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Hold on, you just opened a can of worms.

If you go back in this thread of on the learning at home area you will see I HATE BLOGS!!!!!!!! Ok. I love reading reading blogs. It's a little addiction of mine. But I have to be careful. Some make me feel like the worst mother, worst homeschooler, worst everything. A big reject. I like reading blogs where A) They are realistic and B) honest. I like hearing that you had a bad day as well as I like hearing about your good days. I see some blogs as a big competition. My child was reading the new york times at 3. Oh yeah! Mine was writing for them at 3. You can write anything online and create this perfect life accompanied by pictures. But these "blogs" nearly took away my happiness because I was trying to live up to an impossible ideal. This ideal is rampant in the homeschool blogosphere and I think it's a problem that needs to be addressed. New homeschoolers who don't know what to expect (like you and me) can get overwhelmed. It tells us homeschooling is complicated and that we will never do enough. Things are pushed at a younger and younger age. Celebrations are pushed up. In mid October I first saw people posting about Thanksgiving activities so they could be "the first" I guess. I was confused by it.




On a trying to be helpful sidenote: I personally noticed that my children were advanced physically wise (early walkers, etc) but lagged in language. I have friends with children with early language and thinking skills but lagged in physical. I had a friend whose son could count to 30 at 12 months but couldn't walk until 15 months. Every child is different. Of course. She bragged that her son was a glowing genius and that was in a blog. What wasn't mentioned was his other struggles in other areas of his life.
I guess I purposefully try to write realistically on my blog. I am writing for family a lot of times, though. They want to know EVERYTHING (including the fallbacks).

Yeah, he started sitting up at 5mo (mastered 2 weeks later) and walked on his first birthday (after only taking 1-2 steps the week before) But he has very few language skills. He signs a few words and only says a few...his understanding is HUGE (he can follow instructions when he really wants to) I "know" that's where is brain is right now and that he'll catch up in his own time...but yeah, sometimes I see kids around his age doing sorting activities and think "DS can't do that...is it me???"

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I think what you have described so far sounds great for an 18 month-old! Try not to have too many expectations and if he's interested-great, and if not, no worries! Have you seen this about "tot trays"...http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/TraysforTots.html

You may be interested in taking a look at it and see if it gives you some ideas. Just remember, he is learning through play even if it doesn't appear like "school"...playing is his "school"!
I have the Tot School stuff bookmarked That was my inspiration for yesterday.

Trays won't work with my son. He doesn't care about keeping it on the tray or one thing at a time. That's just not how his mind works. He likes big (read: active) things. Small activities that require sitting still just aren't his thing. Don't get me wrong, we did a few yesterday...but I didn't mention that each of those only lasted 5 mins or so each. The throwing blocks and playing with acorns was the most successful...Just like the ONLY thing he enjoyed today was throwing a ball at a tower of plastic cups.
post #102 of 190
AFWife - I looked at your blog I also like Momma Aimee's blog. No hint of competition of "I need to be the best at everything" on either blog.

What is it with boys and throwing? My 3 year old right now (as I type) is throwing his lacing beads.
post #103 of 190
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What is it with boys and throwing? My 3 year old right now (as I type) is throwing his lacing beads.
Testosterone? DH says, "He's a boy" when I ask questions like that...he's one of 3 boys.

My brother was like that too. I remember my parents putting a ban on any and all TV shows that had karate or anything remotely violent because he would imitate it. He also talked later than I did (I was speaking sentences at 18mo) and never sat still...
post #104 of 190
AFWife -- My DD was one of those kids who did those quiet, calm activities at 18 months. On the flip side, she's 3.5 and still can barely run. It's totally personality. There's nothing I did to TEACH her. She would sit still for books from 4-6 months old. It's just how she is.

My second is a boy, and he wants nothing better than to eat the books at 6 months.
post #105 of 190
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My second is a boy, and he wants nothing better than to eat the books at 6 months.
My son STILL likes to eat the books.
post #106 of 190
AFWife- no worries about your 18 month old! He sounds very similar to my girls. Kids develop at their own times. My oldest walked by the time she was 8 months old, my younger one 10 months. By 18 months they both mastered all the play equipment at the playground. I'm sure people think I'm nut because I sit on the sidelines and let my 23 month old climb ALL OVER the "big kids" playground. They are both very physical children. HOWEVER, they both lag behind in speech. At almost 4 my oldest is just now almost caught up to her peers but she still doesn't speak nearly as much or as clearly as her peers. My youngest is more verbal (probably because she has a big sister to emulate) but she still is barely ekking by the "norms". She has around 25-30 words at 23 months and can make 2-3 word sentences.. when she want to . She doesn't know her body parts beyond her nose, no numbers beyond 1 and neither of them know their ABCs. It will all come, in their own time at their own rate. I'm not worried because its normal for MY family to be like this. My mom didn't say her first word until 4 and then talked in complete sentences, I was an "early talker" by saying my first word at 18 months. I didn't expect my children to use full sentences by 2.
Oh sitting just DOESN'T happen with my youngest. My oldest was better at this age at sitting still but not much better, she would only do it when it was something that interested her. She is still that way, if its something that interests her she will sit still and do it, if its something I want her to do good luck.
Ignore blogs! You are only seeing ONE piece of the whole picture. I could post pictures/make comments on my blog while 100% true could make my kids seem like baby Einsteins and the best kids in the world. You don't see the other 99.9% of the time where I'm telling them to stop doing that for the 100000 time that day, correcting their counting for the 1000 time that day (No DD1, it goes 1, 2, 3, 4 NOT 1, 10, 8, 2), separating them from fighting over a toy etc. You can't see whats really happening over at the persons house so you don't know what its like over there the whole time, just the little part they are showing you.

