L keeps telling me she wants to be a grown up. She wants to be a mummy with a baby, she wants to do the washing up and she keeps asking me if she’ll be able to do things ‘when I’m big numbers’. (I’d quite happily put the brakes on her and keep her as a lovely four-year-old for quite a while longer.) One thing she likes do to, in her quest to be a grown up, is read the paper or one of my books, so long as it’s full of text with no pictures at all. She’ll sit on the sofa, leafing through the pages, commenting now and then on a few of the articles.
She’s also very interested in letters, and this week has discovered punctuation marks with a huge shriek of ‘What is this?’ as she pointed to the question mark at the end of one sentence, as if she had uncovered something new to the universe.
It’s always my aim to follow a child’s lead and add in some learning in a way that suits their current interest, so I suggested she might like to be a Letter Detective and go on a hunt to find some letters. Big hit! Now we can keep each other company on the sofa, reading alongside each other, as I suggest she spots a particular letter and she goes off to hunt. Spy glass optional.
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