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Bad News Back to the drawing board

Posted by on Apr. 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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Well, DDs hand issues are worse than previously thought. She was DXd with sever hypermobility ans possible dyspraxia. As well, her thumbs are slightly abnormally short, which affects usage The hand specialist feels that it will take a good 1-2 years before she is able to write, or even trace. SO.... I need some ideas for curriculum that can still be super effective without writing. She is almost 4. She is ready to start reading and basic math concepts like addition and
subtraction. I was thinking Oak Meadow K, because it is gentle and will give us a solid year to catchup on fine motor skills. Any other ideas? I have abandoned all plans to combine the kids. She will need the one on one.
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AntroNet
by on Apr. 6, 2012 at 10:53 PM

 I have boys, so maybe it's different, but my 4 year old is more interested in learning through play.  I get out the flashcards and have him practice his letters and such, but the dinosaurs we count, and the educational computer games, and the theme bags from the library are all he will really concentrate on.  However, I read to him like crazy and I am very proud to say that he is very articulate and his vocabulary is advanced.  I relaxed a bit once I read an article called "too much, too soon".  I am even learning with my 7 year old how to slow down life and let what really matters take the lead and that is family time, learning through experience, and the value of moral living.  I wish I could be more helpful.  When he is ready, however, I will start him on a little more Time4Learning on the computer, Saxon Math for Kindergarten, and Abeka Science...but he is learning enough just by listening to me teach his brother and watching leap frog as well.  Good luck to you.

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Apr. 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM
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How would she do with using a keyboard?

Jumpstart.com has online or downloadable games that teach letters, reading and math. Its a lil expensive, about $80 a year but my kids LOVED IT at her age! (They are too old now)...lol..I liked playing with them!
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romacox
by Silver Member on Apr. 8, 2012 at 8:32 AM

AntrOnet is correct: Studies show that children, especially young children,  learn best through play. It works because it involves their body, mind and senses ( Total Physical Response). 45% of children do just fine with flash cards, but 55% do not. 

I like Ring Around The Phonics for reading and Language Arts..You play the "curriculum disguised as a game" because you want them to succeed in life.  They are not thinking that.  They just want to win the gold ring of knowledge, and to win the game. They think they are playing. The instructions takes you step by step, and early reader books are included, but it is flexible enough so that you can make changes and adjustments to the instructions if you need to .

For Math I particularly like Math U See. For older children it uses Cd's and workbooks, but for little ones, it is very hands on. It is not the "new math".  So it is easy for parents and children to understand.

Public schools expect children to write way too soon.  For a 4 year old it is more important to help them develop hand dexterity.  Coloring is a good way to help with that. 

SilentDraconia
by on Apr. 8, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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My boys use the key board when having issues.
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2012 at 10:43 AM

I don't use store bought curriculum, yet, so I don't have any suggestions, but I wanted to wish you Good Luck!

mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM
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Would writing alternatives such fingerdrawing answers in shaving cream be effective or helpful?

MommaTasha1003
by on Apr. 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

Is she able to use stamps? Kids love to stamp & it would replace any writing..Using a computer.. flashcards, or magnets..

kirbymom
by Sonja on Apr. 9, 2012 at 7:46 PM

 I wouldn't worry about writing for now. I would just concentrate on what you are already thinking about, but I would use the refrigerator magnets for learning her letters. That way she can still learn to read too. 

You might just want to have a verbal class based  on pointing and verbal question and answer and maybe some type of one fingered drawing.  Good luck with whatever you decide to go with.  :)

5BMom
by on Apr. 9, 2012 at 8:10 PM
She cannot use a keyboard well and cannot use a mouse at all, even the small kids one I bought her. She WILL trace letters on an app I have on my tablet, but she knows her letters and finds it boring.
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mem82
by Platinum Member on Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Can she use a finger drawing app to 'write' out her Math or practice her spelling?

Quoting 5BMom:

She cannot use a keyboard well and cannot use a mouse at all, even the small kids one I bought her. She WILL trace letters on an app I have on my tablet, but she knows her letters and finds it boring.




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