On the preschool side of things, Im thinking of getting this speech therapy program to help DD1 with her pronunciation. I tried getting therapy for her and was pretty much told either I had to wait until she was school age (5) or be willing to put her into the preschool. I asked about the preschool and absolutely NO therapy is done at the school unless its an actual disorder (not just a delay like DD1 has) its just a school because according to them if your child has a delay its from lack of interaction. Ive read several reviews on this program and it seems like what I need, something to help her with the problem areas she has (which is getting fewer and fewer) that is low key and fun for the child. On the up side, I'm sure all my children are going to need help in the speech department (my mom was in therapy for a speech delay, all my brothers and I were in therapy for speech delays, my cousin and his kids were all in therapy.. I think speech delays might run in our family .. all my husbands family spent time in therapy except one who was technically suppose to but MIL/FIL didn't have the means to get him to the appointments when he was suppose to go then he ended up not needing it) so its a one time purchase that can benefit all the children.
I'm also looking into this phonic program since DD1 still wants to learn to read. She has been asking for over a year now and I keep putting it off because i don't really think she has the maturity to learn right now. She would actually have to sit and listen which doesn't necessarily happen. My husband reminded me I thought that about counting as well and now she counts easily to 20 when she wants to (which is only when no one is paying attention, I heard her the other day counting her cars when she didn't think I was there)
I did find a bunch of little preschool type science books about different things (different animals, the solar system, Earth etc) that she loves. They are really easy to read to her and have great pictures. I found them at a thrift store surprisingly enough, great 2.00 spent (there was like 30 books total).
Ok, my oldest just came in and told me that Im ignoring them because Im not playing with them. I guess I should go play block with them like they want me to.
post #107 of 190
Oh its not only boys that want to throw things/eat books/etc. My youngest still wants to chew on the books unless they involve monkeys. She has quite an arm to, she launched a bean bag at me from the back of the hallway and it hit my leg in the beginning.. My husband jokes shes going to be the first female major league pitcher at this rate .
post #108 of 190
We're taking a bit of a break for the week. I'm still doing a few activities but I'm following his lead even more than I was earlier in the week. He's teething horribly. Like, feels warm and everything. (When he gets teeth he feels really warm but it never registers as a "fever" on the thermometer. He was 98.6F exactly this morning before Advil) I risked losing a finger and felt his top molars...on Monday his left only had one point poking through and now it has three.
We danced a bit this morning. Then I put cushions on the floor and we walked on them. I didn't realize how much dexterity that took until I watched him do it! He kept stumbling. I put them in different shapes to walk on and would count "one, two, three" for each he stepped on. That was a good 10mins of fun.
I tried to get him to help me make dinner (crock-pot chili) and he wasn't interested...he wanted to touch everything. I guess I should have him up on a chair with me more often so it's not SO interesting. I've been purposefully avoiding having him help because I don't want a mess.
He helped me wipe off the low table in the livingroom. He loves doing that. It's kind of "his" table (because he can stand or sit on his activity box and reach exactly) but he also just loves to help. He also unloaded the bottom rack of the dishwasher (another fave chore)

I'm hoping this tooth comes in fast (they usually do for him) so we can get back to activities and stuff. I love doing them too!
post #109 of 190
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Originally Posted by beezer75 View Post
Unfortunately, DS has been sick. Dreadfully sick. So any activities around here have been stuck in here and there when he fells decent. We've been sick since Oct 1st and I'm ready for a healthy house again.


Momma Aimee - your blog rocks!!!! I just wanted to say that. Thank you for the work put into it.

As for as Christmas presents I would love to here other's ideas. We are thinking a lap harp for DD and this for DS who is 3.
Thanks
I steal from other blog so much in my general life, i try to offer something out there.
post #110 of 190
Hey everyone. I am doing Preschool with an 18 month old dd and a 3yr dd. Also ds just turned 6 so we are doing Kindergarden, but DD3 is actually doing K work and Ds6 likes to play and run around.

