April 21, 2004


Emily, who is 4, has been "writing." Yesterday she came in the living room with a stack of books, her sketch pad, and twistable crayons. She sat in the floor and spread her books all around her. Then one by one, she wrote words from each book in her sketch pad.

Maybe this is nothing grand, and perhaps your kids have done the same. But I am amazed as I watch her do this. The other day she did this, using her flash cards. First she wrote the word "Pear" from the pear card. Then she looked at me and said, "Pear." Even though she doesn't realize it, she's actually teaching herself to read!!