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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
First, I must apologize for my lack of bloggage - I *ahem* forgot my password. It's as though my brain reached capacity and purged or something.

I read Kira's blog every day. (Did you know she got engaged?) Kira and I are in some weird sort of parallel universe where every other day there is something that fits EXACTLY with my life. It's like she is a fly on my wall. One of her sons is the same age as my son and very often they are doing the same things. For instance, now they are both learning to read.

I have to admit, I'm totally petrified of teaching my son to read the WRONG way. What if I choose the way he can't learn, what if I choose the wrong way that the school teaches, what if I totally screw him up?!?!

See, Kira has three boys and she homeschools, so she has had two to practice on. I desperately want Kira at my house to show me the way to teach my son to read.

M. has very little focus, he pings around from one task to another and the only time he sits still is when he's very tired or there's a particular TV show on that he wants to watch. In the mornings he watches cartoons while eating breakfast and I found Spiderman on - and even better, the OLD spiderman cartoon that I used to watch as a kid! - and he was frozen with spoon in mid-air and oatmeal dripping off of it.

'S'lookit mom!' he'd say. That's his version of 'look at this'. S'lookit. I have no idea where he gets it from. There are other words he says in his own way. Milk is "mlilk". Through is, of course, frew. And bath is "baff".

I worry about his lack of focus, he doesn't want to sit and write anything, he has little patience with colouring or drawing. He does like to play computer games though. I just worry that I've made my kid a new-generation style child that will grow up writing in internet script.

R U OK? CU L8R..

My husband suggests that he will develop in his own way, that he will find the focus when there is something he wants to focus on. So I'm going to keep trying to squeeze in the little bit of reading and writing I get in the few minute increments that we do now.

Currently our place to learn letters is in the 'baff'. We have soap crayons and my bathtub and shower walls are coverd in Ms. Little ones and big ones. He can also draw Os - which means he's only a step away from drawing MOM.
  The Writing Mother
  posted at 9:43 AM

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Kira said...

He will be FINE. Give the boys extra time and space, developmentally speaking. They are the turtles in the race, you know.
If you really want to work on phonics with him, I can recommend some simple books. But the best, the VERY BEST thing you can do for him is to read to him.
Scratch that, reading is the second best thing you can do for him, after loving him like you do.


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