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I had penpals when I was in middle school. Did you? I can't quite recall how I got them, but I was so excited about them. I've always loved the mail and getting and sending little treasures. Willow and Roan have had penpals for awhile (we owe you letters, beanovich!). Yesterday, Willow got a letter from a new penpal.


She has gained a lot of skills this year--like reading and inventive spelling and writing sentences.
You can see her here, working to read her new mail.


She quickly had me get her paper and she set to work on her own fairy stationery to send back. We put the letter in the mail just before supper. With her two penpals being a year ahead of her, I have to remind myself not to be too critical of her writing. It is so new! She did work out spacing words as her letter progressed and that's a wonderful lesson on its own.

I saw someone in a grocery store a couple days ago and we were talking about early academics for children. I told her that I could really see that things came at the right time for Willow, even though I think she would have gone along with an earlier start. I am glad that we took an extra year to spend more time on sensory integration and getting her into her body more before taking up schoolwork that required output. Waiting for the change of teeth was just right--it was obvious at the end of last summer that she was really ready for something more.

Me, well, I'm ready for breakfast. Time to check my egg.


( 7 trees — Plant a Forest )
May. 18th, 2016 12:03 pm (UTC)
Since the moment we put the letter in the mailbox, Elizabeth has asked when did I think it would get there? : ) I'm so glad it arrived. What you say about the writing is very true - Elizabeth's always writing and drawing and making little books. It's just her thing. So she practices for fun. Jack's writing is much more typical 2nd grade! Early academics - the more years go by, the more I read about education - the more surprised I am at our modern practices. Even back in the 'Golden Age' of classical education, they did not begin academics until what we would call 'the change of teeth.' I did have a penpal in Ireland when I was in middle school. It was so exciting! - Stacey
May. 19th, 2016 10:40 am (UTC)
I think many folks who have homeschooled as long (or longer) say similar things. People ask about things for preschool at home and they say, "no need to hurry, just let life be the curriculum."

Ireland does sound exciting!
May. 18th, 2016 05:59 pm (UTC)
When I was 10 my only friend moved away and that is how I began writing letters. :) Later on, in high school, I put an advertisement in an old-fashioned magazine for more correspondents and got so many replies! I am still friends with some of those penpals, and that is how I was also introduced to the Live Journal community.

Willow seems to be advancing at a perfectly normal pace! This is how I know my boys have dyslexia, because neither of them would be able to read that letter nor make a reply. It is still all Greek to them. It clicks much later (early teens?) for dyslexics.
May. 19th, 2016 11:11 am (UTC)
What a neat story! :-) Your boys are blessed to have an understanding mother.
May. 18th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
How exciting, a new penpal!

We're penpals with a Rav mom who has June '09 and August '11 girls (and a boy younger than Miri). I am really bad at organizing us to write to them! I keep meaning to have the girls send letters to your kiddos, but, disoragnized :)

I feel like I rather pushed things with N, even though I didn't do anything formal with her and it was all things she enjoyed. We weren't sure about school, so I wanted her to be on track for it. And this year, she was just ready. Change of teeth, too :) With Leah, I'm just not pushing at all. She loves concentrated work like beading and drawing, and just isn't as drawn to academics as N was, and I'm not rushing. Just doesn't seem urgent.

Edited at 2016-05-18 08:46 pm (UTC)
May. 19th, 2016 11:13 am (UTC)
Every child is different. :-) Roan hardly likes to draw, but loves to cut vegetables and really grasps how things work.
Ginger Schneider
May. 20th, 2016 12:15 am (UTC)
I sure did! Her name was Lisa and she lived in Michigan. I still have the chalk Christmas mouse ornament she sent me in 1977. I found her on Facebook several years ago and she didn't even remember me. :( Good for Willow. Larry was a penpal,too,and look how great that worked out!! :D
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