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post #81 of 145
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Originally Posted by eilonwy
For me, that wouldn't be paranoia; it would be common sense. My daughter *will* put anything that she can hold into her mouth. We've been watching the rubber buttons from a calculator pass through her diapers this week ( don't ask ). I would never give her a recipe for anything involving raw egg; she'd probably eat the whole thing.

Yup! My son too!
post #82 of 145
Hope it is ok to just jump in. I have three girls. 4.5, 2.5 and 8 months. Right now we are just doing our thing- we spend a lot of time just being. We walk outside a lot, we do projects, we try to experience as much as we can.

One things, the oldest is beginning to really dig letters and wants to read so very badly. She is making great progress and has a real drive to learn this. You never see her without her little travel magnadoodle in hand. lol.

I'm also trying to decide if I want to continue answering her questions as they come or if I want to do a formal plan with her... she learns well from table top book and pencil activities and it is her preferred way to learn. As soon as the other two take a nap she asks if we can sit down and do letter work and I just wonder if I should have a plan for those times or just sit and draw letters and talk about their sounds as we have been.

Thoughts?

Also, are any of you reading chapter books aloud? What ones?
post #83 of 145
I have a question?
Around what age do kids usually start learning to write? My dd who is almost 3, is really into trying to draw, now she's trying to draw shapes. She tries to do letters and numbers but just can't get the hang of it but I'm not worried because I thought she's too young for that anyways but she really wants to. So I'm just curious at what age they are normally ready to write? I knkow all kids are different but do they learn to write in kindergarden? I know they do in first grade but wasn't sure if they did before that?
post #84 of 145
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Originally Posted by sweetpeasmom
I have a question?
Around what age do kids usually start learning to write? My dd who is almost 3, is really into trying to draw, now she's trying to draw shapes. She tries to do letters and numbers but just can't get the hang of it but I'm not worried because I thought she's too young for that anyways but she really wants to. So I'm just curious at what age they are normally ready to write? I knkow all kids are different but do they learn to write in kindergarden? I know they do in first grade but wasn't sure if they did before that?
I have no idea... BeanBean was completely uninterested in writing or drawing until a few weeks ago, when he suddenly developed an intense interest. He's still not terribly adept, but he's working hard and I think that he'll really benefit from the introduction of a formal writing program (which will happen whenever HWT gets here). BooBah has always been interested in writing, and she'll probably learn to write as she learns to read (ASAP, if she has anything to say about it!). It's all good. But yeah, I have no clue how old kids are when they typically learn to write... I bet Google would help.
post #85 of 145
My dd showed an interest at a young age to, both in fact- my soon to be 3 year old loves to draw circles and attempting other shapes and letters as well.

I think each child is different and if you watch her and answer her questions, and show her what she wants to be shown as you go she will get it in her right time. My oldest wrote her name spontaneously at about 3.5 and it was all jumbled, the letters went from right to left and a couple were mixed up. Now at 4.5 she can write her name with capitals or lower case, from left to right in a rather uniform size. She can write her other letters as well- but not as efficiently as her name. That is her norm, but I think it would also be completely normal if she didn't start getting these thigns until 6 or 7.
post #86 of 145
anyone else's little one doing this? Grace knows her name and the letters...being the ones that go in her name not necc. the name of the letter. She only knows G and A for a name basically b/c I am taking a more laid back approach ala unschooling-waldorfy kinda way.

anywho not my ? this is my ?
she can write her name GRACE, b ut sometimes she'll write ECARG and to bout the R is backward! she doesn't start w/ E-C-A-R-G she'll start w/ G and then write from right to left. Any thoughts?
post #87 of 145

