Adventures of a Child learning how to write

Do Not Disterd! Cleaning Room!! :(

When you want to get your point across... just make a sign!
When you want to get your point across... just make a sign!

Read for 10 min. Math Work Shit!

When I first had my children, I never imagined the day when they would start learning how to read and write. Yes, I knew they would eventually learn their ABC’s and I was pretty certain those picture books would eventually turn into chapter books, but those thoughts were in the back half of my mind. After all, when they are just a baby barely able to crawl, I was more concerned about them learning to feed themselves then actually digging into a good book.

Well, the time is now among us. My oldest daughter is now in 3rd grade and while she has been learning her alphabet and learning how to write since she was in Kindergarten, her passion has grown far above my imagination. Yet, when you see the writing of a 3rd grader, you take for granted what you read from a person with years of experience. The writings of a 3rd grader can definitely put a smile on your face and a chuckle in your heart.

While my daughter has been practicing her writing for some time, it wasn’t until this year when she really started to try and write stories or little notes on her own. Spelling everything phonetically, she definitely has a dictionary of her own. This year when writing in her agenda, an assignment they have to do daily, she wrote down the assignments the teacher gave to them for homework. Her agenda read, “Read for 10 min. Math work shit!” No, that is not a typo. It was supposed to say sheet, but with a couple vowel switches, she accidentally swore in her agenda. Now I understand not liking math, but didn’t think she would take it this far. Actually, I thought this was cute. When I corrected her… so the next time she spelled sheet correctly, she was thoroughly embarrassed. She corrected it immediately, but not before I took a quick snapshot. These are memories you have to preserve after all!

Here's your sign!

A door without a sign is, well, just a door!
A door without a sign is, well, just a door!

Time to clean my room....

Today, my daughter decided she would clean her room. While normally I would think this was a miracle, because I have never witnessed my 8 year old daughter clean her room without being constantly harassed, I was more amused by the sign she put on her door. The sign read, “Do not desterd! Cleaning room!!” Of course the double exclamation points were accompanied by angry eyebrows and a frowning face! This made my day. Not only was my daughter cleaning her room, she was also actively engaging her writing muscles… even if she does need help with spelling!

While these small moments seem funny right now, I am so excited about my daughters ability to write and her love for reading. She is practicing hard every day and each day she gets a little better. I just hope that her passion rubs off on my other two children who are going to be following in her footsteps shortly. In the future, I look forward to what else she writes.

The current sign hanging on her bedroom door now reads..."Taking a break, taking a nap, going to bed." Underneath the sign in smaller print way at the bottom it reads, "Whichever one is underlined is the one that I am doing!" I am thinking we might need to get her a white erase board for her bedroom door messages!

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AJAPONTE 5 years ago

fun read, thanks


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kozmo 4 years ago

Once your child writes down their thoughts it gives them a whole new world of power. It is an exciting time. Enjoy each day.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kosmo - Very true. The one that wrote this is now full-fledged writing and reading. She still has a horrible time with spelling so seeing what she writes sometimes is hard to understand. However, she is a very good story teller. Now I have another one who is in the same learning to write boat. The doors have been opened and they have been growing up so fast! :)


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kozmo 4 years ago

It would be a good idea to start a journal with her. You can respond to here thoughts with correct spelling. The more she sees conventional spelling the better, without it being a hassle. Also, obtain a handy junior dictionary and encourage using it.

Once you have a teenager in your world, the routine use of a journal to communicate with Mom will be invaluable.

Check out abclegacy.com and let me know what you think of the effort there. Thanks.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Kozmo - That is a great idea... I might have to get her a journal for Christmas - was thinking about it but I think you have a great suggestion here.

Thanks for the site. I checked it out and it seems pretty imformative. I have it bookmarked for furture references to check out more indepth. It seems full of great information. Thanks for the suggestion. :)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ok I was wondering how I could have ever missed this - but it looks like it has been around since before me maybe:) lol

So cute! I think reading their phonetic spelling is hilarious! I think math is shi*7y too:) lol I would much rather be writing!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@Real - I totally forgot about this one. I love the angry eyed exclamation points that they put on the sign! I am glad I caught this when I did... their spelling has gotten much better now! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

LOL I have to agree with the pre-corrected version of the math assignment. ;-)

I've always liked to write, and to read. Growing up in a house where dad refused to have a TV, reading and music were what we did for fun. I've always been a good speller, as well, but don't put me in a spelling bee; I "choke" under pressure. ;-)

Very cute story. Voted up and funny.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca Author

@DzyMsLizzy - I agree with the pre-corrected version of math as well. Not that I mind math... but most of it I do! :)

Glad you enjoyed this hub. I have always been a big fan of writing, reading and music. Even today, I would prefer to do that instead of watching TV. However I will admit I kind of do both. But the TV is on for background noise! :)

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