I am a literacy coach. It is literally my job to promote reading and writing. I love seeing the way Ale is growing as a young reader and writer, and I try to encourage her to “write.” I rejoice in watching her fine motor skills develop as she, now purposefully, grips her pencils. I bought crayons long before she had the strength to make them show up on paper. She has had notebooks for years that we carry along for busy hands. She has an art box from my dreams overflowing with colors, stickers, and scraps of paper for her to glue.
Unfortunately, in our family, it has become a common question: “Ale, where can you write with that?” She always replies, “Only on paper!” That’s because we’re discovering all the places that we shouldn’t write, and our list grew again today:
1). Walls. Beware of the quiet child with markers. Watch out for sneaky glances as three year old hands hide markers in the folds of her skirt while backing out the room. And finally, if someone tells you to stay as she runs the opposite way, you should follow.
2). Tables. Just because your paper is on the table doesn’t mean you should write on the table…
3). Couches. The couch has its own rule book. Food and drinks aren’t allowed there. Play Doh is also on the list. Shoes aren’t welcome anymore either.
4). Books. This is hard to explain. It IS paper. There are pictures. Some books are for writing. Others aren’t. Most aren’t. So, back. Away. From. The. Book. With. Your. Markers!
5). Babies. Don’t do it. Of all the places you’ve written, this may be the one I least expected. You shouldn’t write on babies…