Owen is all about Star Wars right now, so when I saw Star Wars valentines in the store a couple of weeks ago, I bought them without examining them too closely. Yesterday we got them out so that he could address them to his friends, and I realized that they didn’t have envelopes, and the spot where he had to write the names was a relatively small circle.
I talked him into not attempting to write his classmates’ names (they are up to letter Q in pre-K so he can mostly write A-Q, but a) not small and b) if he forgets how a letter goes he tends to just make it up with a few extra squiggles), and to just concentrate on writing O-W-E-N in the small “from” circle allotted.
Luckily we had a lot of extras so there was room for error. He can write a respectable OWEN when he is in the mood, but this was the first time he had to write twenty Owens in a row. He did a good job, despite all my nagging (he doesn’t yet understand that he really has to write the four letters in a particular order, and thus didn’t understand why O-E-N with a W fit in randomly underneath or on top or on the side might be a little cryptic to a beginning reader; he also likes to experiment with new ways of “holding” the pen. Sigh.)
Here are some of the outtakes that didn't make the cut:
And then since we had extra, he wanted to write a valentine to his favorite cat, Posy. He brought it upstairs and put it on her main bed on the sink, so that she could find it next time she settled there:
I’m sure Posy was pleased.