Zara’s Writing Project

January 27, 2010 at 11:56 am

I just started a writing project with Zara this week.

I was worried about how she still mixes up d and b, writing j and s the other way round, and mixing capital letters and small letters in the same word (i.e. boG instead of dog, or dEb instead of bed), so I thought I should spend an hour each day with her, to get her to do some writing, what better way than to start something like a diary.

I’ll ask her to think about what she wants to write, then help her by
1) making sure she doesn’t mix capital and small letters in the same word,
2) spelling with phonics, or guide her on the spelling of sight words

After she’s finished writing, I’ll tell her the correct way of spelling some of the words that she’s spelled phonatically.

Here are her writing the last 2 days. Since she likes drawing, I ask her to attach a small picture about what she wrote.

25/1 – Both girls played with party poppers (they got from friend) without any adult’s supervision (although I’d told them before hand they can’t play with them on their own and told them what could happen if they did play on their own). I punished both by getting them to stand at the naughty corner, and when they started fighting at the naughty corner, I smacked both. She drew a sorry card for me (and drew herself on the naughty ‘chair). She crossed out the tear, and checked smile, and she said, “Having tears is not good, but smiling is good.”
Zara's writing

26/1 – When I went to pick up the girls from school, we saw a mother’s car window being smashed by a thief who wanted to get to the handbag the mother left in the car. I like the smashed window she drew.
Zara's writing

I hope by doing this, it’ll help with her writing.

Zaria’s Drawing

January 19, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Zaria kind of pick up the interest in arts from Zara. During the school holidays, when Zara spent time drawing, Zaria too would request for paper, and joined in. Sometimes she would ask us for help with drawing certain things, most of the time, she’s on her own.

While Zara made me a handbag, Zaria did this with scraps of colour papers.
Zaria's arts and craft

Here are some of her pictures, drawn during the school holidays.

She said this is a family.
Zaria's drawing Baloon Family

And here is another family drawing.
Zaria's drawing Baloon Family 1

Here is one she asked, “You know what is this or not?”
Zaria's drawing - guess what it is?
I could only say, “It’s very beautiful. Can you tell me what this is?”
Do you know what this is?
Zaria said, “It’s a mermaid on a rock. See the long hair or not.”
Oh.. ok.

Here is another one she asked me to guess.
Zaria's drawing - Guess what it is?
I was very confident, “A bird flying towards a mountain.”
She said, “Nooo..”
What do you think it was?
According to her, it is “A bird flying to a diamond castle.” o.O”

And then one day, she was drawing a birthday cake for herself. She asked me to help with the knives, and then she did more doodling, and came over to surprise me with this.
Zaria's 1st attempt in writing her name.Her first attempt in writing her name.

All these before she turned 3.

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