Can I Teach My Newborn, Infant or Toddler Basic Kindergarten Skills? YES YOU CAN!

Babies are smart! Newborns, Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, learn faster and easier than you and I.

What can you do to help your little ones learn right from birth??

#1 Sing to them!

Yes I said sing to them. Sounds so simple, but it really is! But don’t feel you need to stick to the basic Row Row your Boat or Mary Had a Little Lamb. Of course use these fun songs and what ever song your Mom or Dad sung to you as a baby. But lets get creative! Sing the ABCs, count to 100, count backwards from 100, skip count by 2s, 5s, 10s, days of the week, months of the year, etc.

By doing this you are bonding with your child, comforting them, loving them and educating them. My now when Baby Z was an infant, he hated car rides. Our whole family would sing to him, “The A says ahhh, the A says Ahh. Every letter makes a sound, the A says Ahh!” and so forth throughout the whole alphabet. This helped calm him, but it also helped him learning the letter sounds (phonics) at a really early age.

#2 Label EVERYTHING

Little Reader, MemoFlix and Wink to Learn English helped expose Baby Z to so many words. But you don’t need to buy DVDs or computer programs to do this if you don’t want to. (Though it does help a lot.) Label your house and do little home tours pointing to all the words as you walk by with your baby.

When your out with your baby talk about what’s happening. “Oh look! Its starting to rain. Do you feel the drops on your head?’

#3 DVD and Computer programs
Technology is not bad. It can be used for the wrong reasons, yes. However I believe it can be a powerful tool to help educate our children. I know what the AAP’s stand is on screen time before 2. Thing is I’m not one to let to government tell me how to raise my children. Yes, I follow car seat safety rules to the tee, but we don’t vaccinate. I choice to educate myself, and make a decision for my family. Not blindly follow like sheep.
My personal experience is, if you choose high quality, educational materials, screen time can be very helpful in educating my children. It’s something you will have to look at for your family. I should also point out I am talking about real educational materials, like Your Baby Can Read, Little Reader, and Monki See just to name a few. 

#4 Tablets
If you have access to a iPad, take advantage of it! Baby Z learned so much from several apps. Even though many of them were WAY beyond his ability, we did them for him and had him watch. Input, input, input! When he got a bit older I took his hand and made his little hand operate the app. (with his cooperation of course.) Then eventually he was able to operate several of them without my help. This is an awesome way to teach your young child colors, shapes, numbers, letters, letter sounds, sight words, etc. 

Stay tune! I am compiling a list of AWESOME IOS apps for babies and toddlers.

#5 Carefully picked toys
  
If you step into the toy section at Walmart or dare to enter Toys R Us, you can easily see there are many, many options for toys for your young child. Not all toys are created equal. But there are certain brands that are usually a pretty safe bet like Leap Frog and Melissa & Doug. But the best places I have found GOOD quality toys are thrift stores and garage sales. With a little soap and water they are good as new and a fraction of the price.

Letter blocks, matching games, stacking cups, etc are all great toys for little hands. These toys are perfect for little hands to explore on their own when you are making dinner or need two seconds to eat the said dinner. Also they a great to play together with your child.

Watch for an entry about great education toys that we love!



#6 Flashcards


 This is where I might get some grief. Yes there is a place for flashcards in an infant, toddler and preschoolers life. My boys LOVE flashcards. But its because I do not drill them with the flashcards. I show them to Zakari the same way as I would show him a book.

A few books with looking into at the library or Amazon would be:
How to Teach Your Baby to Read (The Gentle Revolution Series)

How Smart Is Your Baby?: Develop and Nurture Your Newborn’s Full Potential (The Gentle Revolution Series)

These are good reads too, but I would focus on reading the first two listed. Then read these if you have time.

How to Teach Your Baby Math (The Gentle Revolution Series)


How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledge (The Gentle Revolution Series)

Now it should be noted that Doman’s method is a lot of work. I did not follow Doman’s method to the tee. I did make many flashcards. I also used multimedia, little Little Reader, DVDs, etc. 

There is also no need to make the flashcards as large as Doman recommends. Yes bigger is better, but I found 8×11 works well too.  

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You can teach your baby to read, count, know basic kindergarten knowledge in toddlerhood. I know this from experience! The best part is they love it! Children are little sponges, and the younger they are the easier they learn. Why not teach them to read when they are able to do so with less effort at one or two instead of waiting till they are 6 or 7 years old. 

Oh but I know what some are thinking. Monique just let them be babies. Tiger mom! Why rush them to grow up? Let them be kids! 

