Friday, February 13, 2009

Writing your name is important

The granddaughter accomplished a huge task and a big goal for her this week--she learned to write her name. She is just about 2 months shy of her 4th birthday.

We've noticed over the last few months, first a desire to discuss the letters in her name, then an increasing desire to see the letters in her name and finally wanting some help making the letters in her name. Portions of her name appear frequently on coloring pages and drawing pages and other assorted small pieces of paper.

Wednesday night her mom sat down at the table with her to help her do her Valentine cards for school. Mom reports that after helping her with several, on number twelve she happily wrote her name herself.

I shared this happy news with one of her preschool teachers on Facebook that night and she said that granddaughter has been working very hard on this at school, too.

The last couple of days she has been a rhyming girl. We were in the car, just kind of zoning, when granddaughter says, from outta nowhere, (some word that I know can't remember) rhymes with (some other word I can't remember) Then she said, her name rhymes with Mamie and then started coming up with all kinds of rhymes... pig & wig...say, may, hay, day... this is going on without any comment from me. After she goes through probably 10 sets of rhyming words she says and I do quote this: That's some learning with those rhyming words.

This child was read to in utero. She has been read to nearly every day of her life. Books have been important to all of us. As an infant she loved the flow of Sandra Boyton books like Barnyard Dance (who wouldn't?) Although reading is an important part of her bedtime ritual, she is read to at other various and sundry times of the day. She loves her "poem" books. She pitched a fit at Hobby Lobby the other day because she wanted The Wizard of Oz book found on an end cap.

Reading is fundamental and this is the time in her life that although she is not reading she is building a strong foundation in both the skills needed to read like predicting but in finding enjoyment in reading.

Her preschool does not drill their students. They do not "do academics" but they are rather experiential. They take ordinary household items and do extraordinary things. They provide a safe environment for children to take mental and physical risks.

Our granddaughter will be ready for public school on time because her parents, before she was even born, realized the impact they would have on her success in school and the world. The take the time to do things that stretch her mind. Also, they took the time to research and find the perfect preschool for her to attend.

If I haven't said it enough and you are looking for a preschool in Champaign, Illinois for your child or grandchild consider looking at Faithful Friends Preschool, a ministry of Faith United Methodist Church.