Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The List

Yesterday Cavett decided we needed a "To-Do" List. This was not like our mug, but a list of our errands. He wrote down Banc, Target and School in that order--bottom to top. He was quite proud of it. He was even able to bring his wallet with him and buy a treat with his own "Mad Money" as he calls it.

As he wrote this "list" it reminded me of a book my mom gave me, " Beyond Bedtime Stories." It is a really great book for parents to encourage literacy. So, here is a small abridged version of the excerpt I was reminded of by Cavett's list.

What Can You Do to Boost Literacy Through Writing?

(This chapter is all about "In the Kitchen".) In the kitchen, we typically write any or all of the following:
  • Grocery Lists

  • To-Do Lists

  • Notes and Reminders to Family members

  • Cards and Letters
  • Checks to pay bills

  • Labels for food containers

  • Names on school bags or file folders

When you do these activities in front of your children, demonstate how useful writing is. Invite them to join you.

Writing is just as important as reading. Encourage where you can! I love watching my blossoming writer and can't wait for the storybooks of his own one day.


Upstatemomof3 said...

What a smart little kiddo. Big Brother has been really into writing lately but he cannot do it as well as Cavett. Now my competitive button is in full gear telling me I need to get him writing more. :) No, seriously those are great suggestions. Thanks!

Falcone Family said...

Yup! you're right about Writing! My favorite oart of the day at work.
Isabela has already developed that "need" to list before we run out the door! Of course, she develops it at the same time I changed my life to only really commiting to my "short list", but I think she's ok with learning that soemtimes we can not do it all and that's ok.

Falcone Family said...

meant to say "my favorite part of the day at work" : Writers Workshop.

davis family said...

Isn't it amazing what these little ones can do! Walker is very into writing these days also and loves lists, letters and cards - he has a little notebook that he grabs when he needs to jot something down, so cute!