One of the best parts of parenting is when your children surprise and amaze you. I have had that experience lately with Simon (who turned 5 two months ago) spontaneously starting to write.
He knows letter-sound correspondences for the 26 letters of the alphabet (he also knows that some letters can stand for more than one sound and that sometimes two letters stand for one sound, but I haven’t taught him those yet). He knows how to blend sounds to make a word and has lately been interested in segmenting the sounds in words. To help him learn the lower-case letters and as a pre-handwriting exercise, I’ve had him trace Montessori sandpaper letters the same way that you write them. But I’ve never asked him to actually write anything.
Within the last couple weeks, he has starting writing. From deciding what he wants to write, gathering the materials, sounding out the words, and forming the letters on the paper, he is doing it on his own. He has taken his knowledge and skills and put them together to do something new, and it’s just so cool.
Considering that he’s only in junior kindergarten, he’s doing well. He has written, “wut God” (he was going for “What God Made,” the title of a booklet from our religion program), “it iz in du” (he was going for “It is in the living room.”), and “wii bud” (for “Wii board”). The one that I especially enjoyed, however, was when he told me, “I made a Star Wars book just for you, but it’s not a book you read, it’s a book you sing.” He then gave me several papers that he had stapled together and filled with “Dun Dun Dun…” I asked him to sing it and he sang the Imperial March (Darth Vader’s Theme).