Great she is so interested in reading but do encourage her to draw & make stories. Ask what she is drawing/writing & praise her with whatever she has done. ESP if the drawing/writing is even close to what she saying she drawn/written.
No harm in teaching her how to form letters. You can make it fun by using string or spaghetti for her to make letters.
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17-02-2012 19:43 #11
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17-02-2012 21:29 #12
My 3.5 yr old often "writes" stories, lists and descriptions of pictures.. Obviously I can't read it yet but I just ask what she was thinking when she wrote it and she'll tell me.
It's more about them learning the concept of print and writing than actually knowing words and letters.
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17-02-2012 21:33 #13
Thank you so much for all the replies - I wasn't sure if I would get any! OK, where to start! The teacher didn't say she was BEHIND in writing, but that she was concerned she wasn't progressing. Then she showed me the writing of former students, how they progressed and that by the time they went to prep they were writing sentences. I am now wondering though if this is typical or just a few "special" students, so next week I'm going to have a look at their current work on the walls where they had to write what their painting is about and see what the writing looks like.
I'm not concerned about her being ahead in school. There are a few schools here where they supposedly pick up with them at their own level, so hopefully that's the case!
17-02-2012 21:36 #14
Another question...she knows the sounds of all the letters, but she has trouble blending them together.. so she can say "b" and "a" but most of the time can't put that together to make "ba". Any tips? Can't really progress with phonics until she can do that!
What I don't like about the approach at her preschool is it seems to be so reliant on their writing. I don't want to wait around until she has the motor skills to write. I know that wasn't what the teacher meant as they are still talking about letters but the idea of not having her read anything anymore doesn't seem right.
17-02-2012 21:46 #15
She will blend and write when she's ready. She's only 3.5! What's the rush?
18-02-2012 07:53 #16
It's not usual children to be writing sentences ath the start of prep. Some will be, but they will be very much the exceptions. It sounds like your pre school has very high expectations to me. Honestly it really sounds crazy IMHO.
18-02-2012 15:27 #17
Thanks for all opinions. It's a very advanced preschool although the kids are all just "normal" - not like you have to do a test to get in or anything. I love that they encourage all this early learning but I will try not to get stressed if she is taking longer to learn things
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14-03-2012 00:01 #18
Montessori is another philosophy (besides Steiner) that likes children to "write" before they learn to read. But in our experience, at our school, the philosophy is seconded to "follow the child" ie If a child is more interested in reading, help her learn to read; if she's more interested in writing, help her learn to write.
I had one of each - a very early reader who gobbled up words and language and wanted to write but didn't have the fine motor skills because she was so young; and my little one who has been writing for several months longer than she is reading.
Daughter number one (who read at 3) refuses to try anything that she's not brilliant at; daughter number two (who is starting to read now, nearly 5) is much better with her hands and excels at anything kinesthetic, so writing and art-based activities are more her thing.
At 3.5 they are still exploring their preferences but their basic personality will be set. Sit down with her kindy teacher, have a chat about the whole idea of reading/writing and how her specific personality and skills need to be served.
Be aware that kids who are taught to read with flashcard systems are pretty obvious in a classroom environment where phonics is the rule - generally, they can't decode an unfamiliar sentence in the way a child who has learnt via phonics can. Perhaps the message the teacher is trying to send might be to de-emphasise teaching-to-read efforts for other, more play oriented efforts to bring forth her writing skills.
If she wants to read, and is ready to, you'll find she effectively teaches herself anyway ... streetsigns, magazines, cereal boxes ... text is everywhere and the child tuned into it will learn! Give her books, share them with her, but perhaps steady up on the expectations - if it's going to happen that young (before 4 or so), it will happen naturally and with very little effort on your part.
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30-04-2012 16:08 #20
Meme's reply is a great explaination of the sort of approach it sounds like the teacher is taking.
Another pp mentioned Reading Eggs, and now that you've mentioned blends, I'll second the recommendation. You may find though that you want to start her right at the start - even if she 'tests' to start at a higher level - so she doesn't miss the introductions to blends. Also, when I subscribed I got the activity books as a bonus and these are great if you want her to play more with writing and having a go.
I was a perfectionist and my mum would say every now and then she/teacher would start to worry that I wasn't getting something/progressing, but as soon as I knew I could do it, I would and I would do it 'perfectly' first try. So my work may not have shown the standard smooth progression including trial and error, but over time the jumping progress was clear. Just keep providing her with opportunities to read, draw and write (and sing and stomp and, and, and...) and following her lead.
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