"When you called me to be a Mama, You didn't ask for perfection. But that with every breath, I'd point them to You."

Friday, December 23, 2011


When Jaden received his first progress note home from preschool earlier this year, there was only one area that he needed to improve on. The alphabet. Up until then, he had zero interest in even trying to learn letter 'A' -- let alone get all the way to 'Z.'

So Cody and I set out to find a way to capture his attention and interest. We started by painting a giant chalkboard wall in his room. We bought him a preschool "workbook" and came up with a couple of different activities to make it more fun for him.

Since the chalkboard was painted, we have been learning one letter a week. The letter of the week gets written on his chalkboard along with many words associated with it and it stays on his chalkboard for the whole week. It's always there for him to look at, and by doing one letter - one week at a time - he's really gotten excited about this whole Alphabet thing.

While the letter of the week is always the focal point of his chalkboard, the previous letters have their own space in the corner of the wall. Every night before bed, we go through all of the letters we've already learned. He has to tell me what each letter is - uppercase - and lowercase - and is getting them all right -- almost all of the time. And he's loving it. It has become a game for him, and he is so proud that he can pick letters out of books and signs, etc.

We've made it all the way from A to G. Congratulations Jaden, you're well on your way...

"You're off to great places. You're off and away... 
Kid, you'll move mountains!"