(I had a totally different post ready to go up today, but this mama is so excited about what just happened here that there is a brief change in programming plans.)
The sun was shining here for a full 10 minutes, so I was trying to rush Jack along with cleaning up the lincoln logs so we could go for a walk. I heard him sitting there sounding out letters and sounds, and asking me what sound does e make and what do the letters on the can spell and looked down to see he had made letters out of the timbers. A u, a t, and an e.
He noticed that the writing on the can is done with logs, so he decided to try and spell out the name of the toy, tumble tree timbers.
How freaking cool is that?
My little baby, who is not so babyish anymore, is *this* close to reading and spelling. And he really wants to do it. He is spending hours and hours and hours every day practicing it.
It's a little hard to see his pencil marks on that paper, but last Friday he asked me how to spell cat. I spelled it for him and he wrote it down. All by himself. See it there? T-c-A-.
I swear this has happened almost overnight. Last week I was worrying that he couldn't draw a stick figure, much less a letter. This week he wants to write words!
I think I might swoon with the joy of it all.
On Friday he discovered that his little portable radio was no longer working. I remembered seeing something on a message board about an MP3 player on clearance at Target, and after reading the reviews for the only MP3 player actually made for kids, the fisher price one, we decided to just let him have this real one. (It has spongebob on it.)
He is in love with this thing. We like that we can put all kinds of music on it for him and he can control it himself (go, go, go for g). Added bonus points for it giving me the first quiet shopping trip in nearly a year. There was no screaming or crying or begging or trying to run around like a wild thing. He sat in the cart, pushed the buttons and listened to his music. Well, after we learned all about how they tint paint. (I needed pink this time, I will show you that later this week.)
Total mothering bliss I tell you.
Ok, we better get started on that walk. I see a lamp teetering very close to the edge of disaster. LOL