“why do we learn letters?”

Today when we were reviewing the letters and sounds we know so far, a little girl we’ll call Tomato raised her hand.

“Why do we learn letters?” she asked.  (English is her second language, I might add.)

I was about to start answering, or to find another child to answer, when I realized from the grin on her face that it had been a rhetorical question.  I let her answer it herself.

“So we can learn how to read!” Tomato said triumphantly.

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We were walking back from Gym when I heard Chutney muttering.

“P…Pa….Pat…”

She was sounding out the word “Patterns” on the kindergarten display of patterns in the hallway.

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