L. has been working on some new skills over the last few weeks. Lately she has been fostering an obsession with a particular coloring and activity book, and devotes a good hour or two a day to it.
She gets me to read the instructions and to some she'll say, "That's too hard" (it usually is, for her), but with others she'll work diligently to complete the whole page. She is good at finding pairs and circling them, at matching activities, finding opposites, counting items and then circling the appropriate number, and she even understands the concept of rhyming. Good girl.
She also loves to read and identify letters, and has recently started to express interest in writing. Today we went to the beach with our neighbor and they were practicing writing letters, and their names, in the sand at one point. I interrupted so I could chat with our friend and then looked over my shoulder to see that L. had written out "MOM" clear as can be!
And then, this afternoon, as we walked back towards our apartment after visiting with another neighbor, I handed the keys to L. so that she could help me open the door. She has been practicing and has almost got it (if I lift her up to reach, of course). I turned to say hi to someone and turned back to find L. empty-handed. She had very thoughtfully sent the keys through our mailslot.
Sigh. I guess there are some 3-yr. old limits to this child's braininess after all. The lesson: teach her how to spell 'key', but don't let her anywhere near them!