As Asher has gotten better at writing and drawing, he's also gotten more critical of his work. If he goes outside the lines or if something doesn't look how he was expecting it would, he gets really, really upset. Like crying upset. I'm trying to be encouraging (and I don't think I've ever been critical of his work!), but it takes a lot of encouragement for him to believe me and accept that he's done a good job and that it doesn't have to be perfect--that we get better every time. He has also become very precise. He was folding two sides of a piece of notebook paper and had me fold it for him so the lines could line up perfectly. Then, when he noticed that one side had an extra line, he found a blue pen and had me draw a line on the other side!
Speaking of Bob books...for three mornings in a row Asher woke up before both Reed and Lila. We decided to read books together while we waited for the others to wake up. Asher wanted to start our boxed set of BOBs--it's the sight word set, so a little harder than the originals. He read 3-4 books to me each morning and was so super proud of himself for reading so well (I was pretty proud, too). Each time we read he'd give me the running commentary on what book he was on and how many he had to go and, when he read all 20--well, he was about to explode. He was so happy. I was, too!
One day for Mommy and Ashie time, Asher wanted to make a Star Wars book. We found cute Star Wars clip art, then got to work! He came up with all the words himself and it is a pretty fantastic book.