In case you are at all interested in checking out some of the stuff we are doing, feel free to browse through, post comments, questions or new ideas! Actually, I'd REALLY love it if you posted or emailed me with other fun game ideas to incorporate into our routine!
Otherwise, these next 8 or so posts will mainly be a platform for my documentation of our activities to look back and reflect on after our 60 days are completed.
K's special education teacher was very supportive and excited about the project, and is actually coming to our house after school tomorrow to teach me how to use the literacy program that they use at school (her idea!!) How fun!
I am also keeping track of our activities in a spreadsheet along with time notations. I've found that K's threshold seems to be about 20-30 minutes of engaged learning time, so I've adjusted my time expectations accordingly!
*We also have a bumblebee that she has to make stripes for
*A Ladybug, and she makes the play doh spots
*And a cat food bowl, and she makes pieces of cat food (she loves cats!)
Another thing that they had suggested at school was continuing to strengthen her fine motor skills, which contributes to handwriting technique, and in turn affects literacy (it's funny how so many academic skills are based on things like cutting, coloring, painting, just playing really...) So this activity was her cutting out triangles (another good opportunity for building math concepts) and then counting how many triangles she had cut out and gluing them onto paper.
The reading that we are working on is mainly phonics based reading, because she is getting a LOT of sight word practice at school. I know sight words are the way of the future, and building a huge memory bank of thousands of memorized words now comes before reading phonetically, but I still want K to be able to sound out unfamiliar words. Especially simple 3-4 letter common words. Now, I realize that this could backfire. I myself often say things out loud phonetically... like the time I asked my husband if he had ever read Don Quicks-Oat (Quixote... who knew...) Or told my best friend that God was Omny-Potent..
but that's neither here nor there. Here's the system we've been using. It's a program I purchased awhile ago, Intensive Phonics.
Like I said before, if you made it all the way to the bottom of this very long posting, I'd love to hear any other ideas for problem solving, math and literacy games and activities!