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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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by on Apr. 6, 2012 at 10:03 PM
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by on Apr. 9, 2012 at 9:35 PM
A pan of salt/sugar/flour/dirt to "write" words in (like tracing) may be an alternative. Yes it may be messy, yes it will be time consuming but its a thought :)

You can also use it for math. I would suggest an abacus for math. My dd rarely writes in math (kinder) because we use an abacus. We love it! Right Start is what we use, much more hands on (not sure if that is good or not for you).
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by on Apr. 10, 2012 at 9:46 AM

When my son was younger, he greatly disliked writing, so we did a lot of things orally.  I found some songs that taught the addition/subtraction and multiplication tables, and we would sing those, and recite the tables orally.  Also, I would hold up flashcards and let him answer me out loud.  I still sometimes allow him to answer math questions orally, and he is now in the 4th grade.

Another friend of mine has a son who learned to read by having the closed captioning turned on the television while he watched dvd's.  For him, seeing the words on the screen while hearing them being said made reading "click" for him.  I imagine it doesn't work for everyone, but it might be worth a try for your little one.



by on Apr. 10, 2012 at 12:42 PM

 Is she getting OT to help with the issue? That is the exact thing they would cover during OT, and how to help with school. Plus can she use toddler writing items? They made ball shaped crayons and super chunky pencils. I know a boy (severe physical things) he has 2 middle finger fused together, a super tiny index finger and a slowly dislocated thumb, that is his only hand. He has found ways to use those type of tools for writing. If you can get a kindle fire, ipad, or similar its all touch screen so there would be tons of things to do. But like others, play is best. Look on pintrest for unlimited ideas for this.

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