I've been getting a positive response to this little posts about my three year old's milestones on the road to literacy, so I'm planning to keep them coming. Here is the latest: Baby Bookworm has started acting out books. The book itself doesn't need to be anywhere nearby.
I first noticed this when I found her walking around the rug saying "Swishy swashy, swishy swashy! Stumble trip, stumble trip" (from We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury, of course).
Today I found her scolding her babysitter. I started to protest, but stopped when I realized that they were doing a scene from Fancy Nancy: The Fanciest Doll in the Universe by Jane O'Connor & Robin Preiss Glasser. It's a scene in which Nancy discovers that her little sister has written on Nancy's precious doll's stomach in permanent marker. Baby Bookworm likes to act the part of the outraged older sister, while her co-actor is forced to defend herself, in shrill tones ("But she wanted a tattoo"). Needless to say, it is pretty funny.
I've seen acting out stories suggested as a way to get kids excited about books. I just didn't realize that it could happen spontaneously. It is certainly something that I plan to encourage. Even if I have to put up with being scolded. (That doll wanted a tattoo. She said so.)
Do you have any literacy milestones to share?