I'll admit I was a little less than thrilled when our pediatrician gave the girls each a pencil after their four-year old check-up. Visions of puncture wounds and lead poisoning...and return trips to the pediatrician...began dancing through my head.
They were so excited, though. I told them we would play with their pencils -- TOGETHER -- at home. I found a pencil sharpener (I was pretty proud of that find...it's probably been 10 years since I used it, at least!), and the girls watched with rapt attention as the shavings spiraled off and the point grew.
The girls got out their little notebooks that Aunt Alison sent them for their birthday, and they were set.
B wrote her name and drew a few pictures, but she soon wandered back to her crayons and coloring books. Baby A has been a different story.
At times she's been near-obsessed with her pencil and notebook.
And what does she want to do???
She **might** be modeling after her mama, when she gets such a charge out of making lists. :)
Many days, she asks for her pencil and gets out her notebook as I'm working in the kitchen. She'll ask me, "How do you spell CABINET?" I name the letters, one by one, often sounding them out and asking her to guess at what comes next. She'll go on like this for 20 minutes sometimes!
I just got her notebook out to jot down a few of the words she's listed over the past couple of weeks.
I was amazed 1) that I could read most of them; and 2) at the insight into her stream of consciousness at the variety of words she asked to spell.
So I can only surmise...
...if you give a girl a pencil, she'll ask for a notebook, and then she'll start to make lists...and before you know it, she'll be making spreadsheets to keep track of her publishing prowess...if you give a girl a pencil.
Maybe the pediatrician wasn't so wrong after all.