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Five Year Old Angst

February 10, 2008

Isabel is learning to read and write. She has recently discovered what a powerful communication tool writing is. She has turned a composition notebook into her journal of sorts. She sometimes spends the few minutes before bedtime storytime drawing clock faces and writing the numbers or writing our names down. She also found out that it helps her to write down things when she is angry. She is limited though, since she can’t read or write really. She does know the sound of all the letters and her method is to write down her guess of the letters.

She was recently very mad at all of us, who can remember why now, she is a bit volatile.

Here is the first part of her entry:


We started thinking that not only was she angry, but wondering where she was picking up a crude vocabulary. However, after a bit of settling down (because she got especially angrier after we kind of chuckled at what we thought was a bit of cursing), I discovered that she was not, thankfully, calling her sisters a rude name, but she was trying to spell BECAUSE. Glad we got that cleared up.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. april. permalink
    February 10, 2008 2:58 am

    oh, this is so sweet and funny. I really enjoy the emergent reader years, when ever letter is so fresh and exciting!

  2. Angelina permalink
    February 10, 2008 7:12 pm

    It’s probably good for a fiery gal like Isabel to get her emotions out on paper.

    I love to see the world open up to new readers too. This has been one of the most exciting parts of parenting to me so far.

  3. Lisa permalink
    February 11, 2008 4:15 am

    It is an amazing time. I have a slightly different perspective with Isabel. Maddy started reading right before she turned five, and at that time I was still working basically full-time and she was in preschool, so I missed a lot, which I’m now really realizing. It is so amazing how different the experience is when you are there to see the entire process. I was just talking to Lawrence about this last week. I haven’t felt this feeling since Isabel was a baby, because between toddlerhood and reading there just aren’t as many huge firsts as there are in that first year.

  4. adriana permalink
    February 11, 2008 5:51 pm

    I can’t stop chuckling about this.

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