Slice of Life Day 27
I am participating in the twowritingteacher.org Slice of Life Challenge where I write each day for the month of March. This year my three-year old daughter (now 4 year-old) and I are writing collaboratively. Feel free to follow along our month-long writing journey!
It has been 27 days of writing for Marlowe and I. I didn’t know what this would look like when I decided that I would have her write alongside of me this month. It has been so much better than I ever could have imagined.
“Time to write mommy!”
“Can we have a writing party?”
“I have an idea, let’s write!”
“I have a surprise for you!”
I get to hear little phrases like these ones each day as she eagerly chooses to write everyday.
I made a list of changes I have noticed in no particular order:
- Her letter approximations are becoming more letter-like.
- She chooses to write and draw independently more often.
- She can write her name.
- Her confidence as a writer has grown dramatically, no more throwing herslf to the floor shouting, “IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A _____”
- She is starting to listen for sounds in the words she wants to write.
- She is adding more details to her pictures.
- She tells everyone we talk to (on video chat) that she is doing a writing challenge.
- She is coming up with new ideas on her own.
- Her stamina as a writer is growing each day.
- She genuinely LOVES to write, almost as much as reading now.
Here is a book she wrote today…
I am not a fan of giving emergent writers lined paper but Marlowe found some paper with lines from my recycled paper from school pile. Of course there was only one and I was instructed to make lines on every other page for her book. She said she wanted to write “This is Mommy.” I nudged her into stretching out her book by asking, “That sounds like a great start to a book about our family. What else could you include in your book?” When I helped her to stretch out the word This…. she said “I hear the sound that t and h make together.” I was pretty surprised that she internalised that so quickly. The other thing I noticed today was after the word ‘this’ she said “Do I need a space now?” It is neat to get little tiny insights into what they are thinking about as emergent writers.