D is a very smart three year old. He knows his alphabet and recognizes his letters, can count to 20, knows the majority of his shapes and colors, and is the biggest techie that I've ever seen (for a three year old that is).
But I feel like such a slacker.
Apparently, three year olds should also be able to WRITE their letters and numbers, not just say or recognize them ( I thought that's what preschool was for). D started tracing the letters on his Leapster Explorer that GiGi got him for Christmas, but that's not the same. For one, it's still using technology and not HIS handwriting and and secondly, if it gets to hard, or if he's bored with it, then he can just switch it to another game. Blank paper doesn't work because he's not in to the whole "copy what mommy does" routine and would rather just draw circles and scribble. Which is wonderful, because getting him to color is like trying to feed him broccoli, but evidently it isn't productive.
So while we were at Target, D and I picked up a workbook that will help him write and learn the phonetics of his letters.
He was ready to start right away, but we waited till C's Monday morning nap so it could just be the two of us. I thought I would have to bribe him to do more than one page, but I have to bribe him to limit it to eight pages a day!
He's just so cute when he's concentrating so hard to make sure he stays on the dotted line. And he gets frustrated when he goes a little outside the lines (ok a lot outside the lines)
Now if only we can get the potty thing down...