I think after all the hard work we’ve done with the children, some are starting to look at themselves as writers! I think. I’m pretty sure. They’ve always enjoyed coloring and any art project we’ve done – they’ve seen themselves as artists for awhile. For the past month or so, I’ve noticed that they’ve been “writing” on their projects. Maybe it’s just strings of letters, but they know what it says. They have been making signs lately for their projects and labeling drawings on their own. None of the “words” make any sense to me but when I ask them to read it to me – they do. Some ask how to spell words and then sound them out with me as they write. This is progress – this makes me happy! This is what makes me love teaching – seeing moments like this – seeing their growth – their joy – even their hurt – and trying to get them through and make them see just how special they are – even when I find it hard to see sometimes.
(This picture was found through google images – but it illustrates perfectly what some of my children are starting to do.)