Teaching two grades
can be is rough. Add in a third child/grade on some days and it just gets stupid around here. KB has Apraxia. I’ve mentioned it briefly on here before and you can read it HERE. KB doesn’t know her ABC’s. It’s hard to admit that. My other two knew them very early on. They also didn’t have a speech issue either. This I understand. However, it is hard to watch one of your children struggle with learning. Please note her struggles are not from homeschooling. I’ve come across a lot of ignorance when it comes to homeschooling. People assume my kids are jacked up and can’t function or let alone socialize with others. The socialization part is so far from the truth. My kids make friends everywhere they go. Seriously. We will be in a store and another kid will call out to them. When I ask who they are and where they know them from, it’s impressive the answers. They are just normal children being children.
Back to the struggle. Apraxia isn’t from homeschooling. It’s just an issue she is dealing with. Speech therapy has helped a great deal. This time last year she had about 5 words and we were just beginning the testing to see what was wrong. We all work with her everyday to say more, learn basic concepts like the alphabet, and move from sounds to words. We do this with fun. They are playing Alphabet Bingo in the photo. It was a game we found in the $1 section at Target (it was $3 though). She has to match the photos from the cards she picks up to the board piece in front of her. She can’t read it but she understands what most of the images are and will say them. The game teaches Colors, Letters, Words, Memory & Observation Skills. Rea likes it too. Who doesn’t like Bingo?
Kindergarten can be hard. Well sometimes. Most of the time it’s easy. The only “tough” part is teaching your child to read. I wrote that with slight sarcasm. It really isn’t that hard to teach a kid to read if they had the proper foundation in learning blends and vowels (long and short). Rea was reading in Pre-K so I knew going in to this year wouldn’t be too difficult. And it hasn’t been. She picked up bigger words because the foundation was great. We do sight words daily on index cards. She has about 75 we go over daily. Maybe more. I haven’t counted them in a while. We add new ones with each book we start working on.
To jazz up the boring card memorization, we make it fun. Marty makes a trail out of the cards. She has to say each word and remove it from the trail. If she struggles, she has to stay there until she sounds it out correctly. We currently struggle with “went”, “with”, and “white”. If she is going slow then she knows them. It’s when she picks up the pace and tries to be quick that she messes them up.
The prize at the end is stickers. We get a few rolls from the Dollar Tree and keep them in our homeschool supply closet. Yes, we have an entire closet dedicated to homeschool supplies as well as art/crafts, and a few other things. Kids shouldn’t be stuck in a chair for most of the day. Let them get up and learn. If it takes crawling on the floor to master sight words, oh well. If it means one wants to stand for most of the day, then so be it.
Incorporate fitness into your day. I have the kids do lunges around the house or squat randomly. We also get outside in the sun and play. Who doesn’t love Vitamin D?