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Reading Rainbow

It’s been a while! How are you? I’m writing this post as a super excited parent of an almost 3 year old (10 more days!). How is that possible?!

Little Man has been able to recognize his letters by look for a little while now, but we didn’t really concentrate on the sounds those letters make. Within the last month or so, he picked up the letter sounds and showed me yesterday that he knew a large majority of them (he doesn’t know Q or W and only knows one sound per vowel). After talking, his dad and I decided that we should try to start teaching him to read and see how it goes. So I got on Google (Best. Invention. Ever.) and looked up a list of sight words. I found this list and took the one, two, and three letter words off of the list then saved the rest for later. My list came out to 100 words.

I then color coded the words based on difficulty and when I’d use them. The later weeks are harder things like silent e and letter combinations (th, ow, wh, etc.).

I wrote out the lists to make sure they were all equal, 10 words per week. I then realized Little Man doesn’t really recognize lowercase letters as well as he does uppercase, so I decided to write his flash cards in uppercase.

Then I made the flash cards and divided them into bags by week. We did week one today and it’s turning out GREAT. The oo sound made Little Man giggle a bit, but he’s sounding the words out and putting them together.

While I want him to stay little as long as possible, it’s so amazing seeing him learn and grow.

If you have any questions about what else I plan to do, please don’t be afraid to ask whether it be an email or a comment! I’ll update as we continue!

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I Can Not Believe It…

I just read a blog post (foundĀ here) about why a couple decided to homeschool their children. The fact that bullying is happening in KINDERGARTEN makes me want to homeschool my children more than I previously had wanted to.

My husband and I decided to homeschool our children pretty much the day we found out I was expecting Little Man. Not because of bullying like the post I read, but because school systems (at least where we live) test the ability to memorize information and spit it back rather than teaching information that can be applied and used in everyday life. Neither my husband nor I was homeschooled and we haven’t thought about how to approach it yet, but we know that’s what will be best for our children.

School systems here also act like every child should be the same developmentally and that is not the case. During pregnancy, everyone and every thing tells you that every pregnancy is different. Doesn’t that mean that every child is different, considering they are the results of the pregnancies that were called differemt not so long before? I’ve said before that Little Man goes to early head start. Every few months, they do these evaluations to see where the child is in different aspects (fine motor, gross motor, social, etc). Since starting early head start, Little Man has had 2 of these evaluations and both times they’ve told me that he is behind and should get more evaluations done to see if they could help him. Both times we’ve done these added evaluations, just to see what’s going on since his pediatrician had never said anything to us about him being behind. Both times the results came back that he is perfectly fine. He was a late walker, he started around 15-16 months so that’s why he was considered behind at his first evaluation. At his second one (less than 6 months after his first), he was considered behind because he couldn’t run without falling (neither can I and I’m 25!) and he couldn’t climb stairs without being on his hands and knees (mind you, he’s not even 2 yet). I’m positive that both of those are results of his late walking and he’s working on both of them everyday.

I’m not trying to be one of “those” parents, you know the kind that think the sun shines out their kid’s ass and they can do no wrong? I know when my child does wrong and there are some things he’s flawed in, but he’s a human just like everyone else and just like everyone else he has flaws. Isn’t being different and having flaws what we should embrace instead of turning away from or putting down?

That was a bit of a rant, but if I get the message out to at least one person, I did my job. Thanks for reading.