Sweet Bear and I sit together at the kitchen table. I ask her to tell me something about apples since this was a word that starts with a. A for apples. Sweet Bear has no problem coming up with a sentence about her favorite fruit. “I love apples!”, she exclaims.
So, I draw lines for each word in the sentence that match the length of the word. This allows children to visualize that the words are a group of letters. On top of each line I write the word. Afterwards, Sweet Bear drew a picture of apples above the sentence.
She has began to learn letters all by herself. For her M is not for McDonalds. M is for her real name which starts with M. I am pleased to say that she knows S for Sweet Bear, too. Since she is starting letter recognition all by herself I decided to go ahead and start real lessons with her. I didn’t want to push her because then she wouldn’t want to learn.
She has learned how to write M, S, A and E.
I am in a sense homeschooling her in English and American culture. We stopped during her school break which is over as of today. We will begin again tonight.
I brought some books with me during this move and have been reading to the kids. I ask them to point out letters and quiz them about the story. I am following Fountas and Pinnell steps to Guided Reading as well as I can without being in a classroom. They love it.
I will start making lesson plans and teaching the girls all subjects through reading and writing. I want to make learning centers for them to explore at their own level and speed. It will be hard to do this while living with my husband’s parents. However, once we move out I will use an extra room in our apartment to teach them in. If we don’t have an extra room I will use the living room.
My goal is to teach writing to the children as we taught them to speak. I want English and French to be taught together. I will teach them their letters since we are lucky that the alphabet is the same. Vilay will teach them the French sounds and how to write words in French. I will teach them the English sounds and how to write words in English. It is very important because of using correct phonics that I don’t teach them to write in French.
First lesson in writing A. I wrote all the letters for her except the letter A. She did it by herself. As she learns more letters she will write more letters until she does it all by herself. I will always make the lines for her to guide her. I talk to her about punctuation and what a word is and what a sentence is.
The following pictures are done by Sweet Bear without me. She puts letters all over her pictures now.
The picture below is of Papa and Mama. She drew it at school.