Wednesday, March 26, 2014

solsc: importance of a note 26/31



March Slice of Life Story Challenge
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Monday my girls and I stopped by the library to pick out some books and pick up free tickets to see a theatre group bring the "Llama Llama" books to life.

After we each browsed and selected five picture books, plus "just one more Mommy, and this one too," I stepped over to the self-checkout desk with a large stack of books. 

I heard the girls whispering, "Oh, we need a Pete the Cat book."  Then they huddled around a small round table.

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.

"P-P-Pete.  P." 

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.

"P-E-Ete."

Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.  Beep.

"P-E-te.  Mommy, what's next?"

I looked over at the girls.  I realized they snagged two white scraps of paper and little pencils for making a note about the location of a book when looking at the online catalog.

"Oh, what are you doing?" I inquired as I walked over dragging the exploding library book bag.

"Well, we need to find a Pete the Cat book, so we are writing a note. We need help," P. informed me.

"Let's see what you have so far," I smiled, loving this little moment.

Together, we sounded out the rest of Pete.  Then I shared the tricky word "the" and they worked on the sounds in cat together.

The importance of writing, even at (almost) four years old.  


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My girls surprise me daily with how literacy impacts their lives that I sometimes take for granted how important these stepping stones are in their literacy development.  (I'm a little biased ... I also think that they are two smart cookies!)  Honestly, I didn't think about sharing this moment, until I found their notes in my purse on Tuesday.  I always enjoy reading Stacey's stories about Isabelle's literacy learning and because of her observations and sharing, I realized what a special literacy moment this was for us!  

9 comments:

  1. Wow! Some kindergarten teacher is going to be happy to get these two! But how did they get this old?

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  2. LOVE Pete the Cat, love their notes, and love that you captured this your own writing. :)

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  3. They are two pretty smart cookies! They know just what is needed to help them remember.

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  4. I can completely relate to your line ""just one more Mommy, and this one too,". My 5 year old always says this too. I learned to take a big bag to the library because I couldn't easily carry all the books. Your girls truly understand the importance of writing!

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  5. I agree (but then all Grandma's think their grandchildren are brilliant), they are 2 smart little cookies. I'm so totally amazed at how much they have learned since Christmas. Enjoying every moment this week! Love ya, Mom

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  6. Well done! So glad that you sliced about this, Michelle and shared his moment with us!

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  7. Special moments to treasure! Your girls are definitely creative thinkers!

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  8. Wonderful. It is going to be fun for you documenting their writing journey. This was such an authentic writing experience. I still have Mimm's first sopping list.

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts.