Our progress with reading is moving right along and I can’t help but be over the moon excited. My daughter is finally learning to read, an act that has given me peace, filled my days, and entertained me more than anything else in my life.
I’m tackling language arts on several different fronts and I’m going to take them one at a time…
SIGN, SIGN, EVERYWHERE A SIGN
As I gently prod and push my daughter in the reading arena, I keep fully in mind that it can’t FEEL like prodding or pushing from my end. I’ve seen her turn into Velcro and just hang there, learning nothing, intent on resisting in every way.
That leads to conflict and hard feelings on both ends. So instead I need to be a little sneaky about it.
To that end, I brought up signs as we were driving yesterday. We live on the border of Missouri and Kansas and pass into Kansas on a regular basis since the Greater Kansas City Metro area straddles both states. There are activities to attend, errands to be run, and cleaning clients to visit – so we are crossing state lines a lot.
Emily has learned to look for the “Leaving Missouri, Come Again Soon!” sign or the “Welcome to Kansas!” sign and the reverse sets going back into Missouri. I tried the other day to get her to point to some of her other signs…
“What other signs do you see?”
“What do you mean, Mama?”
“Do you see any signs that interest you.”
“No…well…the big colorful sign that changes all the time.”
I didn’t think of it then, but thinking of it now, I know just what to do. Emily prefers to learn through repetition. This is how I taught her the days of the year, to count by 5s and 10s and so much more. Initially, she doesn’t want to repeat it over and over, but if I do it, eventually it sinks in.
So what needs to happen is this…
Me: Look at that orange sign, do you know what it says?
E: No, what?
Me: It says “Caution Road Work Ahead”
Over and over and over. Until she really notices the words and recognizes them.
My goal is to fill her world with words. I think she takes them for granted, glosses over them, tries to ignore them, and more. My job is to bring them to the forefront of her vision, ask her step into the written world and suck it all in. Eventually the words will stick.
Here are some of my other posts on the subject of teaching language arts…
(This post was originally published on Bubblews at: http://www.bubblews.com/news/2092796-a-day-in-the-life-of-an-unschooler-teaching-language-arts-sign-sign-everywhere-a-sign)