April 21, 2014

Reading & Writing With a Four-Year-Old

I hope you had a happy Easter*! We had a whirlwind weekend of Easter and birthday celebrations.

Eleanor will be FOUR tomorrow, which is kind of blowing my mind! Is it just me, or does it seem like I just wrote this post about the books she liked when she turned 2?

I'm excited by the explosion in literacy that she's had in the last couple weeks. She can legitimately read (when she's in the mood). Although usually she'll read like 2-3 pages of a book, and then dramatically informs me how tired she is, and that she can't possibly read any more.

As for the books she likes at age four: she still loves Little Critter, Huckle & Lowly, Frances, and The Very Fairy Princess. She likes Curious George and Maisy sometimes, but I think they're finally waning. We've been enjoying Suzy Goose and a couple of Leslie Patricelli books (Faster! Faster! and Higher, Higher!) and two random library grabs which have been really fun: The Big Adventure of the Smalls and Higgledy-Piggledy Chicks. (I featured the latter in my list of Six Great Farm Animal Books for a guest post over at Trains and Tutus.)

But the best part of Eleanor's reading/writing obsession is the cryptic notes she keeps leaving us. The other night she was supposedly in bed, and then her bedroom door opened and shut again. I got up to see what she was up to, and found this note on the floor in the hall. (It says "I hope you have a happy day tomorrow okay I love you it's me Eleanor"; and then since there was empty space, she wrote "Mommy and Daddy" vertically down the margins.)

I actually have no idea how to get her to write in lines, instead of all crazy-like, but I figure that the more she reads, the more she'll realize she needs to write in line/word format. So I'm looking for good easy-reader recommendations! We got one book at the library called "-Ot as in Spot" which she read well, but yaaaawn. 

Know any easy-readers that are appealing for both kid AND parent?

*I just love this pic of the girls! Photo taken by M2W Photography... check her out if you're local! 
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