Noah has developed a strong interest in spelling words and counting the letters in words. He loves it when I spell words out loud so he can count the letters on his fingers. He's memorized a few words and phrases, and one of his favorites is "I-L-O-V-E-Y-O-U" It's very sweet to have him tell us he loves us by spelling it!!
We made an activity together where I wrote out all the names of his school friends, and he sorted them according to the number of letters that each name has. It's a great pre-reading skill. For instance, he knows that his friend Ethan starts with an "E" and has 5 letters, so when he sees that strip of paper, he instantly knows it spells Ethan's name. Friends' names are great first sight words!