Over the last week or so I’ve noticed a sudden interest aroused in my little boy when it comes to letters and sounds. Since he started school I’ve occasionally asked him about sounds he might have learned about but he doesn’t tend to tell me too much beyond perhaps that that day they worked on “t” or that they do sound work with Diamond class.
On the way to school one day last week he said “s, a, x, o” – pronouncing each sound really clearly – proud Mummy. It took me a moment to realise that he was reading these letters off the car in front! Then yesterday while we were out and about he noticed an enormous purple “h” on the bowling alley and pointed it out to us.
When I had realised he was showing much more of an interest in letters I got the magnetic letters down from the top of the fridge and wrote two words on it “Ben” and “dog” – I didn’t say anything about it, just left them there to see if he would notice. Of course he did and asked who had put them there. I explained that I had written them and wondered if he could read them – he sounded them out and blended them first time. He was very impressed with himself – as of course was I! When we got home from our adventure yesterday Ben and Dave got the letters out and started writing basic CVC words on the fridge together eg box, dog, – I was listening in from the lounge giving Daddy pointers on phonics (eg explaining what CVC words were and what sounds Ben could be expected to understand) Dave was writing words for Ben to read and Ben was having a go at writing his own words – very successfully I might add!
Now about a month ago I wrote a post about Ben writing a shopping list for me and how impressed I was that he had chosen to put pen to paper – as I said in that post Ben has always been what I would call a reluctant mark maker so I’m always excited when he chooses to write or draw and assign meaning to those marks. Today I offered Chloe and Ben a whiteboard each and dry wipe pens to use – Chloe enjoyed a good scribble: