Make Learning Fun!

Once your child starts school (as in pre-k) the pressure is on! Children are learning their alphabet and colors at a much younger age. Whatever you do, don’t measure your child against his/her peers. Each child learns at a different rate and when it comes to reading children technically have until the end of second grade to master reading. Did you know that in some European countries children are taught to read in second grade and not Kindergarten like in the U.S.

It’s so important for our children to play and spend as much time outdoors as possible. Dramatic play and discovery is important in the elementary years.  Hands on learning is the best type of learning in my opinion.

My son is in K and his teacher gave me a list of words he should know. I looked at it and laughed. There is no way I am doing boring flash card drills with my kid.  He loves homework and wants to learn to read. He is always asking me to read labels and titles for him. I tell I’m he will read when his brain is ready. He is curious about letter sounds and learning words. I notice he loves to paint, so I gave him a few words and he painted the words on paper. He had a lot of fun and enjoyed figuring out the sounds. It seems like a better way to teach words rather then putting them on a flash card. I don’t know if we will do it everyday, but it is a great way to integrate art and literary. So before you run to the store and buy flash cards consider tapping into your child’s interests to teach them new things.

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Which letters should children start writing first?

If you want to teach kids which letters to write first, start with the “tallest” letters. These letters are t,b,k,l,h. Get wide ruled line paper with broken lines in between the solid lines.  Label the top line sky line, the broken line plane line, and the bottom line grass line. See the attached photo taken from Barbara Wilson’s Fundations website. http://www.fundations.com/

When practicing with your child refer to the lines as stated above, it gives them a reference point and a pattern to remember when writing these letters. Once your child masters these letters move to the rest of the letters in the alphabet which start on the plane line.

Happy Writing

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