Notes from a Five-Year-Old

| August 10, 2016 | 5 Comments

Five-year-old Big Bro is making great strides with reading and writing. He never ceases to find an opportunity to write these days, be it making a book or adding CHES!! to the grocery list (“cheese”, FYI; exclamation marks to illustrate urgency).

Why, just the other Saturday morning, he he made a “Don’t wake up Mama” sign to stick on the door (the kids fought loudly over who was going to hang it up. Note the irony).

I love kid writing. He writes notes to his friends, pen-pal style or via stealth doorstep delivery. To remedy the issue of squirrels eating from our berry plants, he wrote “NO SKROS” and stuck it on the planter pot. Those greedy so-and-sos can’t read beginner writing, it seems, but I appreciated the effort.

He also writes notes for me, which is fun. Being a former Kindergarten teacher, I’m pretty good at deciphering five-year-olds’ writing, but sometimes I’m caught off guard.



HEY! Who are you calling a– oh. wait a minute.

Sometimes I can’t figure it out, I admit. I try the “tell me about what you’ve written on the board!” bit.

“Well, read it, Mama.”


OK. I can do this…


Don’t. Don’t something… iskem is ice cream? Ice cream sam… sam-wich. Don’t FORGET ICE CREAM SANDWICHES! Yess! I feel like I’ve just won the round on Bumper Stumpers.

And now I’d better not forget ice cream sandwiches on the next grocery trip. It’s in writing.

And lest I get too sentimental about his adorable hug notes, I’ll tell you about the time he couldn’t contain his mirth when he passed me a note that said “STIK” on the outside (with a drawing of a skunk), and giant letters saying “POP” on the inside. THAT one I deciphered right away. Call it a gift. I’m sure you can figure it out, too.

Kids will learn to write when it’s meaningful and relevant to them… and it doesn’t get more relevant and meaningful than that.


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Category: Babies and Toddlers, Family, Kids, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Brenda A says:

    So cute. I love keeping funny notes and pictures made by my littles!

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    This was such a cute post to read, I loved it!!

  3. Julie says:

    Love their beginning writing, it is so cute!

  4. Fan R. says:

    That’s is so much fun, I remember our little one was writing turtle ninja names, that was a challenge to decode!

    • Janet says:

      You gotta play it cool too if they ask you to read it. “Oh, I can read it, but how about YOU read it to me?” 🙂

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