Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Reading, Writing, 'Rithmitic

I am beginning to realize that my 3 year old can read. Now, he’s not sitting down with a copy of War & Peace, mind you, but he can read simple words and spell them. This is very exciting for me. It’s such a wonder to watch a child learn and grow. I never imagined that he would read at this age, but I’m thrilled that it’s happening. I love sitting down with him and see him recognize words, read them, and trace the letters with his little toddler fingers, as if tracing them will help him recall the letter.

Over at MumsTheWurd, we’re participating in a summer ambassadorship with LeapFrog, which is quite generously creating summer reading packets for libraries and at home day cares. I’ll be telling you more about the LeapFrog program there, but the short version is that LeapFrog is giving these places sets of LeapFrog Tag & Tag Jr’s, and books. I can’t even begin to explain how great the Tag system is. Noel goes back and forth between using both the Tag & Jr, and Lennon is quite dexterous with the Jr. These systems are fun, entertaining, and above all, encourage reading, spelling, recall, math, and more. I can’t wait to see the results of this ambassadorship, and I’m very glad to be a part of it.

I would love to sit down some time this summer and map out a plan for home schooling. Both of my kids, thanks to my husband’s diligence, are already being home schooled, but I think it would be good to have some loose structure, and to keep track of their progress as the days and months go on. We’re most interested in a secular curriculum. What resources are available on the web? Which are the best? I’d love suggestions.

I’ve taken on a goal for myself too, other than the ones that I mapped out yesterday. I’m attempting to read the official list of the 100 best books in American literature. Two that I have read so far, Roots & Sophie’s Choice, have helped me to see how important education, and particularly literacy, is. I want to instill this passion for reading in my family. Not only “just because” it’s important, but education is a crucial step in bettering yourself and overcoming obstacles throughout your life. Would you agree?

4 comments:

icancarryallthebagsandthebabiestoo said...

I love this blog.

I still haven't read Sophie's Choice. I think that I'll make it my goal for when I return home from Denver!

Becca said...

llllloooovvvveee the voice in your blog..... as an English teacher in my former life, ditto Becca on the emphasis on literacy...... on you goal to read the 100 best list, amazing...... I set out to read the entire Newberry list (kid lit) & have read most of it, but have been on sabatical for 5 years so am a little behind.... Maria Stecklein gave me a book titled THE BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS OF THE CENTURY edited by Joyce Carol Oates, pretty good.... it makes me laugh b/cI think I packed it in my hospital bag when we had Will our oldest 7.5 years ago, I guess I thought I would have loads of idle time while in labor..... needless to say, I didn't get much read then, but have squeezed in an essay here & there.....

Jenn said...

I saw this a few months back- even though we probably won't homeschool, I'd like to use some of it. Looks great!
http://www.fiarhq.com/index.html

Naomi said...

Ooh, I bet Jasper would like the Tag Jr...