Saturday, May 30, 2009

One Small Step for Mankind, One Giant Leap for Anna

Anna is starting to show a real interest in learning to read. Helped by her new preschool she is constantly thinking about words, and in particular asking what letters they start with. Examples are, Luh, Luh, leave Mummy alone and O, O, Oh My God stop talking.

To encourage this, and to try and make up for a woeful lack of hands-on parenting in the last few months (thanks Lucy!) I have started doing treasure hunts around the house. Each clue is a piece of paper with a word on it, usually something simple that she can sound out phonetically, such as BALL (oh come on, who doesn't have a giant Pilates ball in their living room?!). This has proved to be so much more successful than just sitting together and helping her read a book. A treasure hunt has purpose, and more importantly, a reward of a few jelly beans at the end.

Ah, bribery, teacher of many a child.

After one of the hundred million treasure hunts I have been asked to devise over the last, morning (you think I jest), I told Anna it was quiet time, and that Mummy needed a rest (read: cocktail). Not realizing I had left her alone in our bed with a pen.

This could have been disastrous, not least for my lovely embroidered Pottery Barn duvet cover - one of the last vestiges of wealthier times. But no, another triumph for absentee parenting! While left to her own devices, Anna had decided to construct her own treasure hunting.

Reading to writing in one fell swoop. I bring you:


The slightly more obscure "BANANA" (great drawing)

and my personal favourite "HORSE", a clue found on her My Little Pony, and not (if you follow my twisted mind, on LK's stack of Playboys....

OK, maybe it's too early to call Cambridge, but Oxford surely?!


seadragon said...

Those are so cute.

Virtualsprite said...

These are adorable. I remember when the Goober started to read and write. I was so excited. It's so much fun when their brains just take those giant developmental leaps.

Life As I Know It said...

I found it so fascinating watching my son learn to read. It's amazing. I used to do treasure hunts for him too! If you make them long enough, it can keep them busy for awhile ;)

Tranquility said...

Wow - I'm totally impressed! Preschool you say?

Hyphen Mama said...

Awe crap! Just more proof that I'm failing miserably.

Good job, Anna, on BANANA! HOs are good, too. You can ride 'em 'til the cows come home.

Julia said...


I think those are exceptionally clever.

Expat mum said...

Wow, impressive. That seems to be somewhat developed for a pre-schooler. Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge all in one I would say!