Friday, November 21, 2008


So what do you think the above word is?

Well, to me, it is one of the sweetest words I could have read, as you see, it was written by Emma Sage on a paper from school and she wrote it all on her own in a sentence.

The paper went like this: Thanksgiving is a time for being thankful. Draw a picture of someone or something that you are thankful for. Write a sentence telling why you are thankful for that person, pet, or thing.

Well, I was given this paper last night at my Parent/Teacher conference, and Emma Sage's teachers were so proud of this paper, as it was a drawing of me [thank you Emma Sage for making me very skinny] and written on her own following the classroom prompt, was

"I am thankful for my MOM bekas she is bwtifl"

Emma Sage is beginning to love to write. She still gets fatigued after a while and multiple sentences are still a struggle for her....but single sentences and using a whole word process, she is writing on her own.....sounding out words and writing them!

I am just so excited to see this, as this is truly the beginning of her being able to independently express herself. She is good at prompting and copying text, but this is independent writing......

So, it was very funny for me to see, a paper she decided to write on her own at home for her brother Otto. They were playing and on his encouragement, she got a little out of hand and hit him. She felt bad, although when he got this paper from her, he was actually the one who apologized to her, as he knew it was an accident.

She felt bad that she had hurt her brother that she wrote.....

"I am sorre"

and as Thanksgiving approaches, I am so very thankful for all the blessings in my life....and I'm overjoyed with Thanks on this new development in Emma Sage's writing.


Anonymous said...

That's wonderful! I knew what it was. My daughter is about the same stage in her reading and writing I think! It's so exciting!

Tara Marie said...

Awe, is exciting, isn't it? I think this makes my heart swell the most, as it is clear to me that she is reading and understanding written language....and that is such a glorioius gift.

ES has a great sight word basis....but now the phonetical decoding in both reading and writing makes me realize that the treasure of books will be available for her.

The one thing that I prayed for after her birth and my realization tha she did in fact have Down syndrome was that she would be able to read. Reading is so imporatant in my life, and I so wanted her to beable to enjoy reading, as in a book, you can travel through time on so many adventures.

Chris said...

What bwtifl post!

Praying that my little guy will one day be reader too.

Emma Sage is definitely on her way!

Heidi said...

Wow! I was browsing through blogs and I happened by yours and it caught my eye. That is so awesome that your daughter is learning to write! What a blessing! I have a little cousin who has down syndrome and he is one of the most wonderful people I know. He is so loving and very clever! He's not really verbal though, he has some words. I live far from him now and miss him a lot. Sorry for rambleing on! Anyway, I just wanted to tell you I think your daughter is bwtifl herself and I voted for her picture in that contest. That was such a sweet photo! Have a blessed day!

Lisa said...

Oh my . . . that is soooo sweet.