I walk down the stairs and there she sits, criss-cross-applesauce, in the middle of the living room floor. Blanket laid out. Pillows scattered around. Her favorite Dry Erase Books fanned out in front. Her treasured box of dry erase markers in a variety of colors. A neat little stack of paper towels folded beside her. She’s got her tongue out as she concentrates; precisely copying her sight words.
I say, “What cha doing, Little Bug?”
“Homework. I gotta get these sight words done, Mommy, so I can keep learning to read and spell the words ya’ll spell when I’m listening’. I can hear ya’ll, ya know?!”
My little Bug. It’s true… she loves to learn, but mostly… she’s pretty done with us spelling things over her head. Remember how awesome it was to be “in cahoots” when you were six? She wants to be “in cahoots” so badly she can’t stand it. (She’s so tired of being “out of cahoots”!) 😂
The learning-to-read-stage has always fascinated me. They literally go from learning the difference between upper-case and lower-case letters, to putting letters into words, to forming sentences with punctuation and everything! Kid-writing is my absolute favorite. That stage where they write what they phonetically hear. Little Bug’s first sentence: Mom lvs me. (All the heart eyes! That one went straight into the memory box!)
So the challenge has been: How to keep up with my six-year-old’s voracious appetite to learn and foster her love for reading/writing?
Some of her (and my) very favorite learning-to-read dry erase books and markers:
I found these items on Amazon and they are the best. She even totes them to the soccer field on Saturdays while big sissy plays.
They help her work on fine-motor skills (with pen control) and reinforces learning of foundational letters, words and numbers!
Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book (Wipe Clean Early Learning Activity Books) Spiral-bound – January 9, 2007 by Roger Priddy
Wipe Clean Workbook Tracing and Pen Control (Wipe Clean Workbooks) Spiral-bound – June 8, 2010 by Roger Priddy
*Note: These books always come with a single black pen, but it doesn’t wipe off as easily as it should and leaves behind streaks. Instead, I bought these EXPO markers, which come in multiple colors and wipe off with ease. They also come in fine-tip.
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