Since I'm a reading specialist, I look at a lot of daughter's development in terms of her development into the reader and writer that she will become some day (I know I'm such a nerd). I hope to track her literacy development in monthly posts. I'm also interested to hear what you parents out there are experiencing with your child's literacy development. How do you see your child's literacy developing?
Writing Development/Alphabet Recognition:
When I see this (her scribbles):
I don't see scribbles. I see that her drawings have morphed from circular scribbles all over the page, to smaller, letter-looking, with a lot more control. When she draws/writes she points to her "letters" and says, "H, M, LMNOP...." Her pretending that her "letters" are indeed letters is a step on her path to writing real letters. If your child is "writing" or "reading" this should be praised. They are pretending because they want to be like a grown-up. And lots of pretending will lead my little one to find joy in reading and writing and learning her letters.
Also when rereading stories to her, my husband and I will pause for her to fill in words. For example, "Lola and her mom were going to walk to the ---------- (library)." She's starting to fill in words, especially with her most loved books.
How's your child developing their literacy skills?