I have been really slacking giving them time to work on things at their level. They have tons of free play, but I think I use that as an excuse to be lazy and not give them creative outlets. : So reading for inspiration and a kick in the butt!
post #111 of 190
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What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
I would just work on making sure he has a lot of high quality toys available to him. Blocks, dolls, simple puzzles, containers he can put things in and out of, balls, etc. There are simple art projects you can do, like free painting, collages, stickers, drawing. Toddlers are all about hte process so don't get so wrapped up in actually making something, just let him explore.
My "baby" is almost two and not ready to sort objects yet. Sorting is actually something they are still doing in my sons K classroom. Some 18 month olds can probably do that,but I bet it is more of a 3-4yr old skill if you look it up. PBS.com has a pretty good developmental checklist. I found with my kids when they weren't interested in something it is because it is either to beneath or to above there current level. I would just try something else with him. If he likes throwing, play catch. Or give him a bowl and have him throw different objects into it (bean bag, ball, rolled up sock, etc.). Work with what he likes.

Re: blogs

It's funny some of you bring up competitive blogging I have a private blog and I was just yesterday, thinking about making a public blog with what I'm doing with my toddler, but I don't want to start getting out of control with it. I just want her not to scream for Elmo all morning. I don't want to end up doing this huge school thing with my toddler just so I have something to blog about. I also get really annoyed with blogs that are just on big advertisement.
post #112 of 190
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Originally Posted by AFWife View Post
What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
The screening tool that is used for early intervention is called the ages and stages questionnaire (asq.) It is a few simple questions about what your child does then it sends you an email and lets you know if your child is developing typically or if there are delays. http://pages.uoregon.edu/asqstudy/ I picked up language delays on both my kids using it. My son only had therapy for 3 months. My daughter has been doing speech therapy for over a year.
post #113 of 190
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Originally Posted by meetoo View Post
I would just work on making sure he has a lot of high quality toys available to him. Blocks, dolls, simple puzzles, containers he can put things in and out of, balls, etc. There are simple art projects you can do, like free painting, collages, stickers, drawing. Toddlers are all about hte process so don't get so wrapped up in actually making something, just let him explore.
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Work with what he likes.

Re: blogs

It's funny some of you bring up competitive blogging I have a private blog and I was just yesterday, thinking about making a public blog with what I'm doing with my toddler, but I don't want to start getting out of control with it. I just want her not to scream for Elmo all morning. I don't want to end up doing this huge school thing with my toddler just so I have something to blog about. I also get really annoyed with blogs that are just on big advertisement.
Art stuff isn't his thing. He'll sit and "draw" for a bit and then he just tries to stab the paper... He comes up with games all by himself (usually throwing things) The best "toy" he has at the moment? I cut a hole in a coffee can and put poker chips with it...he loves it. *shrugs* We have official "toys" but he likes to invent toys himself it seems...
Blogs: I'd love to read your blog! Sometimes I love the down-to-earth stuff...the ones that go "We tried this activity today but she screamed about wanting to watch Elmo all morning so we did that instead" make me go "Oh good, it's not just my child!!!"

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The screening tool that is used for early intervention is called the ages and stages questionnaire (asq.) It is a few simple questions about what your child does then it sends you an email and lets you know if your child is developing typically or if there are delays. http://pages.uoregon.edu/asqstudy/ I picked up language delays on both my kids using it. My son only had therapy for 3 months. My daughter has been doing speech therapy for over a year.
Thank you for this! I did it this morning and it all came back normal. Well, "developing typically" I think is the term it used. I figured as much...it's just nice to hear.
post #114 of 190
[QUOTE=AFWife;15997327]Art stuff isn't his thing. He'll sit and "draw" for a bit and then he just tries to stab the paper... He comes up with games all by himself (usually throwing things) The best "toy" he has at the moment? I cut a hole in a coffee can and put poker chips with it...he loves it. *shrugs* We have official "toys" but he likes to invent toys himself it seems...
Blogs: I'd love to read your blog! Sometimes I love the down-to-earth stuff...the ones that go "We tried this activity today but she screamed about wanting to watch Elmo all morning so we did that instead" make me go "Oh good, it's not just my child!!!"
/QUOTE]

that's one of my DD's favorites too! Except ours has buttons and old milk jug tops to stick in.


I think part of the problem with Blogs and blogging is they are so public that people put on their public face. My main blog is private because I don't want so much of my kids lives aired publicly. Particularly in the case of my school age kids. In that past I have had a few public blogs and I just limited what pictures I put on them. Hmmmmmm, I guess it could be fun to have something like that for her.....
post #115 of 190
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What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
I just felt i'd jump in an give a little reassurence -- i hope anyhow -- DS2 turned 3 yesterday adn this quote STILL describes him!!!!

