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Do you do learning activities with your young children? Or did you?

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I was shocked to discover recently that a large amount of children entering kindergarten do no know their ABC's, can't count, and have trouble with basic English like recognizing how to put simple sentences together. I was told by a pre-school teacher that if the parents won't work with the child at home then what they're learning in pre-school won't be enough to give them a basic start in Kindergarten.

We have all sorts of things we do just for fun around our house. We count things for fun. I've read to my children since birth. I also have index cards up all over the house that have the names for things on them. For instance I have one on the door that says "door," one on the microwave that says "microwave." My 3 year old can say her ABC's and recognizes almost all of the letters (she mixes up V and Y on sight and often skips N when saying her ABC's). She can also count to 30. She's learning some basic three letter words like dog, cat, hug.

My 2 year old can count to 10 and can say her ABC's about half the time without mistakes, and recognizes a lot of the letters already. My three year old speaks very well for her age, but my two year old still struggles to speak clearly (she'll be 3 in April).

I don't actively WORK with my kids, these are just fun things we do. We count, we sing, we read, and draw and write. We also do puzzles, mazes, and work on things like color by number pictures (though really my three year old just colors the number not the whole section). I didn't realize how much work goes into preparing your child for school, but I guess we're on the right track.

What sort of learning activities do you or did you do with your children? Did you start doing them just to get them ready for school or was it just something you always did? I can remember actively working with my SD on things but that was after she'd started school and was struggling a little bit with things like learning to count money, recognize patterns, struggle with spelling and sight words.

by on Feb. 8, 2013 at 1:02 PM
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by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

very similar indeed. My 2 yr old does the same thing with the light switch...actually with anythign he wants really. if we dont' understand he will grab our hand and drag us to what it is he wants. This is good and bad. We stil lhave him do it, but we make him say it before we give said item to him. It has been a learning curve for both parties for sure. :) I didn't think about it being a different learning style, but that is something to keep on the back burner for when we do start school: helpful. 

Quoting MamaMoopsie:

 Thank you! I love your suggestions, especially the fruit loop one. I wouldn't have thought of that. It sounds like your two year old and mine are similar, especially in speech, but when I took her to a speech therapist for a consultation, I was told that she CAN talk and other than the basic baby mistakes, she's on target. The speech therapist said that she's stubborn and since she has two older sisters who will talk for her, she doesn't feel the need to use words at home. She gave me some tricks to try at home and they've been helping. I absolutely do not respond to grunts and pointing, lol.

My SD has come a long way since kindergarten. She's now in the top five of her class for everything. She's reading at a 7th grade level. She's in 4th. My 3 year old is really a sponge, everything I show her or do with her she learns easily and my mother who spent most of her adult life teaching said that some kids just memorize faster and not to hold my two year old to the same standards.

One thing my two year old has that my three year old doesn't is problem solving skills. She can't reach the light switch? She'll find something to stand on. My three year old can't do something she'll start crying until someone helps her. My 2 year old loves to figure out how things work. So perhaps, she's just a different style of learner. Oh, and I really like the shape slide. My two year old still hasn't got all her colors down, so we just might try that one!

Quoting hcdeubof3:

oh and you sound like you are very much on the right track and doing a great job! Keep up the great work...sorry to make such long posts and post so much. 

by on Feb. 9, 2013 at 11:07 AM

that is really rough. I wonder if going to occupational therapy would help and give tools for inside the classroom? My good friend has a daughter with this and does occupational therapy. I'm surprised that your pediatrician didn't even catch it earlier with the develpmental screenings. 

Quoting MamaMoopsie:

 Oh, that's got to be so hard for you as a parent! I've heard of SPD, but since I don't know a lot, in what ways would your daughter be helped? Taking more breaks throughout class? Having multiple learning styles in class? I know once kids reach junior high and high school level things become even less hands on and more sight and hearing oriented. My SD is a tactile learner, she learns best when she can physically touch and manipulate things that help with the material (like those little blocks when she was learning math facts).

Quoting Morrigan333:

Yes, when my dd was just an infant i read to her, and i used flash cards and she watched alotof those Baby Einstein videos(with me) and she learned alot. She got HeadStart pre-school in the local elementary when she was 3 and 4. Kindergarten went well, but she was often"distracted", but at tat time she seemed to get the content(she was asked later and she put it all together well). However, 1st gr was a real stuggle and pretty much every grade since that(she's in 6th now) . Sring 2012 she was tested at Kennedy Krieger Institute and was dx with Sensory Processing Disorder)SPD) However, her current middle school refusued to acknowledge tthat dx or accept it so her struggle goes ON and ON. Public schools are stupid..tyeh KNOW what will help a child with LD yet they prevent the parent from getting their children any services to alleviate it or to at least make it workable for these kids.

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