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Holding Pattern

March 14, 2010 1 comment

Well, there isn’t a lot to blog about now as we are just waiting until Ella is ready to start learning the phonograms, but I was going through some pictures on the computer this morning when I ran across the picture below. Ella found a stack of phonogram cards and wanted to explore so I gave her the stack. This is what happened.

Ella Exploring the Phonograms

 And then later I came across this picture.  Shows that Ella is a little ahead of schedule on the writing of her phonograms.  Click on it to see it full size.

Ella Writing Practice Evidence

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Hayden Reading to Ella

March 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Hayden read to Ella this morning so I grabbed the video camera and recorded a few minutes.  There are some examples of things I’ve mentioned in the blog.

A couple of things to look for are how Ella turns the pages herself, how she doesn’t wait for a page to be read completely and her pointing at items in the book. 

It seems very basic, but one of the things that was expected of my first-graders was the knowledge of how a book works.  Imagine how much more difficult it is for a child expected to learn how to read if they don’t even know how to turn the pages of a book.  They will need to learn that as well as that we read from left to right and front to back.  I would say that most students knew this, but it is important as a parent to understand that this very basic information has to be learned.  The video shows that Ella understands this concept.

It also shows that she sometimes is not interested in waiting until a page is fully read.  This is something that I’ve struggled with a bit.  Because I’m an adult that has had ingrained in me the need to fully read every page, I want to read the entire page to Ella.  I’ve gotten over it, but the need still tugs at me a bit.  You can see in the video that Hayden speeds up his reading to try to get the entire page read before Ella wants to turn the page.

Ella pointed at things in the book a couple of times.  I will usually stop reading and spend some time with her going over the things in the book, sometimes asking her to point at different items.  This is how her vocabulary grows.

I was very excited to see Hayden reading to Ella. One of the built-in advantages Ella has is that she has an older brother and older sister to work with her. Lauren is going over body parts with Ella even as I type. More language and learning is great for the brain!

I’ve mentioned in past posts that Ella is not yet saying many words. Just within the past few days she has been very clearly saying “mama” and “dada.” The entire family cheers when Ella does this. Probably would be sickening to outsiders to watch how we encourage and cheer for her, but toddlers eat it up.

Update

March 2, 2010 3 comments

Not a lot new on the Ella reading front.  We continue to read regularly and she continues to show interest in reading on her own.  There was a close call a couple of days ago where it was approaching the normal time for Ella to go to sleep and I hadn’t yet read her a book.  That would have been tragic after all these months of reading to her every day to have missed a day.

Ella’s unspoken vocabulary continues to grow because of reading.  She is picking new words up very quickly as she points at things in books and we tell her what they are.  She doesn’t seem to tire of this very easily.  The other day we were reading Biscuit Goes to the Pumpkin Patch, in which there is a sad jack-o-lantern.  Every time she pointed at it I would say, “Ahhhh” and then she would lean against me and I would hug her.  After about five times I decided I’d count how many times we’d do this.  We got up to 14 before she finally decided we could move to the next page.

There have been two separate confirmations of Ella reading the word DUCK.  I opened up MS Word and typed it in a big font while Ella was in the office and she immediately said, “Duck!”  Then later Lauren did the same thing.  Ella deliberated a little more this time, but she said it.

We have been trying a new strategy to get Ella to say the words she has learned.  With Ella in the area, I’ll tell one of the kids to say a word and then after they do it tell them what a good job they did.  Using this strategy we got her to say, “Mom.”  It was clear as day two times, but she hasn’t done it again since.

Ella and I were on the couch reading today, each of us with our own book.  I called Lauren in to take a picture, but of course once Ella knew there was a camera in the area, she had to start mugging and we didn’t get the shot I wanted.  The picture is below.

Reading With Dad