Thursday, September 24, 2009

Our Goals for Jackson with "School"/Speech This Year

Jackson is not going to Preschool this year. I have prayed about this a lot, and the bottom line is that he is not begging to go to school. Also, I have learned how to be his teacher through all of our wonderful therapists that we have had in the last year (not to mention the $100 a month two-day-a-week fee plus a non-refundable $100 deposit at the beginning for preschool).

I feel pretty certain that God has given me the gift of teaching. Since I know that He has given both me and Charlie the gift of teaching, for
Jackson’s 2 year old year and maybe even his 3 year old year we will be teaching him at home. Because of his September birthday, He is only in a two year old class and I know what his school goals would be. He does go to Oak Grove Elementary every Thursday morning bright and early at 7:45 am for an hour for speech and he did great this week! The teacher said he was a parrot.

I do not feel very confident in teaching 2 year olds, or Preschool-age children, but God is teaching me so much about my role as teacher. I feel really nervous about ever teaching him how to read since I did not learn to read using phonics. I learned to read in the 80's using some crazy memorization way (this is one reason why my spelling is so bad). I want to go ahead and start learning how to teach my children to read when they are ready, so if you have any recommendations and good books on Preschoolers learning to read or any books explaining how to teach little ones to read,
I would love to know what books you recommend.

Since I am trying to have school time with Jackson at least twice a week, hopefully more, I think I will start posting some recommendations on what is working for us (especially since he has speech delay) on Thursdays of most weeks.

Most Southern Baptist churches use the "Wee Learn" Curriculum from Lifeway for their Preschools throughout the year. You can actually go online and view it and see a lot of great ideas. The first section is entitled "Learning About Myself." The first unit is entitled "I am growing." They encourage you to spend a week teaching about how your little one grows in height, and how Jesus grew in height as well. A song that relates that you can sing with your two year olds is "Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes." We plan to teach this curriculum at church on Wednesday nights to our bored 2 year olds.

Overall his goals in school are:

  • Being able to copy me when I build a tower with blocks. He really just wants to build a tall tower his own way. When we have school time, we mainly play with toys while he is strapped down in a high chair.
  • Him to copy me when I draw a circle, straight line, etc.
  • Him to speak in short sentences and to have 1,000 words (that we work on all throughout the day).
  • Him being able to point to the correct object when asked, "What do we watch our shows on? (Answer: point to the TV).

If your child has speech delay and is not talking much or at all (we were there not so long ago), I would strongly recommend having "school time" and strapping your little one down to a high chair and it least trying to say the beginning sound of a word. For instance, with Jackson, I would say to him, “Say, ‘f’ for frog.” I would step away if he got frustrated, but never gave up hope that he could say the "f" sound. When he finally said the sound I wanted him to say, I would give him a high five, and go on and on about what a great job he did. I would start out with working on 10 words from the First Word flashcards that you can get pretty much anywhere. Start small, and do not be frustrated if they can not say the entire word. Just saying the first sound of a word is a huge step! At first we would only do school time for 5 or 10 minutes. Now, just the other day, we were able to do it for 30 minutes.

If you have a child
Jackson's age and even if they go to Preschool, figure out what the next step is for them. I am sure that there are times of the day when they are bored at the house, and it would be a great time to push them to the next level. Maybe they can even practice writing their name or letters during "school time." Let me know if you have any more suggestions on how to have "school time" at your house with a child Jackson's age.


Anonymous said...

We do so many things! Truman also had speech therapy in-home through the school system in our state from 18 months-3 years old. His speech therapy ended in July. My husband and i discovered he learned his letter sounds and he is starting to spell 3 letter words. We have done a few things: we have the leapfog letter games that are magnetic and go on your fridge. We started withe the basic letter ABC's one and now have the one that makes 3 letter words. We also have the leapfrog school bus that teaches the alphabet and phonics. We play with these toys together. We also play with the bathtub alphabet letters each time he takes a bath. All of these have given him an interest in his ABCs and have taught him so much!! I spend a lot of time with him outside with sidewalk chalk, scribbling and making shapes/colors/letters. I use shaving cream to write letters on the bathroom tiles when he bathes or on the shower doors if he showers. When he eats we read books. We sing songs constantly: ABCs, twinkle twinkle, row row row your boat etc. All of these things keep ME young as well :)

lynxymama said...

that was alisha by the way at lynxymama @ blogspot :)

Mommy Reg said...

I love what you are doing with him! But can I caution you to make sure you do not push him to learn when he isn't interested. It is easy for us as moms to keep on going when they are really interested which is actually detrimental to their learning process because they will not retain what they do not have an interest in. We teach G as she is showing interest, which changes daily. We do a number workbook that you can get through A Beka (one of the best book curricula ever) We also do a lot of sorting and counting of objects. Also, I Spy picture books and picture flash cards. I don't have her focus on the sounds as much as I do with the actual pronunciation. At this age that is what really needs to be worked on. The phonics part can really wait. (I used to think it couldn't wait but between teaching preschool and then homeschooling, I have really changed my thinking on this.) Then when they are four, I start working on the phonics sounds. When I start teaching reading, I use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. It was praised by Little Man's speech therapist (she said it was the best method that she knew of) and it really improved his speech. We started it when he was four. The book is in black and white which is completely boring but it works and it tells you exactly what to say and when. It also gives you helps for when your child can't pronounce something correctly. None of my kids have done all the lessons. But about half way through, I start adding in the A Beka beginning readers and make a slow transition to only A Beka. This system has worked well for my kids. My biggest suggestion for 3 year olds is to practice counting things and practice identifying letters, numbers and shapes (colors too if they don't know them). Folder games that work on matching things are really good right now too. And remember that kids learn through play. Playdough, water colors, and bingo markers are great for them to be creative with.
This is super long. I hope this gives you some ideas. If you want more, feel free to let me know. I have done everything different with every kids depending on their interest levels and there developmental abilities. I made the mistake of trying to teach my oldest daughter to read to early and have learned so much since then.

Emily Wallace said...

Thank yall so much for all the tips!

Mommy Reg-
Your advice was so helpful! Jackson does not like change at all, and he has to be pushed to do anything new.

Thanks for the recommendations on the books. What do you think about rod and staff homeschooling books? I might just need to email you.

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