writing letters

During Mommy School everyday I write Andrew a letter. Today’s letter said:

June 10, 2009
Dear Andrew Rice,
Do you like train stickers or stop sign stickers?
Love, Mommy

So, these little letters have taught Andrew lots of concepts about print. He’s learned what his first, middle and last name look like. He knows a lot of small words (do, you, like, love, etc.). It’s also improved his speech. Really looking at language and the way we talk has helped Andrew use language better. He now uses articles and prepositions in his speech when last summer he would skip those kinds of words. And he might have added those types of words to language by now anyway, but I can’t help but think our daily study of his letter has really helped.

So in the last few months, the daily letter has included a question. I used to write his answers to the questions with his help. I would say the word slowly and record the letters he heard. Or if we were writing a word that was already in the letter, we would find that word and copy it. But one day, he wanted to pick up the pencil. So he would write a crazy hodge-podge-ery of letters and lines and whatnot on a paper next to me while I wrote out the answer to his question. We’d still talk it through like we did before with our sounding out’s and our word hunts, but this time he’d be writing things to.

Now he writes the whole answer. I make one line for each word on his paper and we talk it out the way we did before, but his hodge-podge-ery is more organized. Legible, even. Go figure.

But then, that wasn’t enough. Now he talks out a story of the letters as he writes. Sometimes he’ll make a letter laying down and tell me that that letter fell down! Then, he’ll draw arms on another letter so that letter can help the fallen letter. He includes faces and shows which letters were happy and which were sad.

This was today’s letter story.

As he wrote his name:
“It’s D’s birthday! Letter R and letter E are coming to the party! And so is letter W!”

As he writes “likes”:
“Letter L is in his home. Oh! Letter I knocked on the door! He wants to come inside!” Andrew accidentally writes a C instead of an E “Letter c! What are you doing here? Letter C wanted to come.” I erase C. “Letter E is knocking on the door now!”

And as he writes “stickers”:
“Letter R wants to play with a ball! Here is a ball for letter R. And letter S wants to play with him! They are playing ball together! Letter R is happy.”

I wonder what his teachers will think…



This is the letter. He wrote “Andrew likes stop sign stickers.”


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I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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8 Responses to writing letters

  1. Samata K says:

    that is just so sweet. :)

  2. Seeking La Loba says:

    Aww! "Letter R and Letter E are coming to the party." :) Funny kid.

  3. Susan says:

    That is so cool. We need to talk later this summer about kindergarten stuff for Joseph.

  4. Firefly says:

    LOVE Andrew.

  5. Mama V says:

    Sooo cute!

    Sooo amazing!

    I think his teachers this fall will think, "Forget pre-k and heck, even kindergarten – let's put that kid in 1st grade!"

  6. Melissa says:

    Reminds me of that book- chicka chicka boom boom. Does he have it? He would love it!

    I love this idea- can I steal it?

  7. kate o. says:

    i love your idea of "mommy school" letters. a great tool for learning and i bet it will be so sweet reading back through them years from now.

  8. Anne says:

    Seems so great to be a teacher and a mommy. Wicked skills.

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