Gigi is at that fun age when she knows all of her uppercase and lowercase letters. She recognizes them and can write them. She can write her name. She can write strong of letters that do not spell actual words. Our latest game is where we sit and she asks me how to spell a particular word, then as I call out each letter, she writes the word. She just brought me a picture she drew of a bird and then asked me how to spell bird. For some reason, she also opted to add the word Lion to the page. Maybe it is a newly discovered LionBird.
Making literacy into a fun family game is wonderful for retaining the enthusiasm young children have when they are initially making all the gains of learning to read. I make sure Gigi hands lot do pens and blank paper available to her. I make sure that no matter how tired or busy I am, I reply with overjoyed smiles when she comes to me with one of her pages pulled of gobbledygook.