Friday, November 25

joy pockets #33

I'm offline this week, on a break, 
but wanted to have the linky up for you lovely mamas.


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joy pockets


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And enjoy visiting those ahead of you!

Friday, November 18

joy pockets #32

Still super tired. Miss 3 has a lingering cold.
No lengthy alone time for me this week.
The internet guy is ignoring our calls.
The in-laws forgot to send a package from UK that I asked for.

But there were little joys.


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lentil and spinach curry
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hearing her put words together
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bananas on French toast
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dinner with friends
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new water-colour pencils
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new art ideas
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adult chats while the kids run crazy
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booking the flights to England
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sunny Autumn days
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Tuesday, November 15

reading

I was more than happy to leave off reading until she was over 5 years old. But her love of letters has only increased, as well as wanting to know what words start with, and 'reading' her books.

So although she's only 31/2, I decided to give it a formal start and take her cues how she wants, or doesn't want, to proceed.

I ordered some phonic resources from Amazon and as there was no rush we waited on them before starting anything. They arrived last Friday and we made a start.

Well, after a 10min run through the very basics - sounding out letters and running them together to read a whole word - she was reading new 3-letter words on her own. Blimey, so she was more then ready.

She has a short attention span with the sounding out, perfectly right for her age. So we might only do 5-10mins. And then she loves to watch the phonic dvds.

Also, rather than sounding out the letters slowly, running them together, she sounds out each letter than forms the word in her head, then says the word! Smart-ass! :) But I'm trying to get her to do the slower work as she'll need to for longer words.

Yesterday, I had phonics coming out of my ears! Dvds, learning books, jigsaws, snap game, matching pairs..... phew



As a note, I'm disappointed in good phonic resources. Am I looking in the wrong places? They're either expensive or confusing or out-dated.

This first set I mention is fine. But while it seems like a starting kit, it goes much too fast through the basics. It's really better after the child has had basic work first and then this set as a reinforcement. She sees there are further items on the dvd and more books and wants to use them, but they jump too far ahead.
The other issue I have, is that on the dvds they present a letter not just as a starting letter but 'in a word'. Quite confusing for a child starting to read to see pencil as a word in the i list because it has i in it.

There is a ton online to print out, but with the cost of ink, it can be more cost-effective to buy a book.

What I expect from basic phonic learning is:

letter sounds not letter names
not capitals
letters sounded out without the incorrect uh ending sound - mmmm, not muh
letters learnt first as the start of words
reading books that follow the stages but have more than 1 sentence a page (hello, kids memorise!)
visual letters not of the pre-cursive font



That precursive i totally confused her and she attempted to call it a j.

I'm now asking her occasionally to read out 3-letter words in the usual books we read together.


Friday, November 11

joy pockets #31

Just not getting 2 consecutive nights of decent sleep.
Need these pockets to look back and remember there were little joys.


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making not-sweet-enough cookies
so that now I have baked oatmeal for breakfast
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this dessert
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quietly colouring-in our respective art in the studio
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the house filled with cinnamon + vanilla scents
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the weekly playgroup
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the chance to indulge in a period drama, all alone
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feeling grounded
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new markers & pens
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ever so slightly improved internet connection
it's something
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working on some digital art
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Thursday, November 10

bits of you

the alphabet is still a firm interest
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you like to ask, "what would X say if I..."
such as 'what would the hippo say if I tickled him' and various weird examples
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as you love us telling you stories, i bought you audio stories
which you really enjoy as you flick through the books
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you're fascinated with kaki (poop)
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you're getting happier at playing alone for longer periods
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you suddenly got the hang of steering your tricycle a few weeks back
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you prefer not to be watched when doing an activity
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you're eating more meat, snuck into soups
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last Wednesday was your first lengthy away-from-mama time
31/2hrs
you went with tata to a playgroup for the local expat kids
you had a blast, were happy but clingy all during the night and wanting extra cuddles the next morning.
this week you seem to have taken it more in your stride.
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you asked about a distinction between genitals
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probably influenced by watching mama do her art, you have embraced colouring-in
and it's one of the few activities you become absorbed in

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I'll be here tomorrow with joy pockets.