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LiteracyMilestoneAUntil recently, if my daughter wanted to write something, she would ask us how to spell it. We would carefully pronounce the word, sound by sound, and make her guess the letters, helping out in the many cases where English just doesn't make sense. This was a slow process. 

In the last couple of days, however, she's become too impatient for that. She has so much that she wants to write down that she has started just making up her own mind about how each word is probably spelled. The results are much more prolific, if sometimes a bit difficult to puzzle out.

This afternoon she presented me with a series of animal facts that she had written down. Here are a couple of the more readily-decipherable ones:

  • "Lisrs have babees" 
  • "Sum frogs er bloo" 

Some of the others, well, I'm still not exactly sure what she's trying to get at. I've suggested that she add illustrations. I suspect that this coming time period will parallel that time when she had just started talking, but couldn't pronounce all of her letters, and we had to work to understand what she was saying. Kind of a sub-local dialect. 

But I am thrilled to see her so excited about the written word. Now that she's getting the hang of it, there will be no stopping her.  

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