Friday, February 27, 2009

Gracie Eats Her Alphabet

It has only been a month and a half since three year old Gracie decided she wanted to learn how to read, but she has pretty much learned the entire alphabet in that time.

There are a few letters that she doesn't know yet (like 'x' which she doesn't quite believe is a real letter - it just makes her laugh), and she is still confused about the sounds of some letters. But when it comes to recognizing and writing her letters, she has completely amazed me.

Will has learning disabilities and never really showed an interest in learning as a kid. He was more the rugby playing, class prankster type, who spent more time in the headmaster's office than he did in the classroom.

I don't really remember being eager to learn as a kid, either. I do remember that reading was hard and I was in the slow group back when I was 6. I also remember being excited about the art cart that went from classroom to classroom each week... and that was about it. At least until college, which was when I really discovered I loved to learn - my favorite classes being art, music, English Lit and theatre history (I was a Creative Arts major, can you tell?).

But Gracie... well, I'm not entirely sure if she isn't just a changeling. Bedtime stories have been replaced with reading her Winnie the Pooh encyclopedia, or laying back with her eyes closed while I read her poetry (okay, its Shel Silverstein, so its pretty wacky and cute... but still).

I wanted to give her a sweet treat as a way to celebrate her hard work and learning strides, so the other day I made her some alphabet cookies.

One bag of sugar cookie mix would have been enough to make the entire alphabet, measuring at about 2-3 inches per cookie. Annelie ate quite a lot of the dough, and then I burnt J, P, O, and N, but I was able to make about 16 letters and Gracie cheerfully decorated them all.

Kids are just amazing little things aren't they? The older my girls get, the more I realize they they are not quite the tiny little babies I imagined them to be when they were small. They are smart, independent, strong-willed and creative little ladies... and though they drive me completely bonkers about 90% of the time, I'm pretty darned proud of my girls!

Enjoy!

10 comments:

Whimsical Creations said...

How fun! That is amazing and wonderful she has learned her letters and how to write them.

Oh Mandie! said...

Wow! Way to go Gracie! - and man oh man do those cookies look scrumptious!

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Such a fun idea! She is always just so cute!!

(I still adore Shel Silverstein.) ;)

The Musings of The Momma said...

Great job Gracie! Nothing better than eating the alphabet!

Lori Anderson Designs said...

That is so cute about X! Her handwriting is so nice, too! I need to give Zack some repitition sheets like that so he can get it down a little better. Right now he just wants to speeeeeed through it!

Flight Fancy said...

She is one smart cookie! her handwriting is neater than mine :) Good for Gracie!

Anji Gallanos said...

Such a great idea and she looks like she is having so much fun. Very cute!!

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Janna said...

What a cool idea!! I love it! Gracie is so cute decorating cookies! I'm pretty sure she's cute no matter what she's doing, though.

Robin Maria Pedrero said...

She is so cute!!!

hollyzhobby said...

What a doll!

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