Savvy Source: Words Are Everywhere in Decatur, Georgia
MY MOST RECENT SAVVY SOURCE ARTICLE IS OUT. Our editor challenged us to find words and letters which might catch a young child’s eye. The city of Atlanta is filled with great examples, but I choose to go suburban on this piece and make it an adventure day. Decatur, Georgia is known for it’s great shops, restaurants, easy commute, and creative spirit. At night there are listening rooms and bar rooms where the next big stars are getting their start. Often musicians such as Shawn Mullins, John Mayer or The Indigo Girls drop by to visit their memories and perform unexpectedly. But by day, the City of Decatur is alive with flowers and sidewalk cafes, bookstores and community gardens to visit. A series of murals have been created in the city and they are alive with color…and letters.
I remember the first reading and recognition of letters happened on car rides. Jordan immediately began to see the meaning of things like Toys’R'Us and McDonalds. (I always cringed when she mentioned the golden arches!) I love the idea of finding these learning tools in our everyday life.
I’d love to know if there are unique sightings in your own town which might excite a preschooler on an afternoon outing. Maybe even send me a link. I plan to finish the walking itineraries mentioned on the city’s website this summer with my “big kids”.
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