It may have been vacation for the kids, but I wasn't about to let our week in the US Virgin Islands go down without any sort of intellectual stimulation. So I brought a little booklet and a pack of colored pencils, and asked Jada to write and draw a little each morning about fun things we had done the day before.
Now that she has lots of words and gets lots of practice using them at school, she took to this daily assignment with gusto. Alas, some days I had to urge her on to say more than just "we went to the beach . . . it was fun." Still, here's hoping these are the early experiences of a junior blogger.