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Dd2 is starting to learn her letters and counting and stuff. Dd1 sits down with her several times during the day and writes letters out for her and asks what they are and what sounds they make. She also reads to dd2. She calles them "baby lessons."
They especially enjoy sitting in my computer chair and dd1 will play the ABC movies for dd2 at starfall.com. Dd2 is actually picking up on it! Better yet, their bond is getting stronger, dd1 feels very important, and dd2 is getting extra attention from her big sister, whom she adores. Anyone else have sibling stories to share?
 

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That's so sweet!! My older son tries to teach my younger son sometimes. One day, he was counting with him as he pointed out numbers in a book. Most of the time, the "lessons" are kind of odd, like explaining stuff about bones. Ds1 uses this gentle, patient voice. It sounds like:
DS1: T?
DS2: Yeah?
DS1: Remember when I was telling you about bones?
DS2: Mmm hmmm.
DS1: Well, I drew a picture of a skeleton for you. Do you see the skeleton?
DS2: Mmm hmmm.

He's tried to teach him planet names, but the problem is that ds2 often disagrees. So, it sounds like:
DS1: This is Jupiter. Can you say, "Jupiter"?
DS2: No, moon!!
DS1: No, that's not the moon! That's Jupiter!
DS2: No, moon! Moon!!!

And it goes like this. The weird thing is that I think ds2 is learing some things from ds1 that he would not learn from us.
 

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Aren't they so sweet ... I love that the bond between my two gets stronger with them both home.


Ds#1 every now and then gets a "homework" bug and says he needs to do some "homeschool homework" (we unschool). So I often give him one of the workbooks I have laying around to work in. If ds#2 is up, ds#1 will often try to "explain" what he's doing and show him (ds#2) how to do it. It's pretty cute. Sometimes he'll "read" to his little brother too.
 

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BeanBean has taught BooBah all sorts of things inadvertantly, and BooBah loves to hand her brother books or sit in his lap while he's reading (or looking at pictures) about airplanes. This afternoon, BeanBean was playing B-29 pilot. He was chatting to me about the B-29 (plane of the week, you know) and BooBah came and picked up one of the things he had laid out as part of his control panel. "B-29?" she asked. "No, that's dental floss."
It was sooo cute, though! BooBah has learned a lot about airplanes over the past month. We all have, someone is completely obsessed.
 

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My DSS absolutely taught DD how to correctly pronounce many words. He would give her little tongue twisters ("Say yellow! Say yellow lollipop!") and the like. He also likes to do the Starfall activities with her. It's a little "showing off while motivating the younger kid," and a little "here, let me show you how to do this cool thing," and a little "hey, let's see what you can do." Very sweet, and the kind of challenging play that really stretches a little kid. And it's neat to point out to DSS how much he adds to DD's life, and how much he's taught her.
 

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I love your stories! I can't wait until ds is a little older and can sit still for more than 1 minute, because I think dd will be really into 'teaching' him! There is no better way to *really* learn things than to teach them to someone else, IMO!
 

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Yes I love this about homeschooling!

My oldest dd (now 7) didn't learn to count to 20 till she was 5. But because my 3 yer old dd hears her big sister counting all the time, she learned to count to 20 when she was 2. My youngst has learned soooo much from her older sister, it's quite amazing actually. I love it.
 

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My 6 yo sits on the couch and reads books to her little brother and tries to teach him to sound out the words and count... it is pretty cute.
 

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which goes something like this:

DS-Kelsey?
DD-what?
DS-what does P-O-B (or some other three word combo) spell?
DD-Um..not sure, you should write it down.
DS-(beginning to write) Kelsey?
DD-yes?
DS-how do you write a *P*?
DD-like this (writing it for him)
DS-(finishing the *word*) OK, what does it spell?
DD-Puh..Aw.. buh Pawb?
DS-(laughing) Pawb!!! I never heard that word!
DD-I'm not sure that is a word!
DS-Ok, what about (insert three letter nonsense word here)?

Sometimes he even makes a real word, although I think he tries not to
The other day Ds got laughing so hard he got the hiccups and at some point they wanted to dictionary to check if one of Ds's combos was a real word. It was *bot*
 

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We had an opposite situation here the other day. My 6 yr old ds learn to tie his shoes (I just showed him once and BAM he got it. My 12 yr old dd has Cerebral Palsy and learning disablities, she doesn't know how to tie her shoes. My ds told me that he was going to teach her how.


My 9 yr old was helping my 6 and 4 yr olds with math today. Yesterday she was helping my 4 yr old with her bath. I went in to check and there was a piece of paper stuck to the shower wall right above the faucets, it had an arrow pointing to the right. My 4 yr old said that her sister put it there so she would know which way to turn the water off.

My 11 yr old is teaching my 18 months old letter sounds. She knows which sounds that some of the other kiddos are doing in "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" and will have her brother say them for her. She also has taught him almost all his body part.
 

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I remember reading in some book about siblings (Not Siblings Without Rivalry, another book that I can't recall the title of right now), that it is VERY common for older siblings to teach skills to their younger siblings. The book also said that it's the OLDER sibling who usually gets the most benefits from this relationship; by teaching the younger sib, the older one gains mastery of the subject. I found that so interesting.

I can't think of any examples right now, but this happens all the time at my house.
 
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