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.


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.  


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!  


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

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

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

  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!

  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

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

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

  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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