3V0935.01 Reading About Letters (8/14/80)
In Richard Scary’s “Great Big School House,” an extended section is
developed around the alphabet. Peggy was reading this section quietly
to herself today when Robby’s friend Billy came for a visit. He joined
Peggy on the floor for a while, asked if she knew her letters or
numbers. Peggy later asked me to read that same section to her.
A few days later, Gretchen was drawn into read[ing] about those same letters.
Peggy must often work hard to amuse herself. She has no nearby or
coeval playmates. When she cannot persuade a more grown up person
to play with her, “reading” is often an activity of choice and her focus
is often on individual letters. Everybody she meets knows how to