He colors some, but not in any manner "requested" (no copying circiles or lines for example). lefts woudl 100% be for tossing, no sorting of anything -- everything is for throwing.

he does not sit for storeis.

he knows NOSE, HEAD and EARS only --- well he will only deem to show you these 3 -- no way to know what he knows. he didn't know ANY of them till 2.5 then only nose till the last month.

won't ID colors .

boys will be boys -- and kids are all differnt. DS1, well drasticaklly differnt.

BUT DS2 is aleady IDing letters and attaching phonics sounds -- so you know it is all just differnt.

But my 3 yo boy is jsut like you 18 year old boy -- i think a lot of boys just mature slower and are less intrested in cool educational idea we have (like sorting colored socks or whatever)
post #116 of 190
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What can I expect from an 18 month old boy as far as focus and learning goes? I have NO idea if he's on track or not. He seems so scattered. He won't sit and "learn" (like, sorting colored leaves was NOT something he wanted to do...he preferred to throw them)

He doesn't know body parts (well, he does know "nose") or anything like that. He won't sit still long enough for me to even try to teach him anything.
Your blog is cute and it looks like you are doing all sorts of fun things with him! I wouldn't worry about "sit down" learning with an 18 month old! For read alouds, I don't make my girls just sit and listen, sometimes they color while listening to stories, we do "snack/story time" or I read while they are eating. I thought to "read aloud properly", the kids had to sit and listen...well, they can do other things while listening to stories.

As for competitive blogging, I didn't know people blogged for that reason!! I have a blog and I use it as a record of what we are doing in case we need to show the school what we've been doing (when we have to register with the school).
post #117 of 190
About read aloud time, I do it when the girls are playing. I never know if they are listening or not but sometimes my oldest will ask a question about the story or tell DH about this "cool part" of the story. Sitting still just isn't going to happen, at least for my kids. They rather play/eat/color/paint etc while I read to them.
post #118 of 190
I haven't read the whole thread-just parts of it, but enough to know that I'm very glad I found it. I'll go back and read more in detail later.

I have two boys, ages 3 and 15 months. We started out the school year without any curriculum, but with various activities three times a week. We go to a parent/child early childhood program (preschool-like) one day, a playgroup in my language on another, and finally, DS1 is enrolled in a drop-off gymnastics class.

Lately, DS1 has been very interested in games, and we were a bit low on books, so I went ahead and ordered the Sonlight 3/4 curriculum. For the past few weeks, we've been doing a bit of "school" during DS2's nap time. We also have an arts and crafts book from A Beka that we use. He is interested in numbers and letters, but I'm keeping that very informal at this point. We talk about letters and numbers as we go about our day, but no structured learning yet.

I'm still not sure about homeschooling for elementary school. In some ways, I'd really like to do it--in another, I'm uncertain. The original plan was for me to go back to work when DS1 starts school, but now I'm not so sure. I think we'll probably end up homeschooling for Pre-K next year (probably using Sonlight 4/5 since I'm really starting to like that program) and make a decision about kindergarten then. Taking it a year at a time sounds good to me...

Just thought I'd check in. I'll be following this thread for ideas and inspiration.
post #119 of 190
We are having a good week here. We are doing a "colors" unit. They both already know there colors and have for a while. Really, we are just reading great books and doing a rainbow and letter r lapbook. I tried a lapbook last year and it failed. This one is working out great. We all spread ourselves on the living room floor and work on it.

The books are:

The Great Blueness and Other Predicaments by Lobel. Great at teaching that colors have moods.

Little Blue and Little Yellow, Lionni

Purple, Green, and Yellow, Munsch (beware, DS colored his fingernails with a blue marker because of this book. Thankfully it wasn't a super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-deal-and-maybe-even-later-coloring-marker")

A Rainbow of My Own, Freeman

Harold and the Purple Crayon, Johnson

Freight Train I have printables from this book from some Montessori blog but can't find the link.

I am using Picture Book Activities by Kuffner for some activities and blogs for other activities since their are FIAR, BFIAR books involved and they are well blogged about.
post #120 of 190
beezar-is both your children doing the lapbook or only the oldest? I tried a lapbook last yearish with DD1 because it seemed to me like something she would like (shes very into anything workbookish and has been since around 2 1/2) but it flopped. I was thinking of trying again in the new year but I don't know if I want to go through all the prep time for it just to have it flop again.

I almost had a panic attack today when a lady told me that the cut off age for children for school over here is 5 by Feb 1st (which means DD would have to be registered for NEXT school year!!) but luckily I did some checking before totally panicing.. It use to be but they have changed it to 5 by Sept 1st! Thank goodness, another year I don't have to worry about it. I haven't even started reseaching Kindergarten stuff yet since I figured I had almost 2 years to research and put things together. I guess I could call that a kick in the butt to start looking at things .
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