Mira's been getting really good with letters. She recognizes and can name any letter, upper or lower case. And she's starting to work on the sounds the letters make. There are a few letters that she knows the sounds of really well and can name multiple things that start with the letter, like B and D and M.
Playing with some letters.
She can spell her name. Given a pile of letters, she can pick out the ones that go in her name and put them in the right order... although that whole "left to right" concept is a little iffy.
And she's even starting to work on writing some letters. If I draw a letter, she can do a pretty good job of replicating it in her own handwriting. I'd say, for being 2 and a half, this is pretty impressive:
And all of this is not because I push this kind of learning onto her; SHE wants to learn it and asks me to draw letters so that she can do it too. She'll start up a conversation out of the blue about the sounds different letters make. It's information she genuinely wants to know and regularly asks about. I think she may understand that this is the key to reading and that is why she wants to learn it. She's just like her father that way... naturally inquisitive. And like me in that she has a strong desire for understanding and craves explanations. Needless to say, I am so proud of her.