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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

How Your Child Learns To Read And Write When You're Not Looking

Last time I was in Belgium, it started. "Girl X can write her name... Can Little Monster write her name?" Girl X is three months younger than Little Monster, and no, she doesn't. "Look Boy Y knows his ABC, does Little Monster know the ABC?"Again, Little Monster doesn't know the ABC...
Parental Unschooling Panic!!!
What will happen if she's not reading or writing or showing any interest in it by the time the others in school have already pushed that boundary?
Am I not applying myself? I read at age 5, she's not showing any interest whatsoever.
Am I forgetting something?
What if she never learns to read or write?

Obviously I know that she will - in her own time. And rationally I know exactly how and why... but still, I decided to compose a list of the many ways how children learn to read and write.

Image: wellspring CS

  1. Reading stories together
  2. Seeing others read
  3. Being on the computer
  4. Being confronted with any kind of print
  5. Drawing between the lines
  6. Any kind of drawing - when drawing, a child practices those motor skills they need to write
  7. Yoga - making shapes with your body is the same exercise as making shapes with your hand, which essentially writing consists of
  8. Following shapes with a pencil
  9. Labyrinths - in either walking or drawing labyrinths or doing the 'follow the line' kind of exercises, a child learns to follow a predetermined path. 
  10. Singing the ABC
  11. Word games
  12. Dancing - again, motor skills, and learning to repeat a movement
  13. Playing with letters and words
  14. Playing with shapes
So when I looked through my house, I realized, we do have lots of things around that foster reading and writing skills, without ever having considered to get 'educational tools', just because they were fun.

  1. Letter magnets
  2. Letter beads
  3. coloring books
  4. Storybooks
  5. Chapter books
  6. All kinds of drawing supplies
  7. Letter stickers
  8. Shapes - We have a lot of plastic templates, which also help your child follow given lines
  9. chalkboard
  10. paper
  11. Word puzzle
  12. Alphabet ground puzzle
  13. Scrabble
  14. Exercise books
  15. Computer - My daughter really loves to write on the computer, I'll open a word editor and she'll just type away, she's very serious about it!
  16. Ipad - oh the Ipad is a most wonderful educational tool, even though we don't really focus on that aspect, we have lots of learning games on there for her to enjoy. 



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