Wow! Looks like fun! Love the pictures. :)I wouldn't be too bothered by the fact that T doesn't want to learn the alphabet. I teach JK/SKs everyday in an early childhood environment. Writing development commonly goes from long wavy lines ("paragraphs"), to shapes ("letters"), to shapes with breaks in between them ("sentences"), to random letters in a row, to simple words, etc. T probably has his own form of alphabet made up, and that's great news. Most of the children in the pre-JK group are T's age, and they're around the "shapes" and "shapes with spaces" stage. A few of them know one letter in their name, and even fewer can write the whole thing. I've recently learned that the only thing to do is to praise them for writing anything they can. Any sort of criticism or pressure might make them drop the pencil. I love that he's writing in a journal. That's fantastic! T's interest in writing is all there. I try to encourage my children by asking an open-ended question like, "Who are you writing to?" to get more information on their interests. Hope you're having a great summer,Alyssa
Thanks so much for this comment, I've been wondering how much to push and how much to let him do his own thing - this helped a lot!