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I;m fairly new here, been lurking for a while
I'm carrie mom to cameron 3 and kathleen 16 mos. I knew I wanted to homeschool since cameron was born. I have a teaching degree for birth thru 3rd grade and also a teaching license and felt ti was a shame to not use them so wha tbetter way to put them to use thatn to use them with my own child. BAscially what we do right now is unschool with a little structure mixed in. Cameron does attend a preschool outside of the home 2 days a week, purely for myself to have soem 1-1 time with Kathleen. (Also it;s a Christian school adn is more emphasis on religion and values than on "SCHOOL". ) He's a big fan of teh computer and learning from that as well as using workbooks (much to my dismay actually!) He's been writing him name by himself since last June and has recently (Nov) gotten really interested in writing all kinds of letter and words (inventive spelling) and drawing shapes and objects. Dinosaur are a big passion so we are really into learnign abotu them. (trip to Dino land in CT planned fo rthis spring) He really got excited about them when we went ot Animal Kingdom at Disney World and explored teh Dino area of the park. Basically a day for us is kind of random,with not a set plan as we have another 18 month old that i care for at our house form 7-4 each day, so it kind of has to go around the two younger kids schedules. Mostly right now we are reading A LOT> as this is another hugh passion of his. He can read at a late k early first grade level and loves to read to the girls. For Kathleen we do shape sorters adn colors a lot casue that's whaat she's into . Oh and counting she LOVES to count things. They both seem to tlearn really well through music so much of our day is spent singing adn dancing and makign up silly songs abotu things. but it;s fun (cant' wait to learn more from all of you!) Sorry this got long. adn sorry for hte spelling errors, I'm NAK and kathleen keeps squirming!
post #88 of 145
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Originally Posted by acystay
anyone else's little one doing this? Grace knows her name and the letters...being the ones that go in her name not necc. the name of the letter. She only knows G and A for a name basically b/c I am taking a more laid back approach ala unschooling-waldorfy kinda way.

anywho not my ? this is my ?
she can write her name GRACE, b ut sometimes she'll write ECARG and to bout the R is backward! she doesn't start w/ E-C-A-R-G she'll start w/ G and then write from right to left. Any thoughts?

What she is doing (based on my eduacational background) is perfectly normal. Children, as tehy learn to write, experiment with things to see if they are still teh same (Does that make sense?) They try to write their name forward, backwards, adn mix teh letters up, try all uppercase and all lowercase, etc. It's part of learning to understand print. She is aware that those letters make up her name and she knows they will still be part of her name regardless how they are written out. (At leat that is what it appears to be). Cameron does the same thing, except that he knows all the letters and they sounds they make and what they stand for. (basically that he know's a C is a C and not just a letter in his name) but he also knows that they all need to be in his name to make his name. and he will tell you that it spells cameron this way pointing right to left, if i have it written noremac(with the letters reversed), but he also knows that you read things from left to righ tso will not be satisfyied that it really is his name unless it is written Cameron. (So that it can be "read") I think once they understand teh left to right progression of reading and writing that a lot of theri expermentation with rearranging letters adn such stops. As it no longer makes logical sese to them to have a word written rigth to left . Hope i havent' confused you more
post #89 of 145
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Originally Posted by acystay

anywho not my ? this is my ?
she can write her name GRACE, b ut sometimes she'll write ECARG and to bout the R is backward! she doesn't start w/ E-C-A-R-G she'll start w/ G and then write from right to left. Any thoughts?
Yep, and at this age, it's nothing to worry about. My son just started consistently writing his name the "correct" direction, and he's 4.5. If you think of it from their perspective - a chair, a box, a car ... they are all the same no matter which direction they are sitting, how you look at them, or if you tip them over. Suddenly, though, they are introduced to numbers and letters that are very specific as to direction - a "b" is only a "b" if facing the right way. Turn it around and you can have a "d", "p", or "q". When I was teaching elementary and reading, we didn't worry about reversals until 6 or 7 - most Kinder's will still write things in mirror image and it's not really a big deal. Their brains are still processing how it all works together and why letters and numbers play by different rules.
post #90 of 145
This past week, I have been researching and researching different preschool options for my toddler. She will be 3 1/2 years old by next Sept. and after reading your thread and looking at some of the wonderful websites, I'm going to homeschool her next year. I am so excited! We will probably do a Parent-Toddler Waldorf Class only one day a week and Kindermusik. I feel like that will be enough. I still need so much guidance though on how to homeschool.

Warmly~

Lisa
post #91 of 145
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Originally Posted by Rainbow
Also, are any of you reading chapter books aloud? What ones?
I've been reading stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner to my almost-3-year-old, and she's been enjoying them. I've been thinking she might also enjoy some of the stories in The Jungle Book or Just-So Stories, and maybe Mary Poppins.

On a different topic, here is a site with some info on when kids typically start writing. My dd is just starting to get interested in trying to write some letters, but it will be a while before she's very good at it. She's also learning to spell some words with refrigerator magnets. At first, she was just about as likely to spell words right-to-left as left-to-right, but now she usually does it the right way. Somehow I had thought the left-to-right concept would be more obvious to her, since every example of a word she'd ever seen had gone from left to right. It was interesting to realize that it wasn't actually obvious at all.
post #92 of 145
my pre-K'er is 5 and does 'school' whenever and where ever he wants. He really likes starfall and studydog. We were doing some work on a dry erase board, but haven't done that in a while. He likes arts and crafts, doesn't care for math(although I'm sure he can do more than he lets on)
post #93 of 145
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Originally Posted by acystay
she can write her name GRACE, but sometimes she'll write ECARG and to bout the R is backward! she doesn't start w/ E-C-A-R-G she'll start w/ G and then write from right to left. Any thoughts?
My Grace does exactly the same. See my post above about her labelling her drawings from right to left.
post #94 of 145
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Originally Posted by Rainbow
Also, are any of you reading chapter books aloud? What ones?
We're reading The Secret Garden and Black Beauty. BeanBean loves them both. We generally alternate, one chapter of one or the other each night, but sometimes we read a little bit of each. The chapters are pretty short, so we often read some picture books afterwards.

