Peanut struggles with reading so much, but I am figuring some things out. A few days ago I discovered that if she sings, she remembers. I will point to the letter A and ask her what it says and she will fall apart-- she doesn't remember! A! I've only been teaching it to her for years! Over and over and over again! But all I have to do is start singing that Letter Factory song, the one to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell." "The A says ___" and she immediately says the short A sound. So we sing our way through our short vowel sounds and it helps so much. Today I discovered that she does really well with the "word hop" activity recommended in her language book. I wrote all those basic two-letter words she has been struggling and struggling with on index cards and spaced them out on the living room rug. She had to hop from card to card as she read each one. She kept saying "that was FUN!" and wanting to do it again. WIN!
Of course Leaf wanted to hop behind her.
We have been having great success with this Tiny Polka Dot math game that I got. Today we played "hungry numbers" where we had to "feed" each numeral cards that had the corresponding number of dots on it. Frog and Peanut both loved this.
Here's our table covered with books and here's Leaf doing her fine-motor-skill thing...
...while Twig builds a tall tower with Magna-Tiles. LOVE Magna-Tiles! What a blast to watch my two-year-old build with them!
The Rabbit has been needing help with math. This has been a challenge for me to find the time. Usually with Teaching Textbooks my kids have been able to work independently, and that's what I was counting on when I planned our schedule. The Rabbit has had very little trouble with math over the years. But nwo she's run into some snags (long division! horror!) So today we curled up together with her book and worked through the lesson together.
I have had this Pattern Play set for years, and recently Frog has gotten into it. He really loves it. There are cards with patterns on them that they can copy, and he really enjoys that.