh. She asked me how to spell it and I said that only she really knew that since she was the one that named the little creature. So she sounded it out and came up with the spelling you see below. Obllau. Makes sense, even if it's not technically phonetic. As much sense as English spelling will ever make, anyway.
She has also started labeling things on some of her coloring pages. For instance she had written 'sun' on one of her pages the other day. Granted the S was backwards, but I'm not going to quibble at this stage. I asked her to write 'I love you' on a note the other day and she wrote " I luv u". Apparently the child is a natural texter. I'm going to draw the line at C U l8tr, though. And if she ever writes I <3 anything we'll have a long talk and start reading through the great classics together at night.