Posts Tagged ‘pre-writing’

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Spring is here – time to think of the new!

April 27, 2012

Ok, spring has been here for a while now. 😛

I have started my thinking on the upcoming “school-year” in the past few weeks. So far, it isn’t nearly as involved, planning-wise, as last year because most of it is continuation of what we are doing.

Things we will be continuing:
Singapore Primary Math with Mr E, and possibly starting Singapore Math Essentials with Mr A.
Rex Barks for grammar.
Mind Benders logic puzzles.
– Spanish
– SOTW 1 and 2 when we get to it

Things we may be doing differently or adding:
– Latin
Mavis Beacon typing
– Chemistry and Physics
– I am currently undecided about English. I may have him continue with Spectrum, or I may have him start using First Language Lessons or Writing With Ease.
– Mr A will continue working through sounding things out, and pre-writing skills

In other news, Mr E has started speech therapy, finally. It is going great! He already recognizes when he slips up and uses the “F” sound instead of “TH”, and his therapist is pleased with his progress!

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Leapfrog Letter Factory!

March 14, 2012

Seriously amazing!

Leapfrog Letter Factory is truly amazing. Mr A started learning phonics using the free games at Starfall, which is a great site. However, it wasn’t until he started watching Letter Factory that he really got it. Everything is changing so fast now! I know I have said it already, but it has done absolutely amazing things. He went from not recognizing most of his letters – to recognizing them, knowing their sounds and reading words by sounding them out!

On top of that, he can easily write his name and this morning, Mr A decided to write his alphabet with his new crayons. We haven’t even begun to learn how to write his letters, we have just been working on paths and mazes, as pre-writing skills. Apparently, I need to step it up a notch!

I simply can not recommend this video enough.

Here is the alphabet written by Mr A, spontaneously, this morning. It is written backwards, but that isn't uncommon for young children when they are first learning to write.