My daughter turned four in April. She has known her letters and sounds since she was two. I had thought that sometime in the past year, she would just automatically start leaving me notes around the house and drafting some of the stories she orally fabricates with her nonstop talking (anybody else live with a 4-year-old?).
I knew that she knew how to stretch her words orally to hear some of the sounds but, unless I really pushed her to do it (which just didn't feel right), she was not initiating any writing on her own.
Until last week...
We started doing a Morning Message at breakfast. Each morning, I sit at the table and write a simple message to my girls and include something about our plans for the coming day. Every other day, after reading through the message together, I introduce a new sight word (I, is, and, etc.) that I embed within the message and Amity circles all of the words she knows.