Monday, February 21, 2011

Feb16_Writing1

My daughter is a bit of a perfectionist. She won’t do many things until she gains internal confidence in her ability to do it reasonably well. Writing was always one area that she avoided. Lately, however, I noticed the change in her interest level and decided to use the opportunity to introduce writing prompts. I found this printable from a great site waddlee-ah-chaa and printed two copies of Feb16_Writing2the book. Anna  and I worked side-by-side in our books to turn shapes into something else. It was entertaining to see what her mind saw – a circle became “a tic-tac-heart” game, a square became “a person in a mask”, an oval became a cake, and a rectangle turned into “an envelope-house-trailer” (on wheels). Then both books went into “a mail truck” – we have a storage box on wheels that Anna loves to use in her games – and were delivered to papa. At some point I asked Anna to write a letter to me and deliver it. She was working quite hard on hers and asked me not to peek. I think I am going to keep this letter for a while, and I hope that her desire to put her thoughts on paper will start taking off.

I am linking this to Writer’s World hosted by Giggles and Crayons

14 comments:

littlewondersdays said...

This is exciting to see I bet! Sweet letter.

Ticia said...

One of my kids favorite songs is all about shapes being different things, their favorite part is when the triangle becomes a volcano.

How this makes sense when they're totally freaked out by volcanoes I don't know.

Jackie H. said...

How fun for you to do it together. I bet that went a long way in motivating her to write. Cute idea to have her "deliver" her book to her papa.

Debbie said...

This is such a cute idea. I bet Papa sure enjoyed.

Kim said...

Oh, I can't wait to check out this site. Thanks!

Christy said...

I love this. I'll have to try it with C and R.

C is the same kind of perfectionist. I always wondered how he found the confidence to start writing letters. I know he didn't do this, but I had visions of him secretly writing letters under his covers at night until he perfected them and would write them for others!!! Silly, I know!

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

That is a great letter! Definitely keep it.

Julie said...

What a fun activity! And her writing and spelling are very good. I'm sure you and Papa loved the letter.

MaryAnne said...

What a wonderful letter! It looks like Anna is doing great at her writing!

Joyful Learner said...

That letter is scrapbook worthy! I think children develop differently. Some take baby steps and develop gradually. Others do it all at once when they are ready!

Our Homeschool Fun said...

Oh Natalie, she is doing wonderfully!! Her letter is so sweet too. I love seeing progress like this with Joe and the letters melt my heart.

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

How creative and fun!! Love the letter -- so sweet! Anna is growing up so nicely. It's fun to get a peek into your days together.

Kymmie said...

Love the letter! Jenna has recently been writing "I love you" notes to everyone she loves. The cover page of my school binder is a collage of all the different ways she has written it to me.
Jenna is also a bit of a perfectionist. She gets frustrated very quickly when something doesn't come easily to her or when she can't do it perfectly. But, much like Anna seems to have done, Jenna eventually becomes interested enough to get it done!

The girl who painted trees said...

I like that printable. What a good way to encourage creativity. Reminds me of an exercise we did in highschool with a page of 20 circles.