In other news: I borrowed Little Women from the library on CD and remembered why I was so irritated with that book when I was ten. I'm still mad at Jo for not marrying Laurie! Is that awful or what?! I just remembered thinking that she was an idiot for not marrying him and I was ticked off at her from then on, it tainted every other LMA book that I read. Even now, 18 years later, I find myself agreeing with my 10-year-old self that Jo should have married Laurie when she had the chance. Funny, or what?

Oh, and I borrowed Artemis Fowl from the library (another audiobook, for the car ) and I'm really enjoying it, but it bothers me that the main character is a boy when Artemis was a Goddess. I keep hearing the name and thinking that it should be a girl. It messes with me! I know, I shouldn't be so tense, I should get over it, but it bugs me.
post #95 of 145
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Originally Posted by Rainbow
Also, are any of you reading chapter books aloud? What ones?
We're reading Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg by Gail Carson Levine.
post #96 of 145
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I'm still mad at Jo for not marrying Laurie! Is that awful or what?!
lol, I was kinda disappointed that she didn't too but not exactly mad about it. they seem so perfect for each other, oh well! I still love the book

My dd also started spelling right to left too, she spells w/her refrigerator magnets. She hasn't done it in awhile though.

thxs for that pbs site!
post #97 of 145
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Originally Posted by sweetpeasmom
I have a question?
Around what age do kids usually start learning to write? My dd who is almost 3, is really into trying to draw, now she's trying to draw shapes. She tries to do letters and numbers but just can't get the hang of it but I'm not worried because I thought she's too young for that anyways but she really wants to. So I'm just curious at what age they are normally ready to write? I knkow all kids are different but do they learn to write in kindergarden? I know they do in first grade but wasn't sure if they did before that?
I believe every child is different. My pre-K'er is 5 and can't make some letters. Also, he hasn't been wanting to either. I don't worry because I know he will 'get it' and I know how it feels not being able to make some letters. If your dd is ready to learn to write in K then go for it. If not, don't force it.
post #98 of 145
Thanks all a bout the writing thing w/ Grace's name! I like the chair analogy. Made me see how it is for Grace you know. I'm looking back through things and I think I'm getting HWT. I just saw another post somewhere about it and well, I'm sold!

Other Grace's momma...sorry forgot your handle! We are unschooling as well. I just wanted to get some ideas and CHC has some really cool lessons for teaching religion. My Jesus and I and oh shoot. okay I'll hve to find the catalog I thought it was here but now it's not. I'll post it tonight. gotta run to other ones calling me
stacy
post #99 of 145
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Originally Posted by MyLittleWonders
Yep, and at this age, it's nothing to worry about. My son just started consistently writing his name the "correct" direction, and he's 4.5. If you think of it from their perspective - a chair, a box, a car ... they are all the same no matter which direction they are sitting, how you look at them, or if you tip them over. Suddenly, though, they are introduced to numbers and letters that are very specific as to direction - a "b" is only a "b" if facing the right way. Turn it around and you can have a "d", "p", or "q". When I was teaching elementary and reading, we didn't worry about reversals until 6 or 7 - most Kinder's will still write things in mirror image and it's not really a big deal. Their brains are still processing how it all works together and why letters and numbers play by different rules.
That was explained very well My friend (and dd's caregiver) asked me about this the other day when she started to correct dd when printing her numbers backward. I tried to explain what you did, and I enjoyed seeing your version
post #100 of 145
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Originally Posted by lisamarie
This past week, I have been researching and researching different preschool options for my toddler. She will be 3 1/2 years old by next Sept. and after reading your thread and looking at some of the wonderful websites, I'm going to homeschool her next year. I am so excited! We will probably do a Parent-Toddler Waldorf Class only one day a week and Kindermusik. I feel like that will be enough. I still need so much guidance though on how to homeschool.
I'm right about where you are at. Although I might do a one or 2 day a week class so I can have some alone time with ds (17mo)
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