We went out for lunch on Mother’s Day, it wasn’t the best meal I’ve ever eaten, but it will now always hold a special place in my heart. Halfway through lunch Monkey looked out of the restaurant window at the shops on the other side of the road. Look Mummy, I can see a F for Fish and a Slippery S. Monkey was recognising letters with no prompting.
Now, I know that a lot of his peers have been able to do this for ages. I mention it to friends, and I can see in their eyes, oh, right, mine have been doing that forever. But this is Monkey, the boy who takes everything in like a sponge, but holds it in his head for a very long time.
The last few weeks Nursery School have introduced Read Write Inc Phonics to the children in Monkey’s class. All of a sudden, something has clicked with Monkey. Believe me, we have lots of ABC books, we read all the time as you know. But being interested in showing me that he’s recognising letters? Not on your life. We had the first breakthrough when he wrote the first letter of his name last week.
Now Monkey is recognising letters, but also sharing that information with us without being prompted. I’d thought that the special moment for Mother’s Day was having a card where he’d written the first TWO letters of his name. But no! My Monkey was saving up his magic moment for later in the day.
He does already know letters, we update out magnetic calendar every morning. But every morning I have to ask him to find the F day or the M day. Sunday was special, it was all about him recognising letters and sharing information with me, without any instigation from me.