How my little writer has changed…

Slice of Life Day 27

I am participating in the 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:

  1. Her letter approximations are becoming more letter-like.
  2. She chooses to write and draw independently more often.
  3. She can write her name.
  4. Her confidence as a writer has grown dramatically, no more throwing herslf to the floor shouting,  “IT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A _____”
  5. She is starting to listen for sounds in the words she wants to write.
  6. She is adding more details to her pictures.
  7. She tells everyone we talk to (on video chat)  that she is doing a writing challenge.
  8. She is coming up with new ideas on her own.
  9. Her stamina as a writer is growing each day.
  10. 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.



Family By Marlowe



This is Mommy.


This is Daddy.


This is Marlowe.

11 thoughts on “How my little writer has changed…

  1. Such a fabulous, wonderful, amazing writing celebration! This is how writers grow. Writing together amplifies the joy. What a treasure the book sis.

  2. I love to hear about the changes she’s going through as a writer. She’s making lots of progress…I can’t wait to see how she continues her writing life after this month. 🙂

  3. Wow. What an adventure and a beautiful documentation this month of Marlowe’s emerging writing. I wonder if she will want to continue in the student challenge in April. My guess is yes. Blessings to your sweet family.

  4. Oh my preschool teacher’s heart is singing!! Thank you for being such a great parent and writing mentor to your daughter. I want to cut and paste this and send it out to all my early educator friends.

    • Awww thanks so much for saying that!! Watching kids start to see themselves as writers was always my favourite part of being a preschool teacher. I don’t teach preschool anymore but I would go back to it in a heartbeat!!

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