Also, I decided today that I think Zoe might be ready to start learning to read. I've been resisting it because I think technically she's young for it, and I know there's a school of thought out there that believes you shouldn't start teaching them until they are a certain age, even if they ask but...she's just DYING to learn. She has loved books since she was a baby and has shocked us with her ability to memorize favorite stories (when she was 2 or 3 she used to "read" the whole of "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish" almost word for word) and now she is constantly asking us to spell out words and sentences for her so she can write letters to people...always asking what signs say....you see what I'm saying. Anyway, part of the reason I hesitate to officially start teaching her is that she feels SO frustrated with herself when she doesn't get something immediately and I was afraid if we started before she was developmentally able, then we'd be setting her up for a lot of unnecessary frustration. Either last night or this morning though, I suddenly realized she's been showing us so many signs that she is totally capable of learning and that she is clearly enthusiastic and interested enough. Really, it could end up feeling very empowering for her so I downloaded some great free workbook pages from Education.com and a couple of books from the library and I feel like we are officially on our way. As my sister Emily said earlier, "Look out, world"...here comes my girl.
|She worked on these on and off all day and didn't want to stop when it was time for bed. This is one determined kid.|