I have been blessed. I am not a good planner, despite my best intentions. In my head, it's all sorted out, but as life happens, I tend to let life happen rather than sticking to the plan.
So, at least with this first child, I feel God has given me some grace. He may be telling me to get my act together because the second child is going to be a lot harder to educate than the first; I'm not sure. But Claire has been so easy. She learned how to read very quickly, and right when I think I've let her brain go to mush by ignoring her all day while I chase her little brother, she'll come running out of her room to show me a story she wrote. I was just going to introduce to her the idea of keeping a journal so that she could practice her writing, but "just going to" hadn't happened yet. Her friend had given her a tiny sparkly notebook as a take-home gift from a birthday party, so she filled it with this story: (it has two chapters)
Chapter 1 - The Great King: Once there was a great king that loved His daughter and he was wanting gold.
Then she had a few pages of illustrations that didn't exactly match the story, but the one on the left is supposed to be her building a snowman in the winter and on the right is her picking apples in the fall. She had a summer and spring page too.
Here is the cover of her first book. I think it's pretty darn precious.