Letters, sounds and getting it down on paper!

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:

I didn’t ask Ben to do anything particularly. He started off writing his name – enjoying the fact that he could rub out his work to get it “just so”
Once he’d written his name I asked him what else he could write . .
Cue one very proud Mummy!  I realised watching the video back that I do sound like I’m at work but I guess that’s to be expected considering what we were doing!  *makes mental note to sound less like a teacher*So this week has been a huge step for the little man on his road to reading and writing – long may his enthusiasm continue!


  1. katefever
    October 20, 2013 / 8:47 pm

    What a clever little boy – he's away now, he will probably continue to surprise you from here on in!

    • October 20, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      I said to Dave earlier I think his reading and phonics work will really "click" 🙂

  2. October 21, 2013 / 9:59 pm

    awww Colette what a really massive achievement this is!! bless him i love this age they are like little sponges 🙂

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x

  3. October 22, 2013 / 3:25 pm

    Oh how lovely is that. He is progressing really well isn't he.

  4. Fozia S
    October 22, 2013 / 8:51 pm

    Oh how clever….it is lovely seeing them achieving, really does make you proud!

  5. Emmysmummy
    October 22, 2013 / 9:07 pm

    What a very clever boy xx

  6. October 22, 2013 / 8:35 pm

    What a wonderful milestone to achieve! You must be so proud. This definitely is a #MagicMoments

  7. Laura Mummy to Boyz
    October 22, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    I love how en draws the M backwards to make it fit – this is fab well done Ben! #MagicMoments

  8. BakedPotato Mummy
    October 22, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Oh this is so cute! I love how he realises he's written most of it already. Well done Ben x
    Popping over from #MagicMoments

  9. October 23, 2013 / 9:57 am

    Great news. So pleased he is learning fast x

  10. Sara Murray
    October 23, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    That is brilliant – well done Ben! The video is just lovely 🙂 #SSAmazingAchievements

  11. AK Templer
    October 26, 2013 / 10:26 am

    well done ben! xx

  12. Jane Roberts
    October 28, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    This is fantastic, a great moment to capture on video. A very proud mummy moment.


  13. November 2, 2013 / 8:02 am

    He's doing really well and nice you got it on video.

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