“I don’t know my ABC’s”
I’ve never taught my children their ABC’s. Not the song, not what they are, what they look like. It’s not a priority for me. Yes, Chloe has friends who know them all, can write them and maybe even read them but I am confident that she won’t be hindered at all by me not worrying about them at all at this stage.
Leapfrog Phonics Fridge Magnets
My mother-in-law bought the littles the Leapfrog Phonics Fridge Magnets in both English and French for Chloe’s second Christmas. They drove us crazy on the fridge but after purchasing a magnetic board for the wall in the play area, we found it fine. The littles literally learned the ABC song from playing with that, no interference from us. Apparently Chloe also learned some actual letter recognition as well.
Lately she has been asking about letters and words so this week we started practicing tracing some letters. We also dug out our Melissa and Doug See and Spell for the first time. We looked at all the letters and an alphabet chart. Then we spelled the word Orange; the same word we had traced. Then we picked out the letters for her name. This was a huge hit with her. She was so excited to see her name spelled in letters. Then both her and John enjoyed finding the right letters to spell the word on the picture.
On Sunday, Chloe came home so excited. At church, they each have a hook with their name on it and she noticed that her friend, Claire, starts with C just like she does. Wow, they grasp it fast when they are ready and interested!
A Merry-Go-Round of Sickness
This week John was sick with a fever and rash for a few days, then Chloe had a fever one day and then it was gone. Monday afternoon I started to feel rough, Tuesday I was so sick. I almost called DH to come home from work. Wednesday was a little better. DH stayed home, made me chicken soup (yep, he rocks!) and Aunty Sandy took Chloe for a sleepover. Thursday Chloe came home full of stories and tales of adventure. She also came home with a fever. We only got in one day of school – but what a day it was!