My reply to this is, why hold back our children? My two year old loves to read. He gets excited at the grocery store when he can read the words on the wall. He reads what’s in his fruit pouches first to see what flavour he is about to eat. I have by no means forced him to learn. I just enriched his environment. Carefully selected only highly educational programs to expose him to during screen time. Used car time, waiting rooms, potty time, and bedtime to expose him to good quality apps or books with large words.

What did this do? It helped my son who is now 27 months be able to:

  • read any 3 letter word he is presented
  • know all his colors
  • know all his shapes, including shapes like octagon, oval and 3D shapes like cylinder.  
  • know all his basic farm and zoo animals and their sounds
  • knows all his letters and letter sounds. Even is starting to figure out letters like c and g have two sounds.
  • know how to read more words then I’m able to keep track of. (we were in the hundreds not including 3 letter words a while back, my guess is we are now in the 1000s)
  • understands phonics and can sound out new words he has never seen
  • Counts to 20 by ones forwards and backwards(has gone higher but usually only goes to 20 because he loses interest
  • Counts to 100 by 10s and 5s
  • Counts to 30 by 2s
  • knows his days of the week and months of the year
  • and much much more
I’m not listing this to brag, nor do I think my son is special. He has just grown up in an enriched environment and was exposed to this stuff in a fun way. ALMOST ANY CHILD CAN LEARN THIS STUFF TOO! Even children with special needs.

When people asking me, “Why teach them to read?” I ask “Why not!” It opens a whole new world to them. 


A few weeks ago we were at Shoppers Drugmart, and I was wearing Baby Z on my back in an Ergo carrier. We were waiting in line when he noticed the words over the cooler and started pointing at it and yelling, “Water! Water! Water!” I walked up to pay for my items and gently said “Yes sweetie there is water in the cooler.” The older woman behind me said with her jaw dropped, “No! He’s not pointing at the water in the cooler, he is pointing at the word. I think he just read the word water. Can he read?” I just brushed it off that he knows a few words because I didn’t have time to have a conversation. But if I had time I might have gone into details if the woman was open to it. Who knows maybe she has grandchildren. 

The point of this story is, instead of Baby Z just being able to look into the items around the store and try and figure out what they are that way, we have given him another piece to the puzzle. The ability to read what the words are. 

MACHS Homeschool Conference 2011- Keynote Speaker Andrew Pudewa

Homeschool Conference 2011

What an amazing experience! This weekend I was able to attend our local Christian homeschooling group, MACHS, homeschooling conference. It was held for two days at Calvary Temple in Winnipeg.

I have to say this conference was AMAZING. Much to my excitement the keynote speaker was Andrew Pudewa, the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. While this was very impression, what really got our attending was the fact he was trained under both Suzuki and Doman. He actually worked with my hero Glenn Doman(author of the book “What To Do About Your Brain-injured Child“) at The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential.

Another early learning mom, who happens to be a good friend of mine, and I had the opportunity to talk to him after lunch.

Ok ok… We may have formed an attack to corner the poor man to try and pick his brains. He was busy looking for his missing cufflink, so we took this opportunity that he was in one area to speak with him.  As brief as it was, he was able to tell us about some interesting things.

– According to him, the IAHP is not open to new research. They have the mentality, if they didn’t come up with it they are not interested in it. After hearing this, I also heard something similar from somewhere else. This is really sad to hear and I hope it is not true because there is still so much to learn about the human brain. By limiting their interest in other studies they will eventually become dated.

– We talked about EK flashcards. He went on to tell us how the connections are made. Basically if you never saw anything you wouldn’t think about anything. By showing EK bits you are providing your child the chance to think about something, there for making connections in the brain.

– He also told us about another person that he use to work with at the IAHP that left the institute and opened his own clinic the Family Hope Center. I’m under the impression the founder of the Family Hope Center was fed up the IAHP would not consider new research on Brain Injured children. Another thing that seemed to bother them was the fact that the people who are now in charge of the IAHP are Scientology and as a devout Christian he did not agree with the way it was run. So I spent some time on their website and decided to place a call. They were already closed for the day so I left a message. I’m interested to see what this place is about.

We then spent time listening to the keynote speaker sessions, wondered around the 3 exhibit halls and ate lunch. I managed to control my spending habits. I bought Wesley a new bow for his birthday, 2 workbooks and and parents guide. I loved there was so much about Suzuki music this time around. I’m not sure if they will be able to beat it next year.

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Right Brain Window

Well we were suppose to head over to my aunts for my Memere’s birthday last night when Wesley got home from his dad’s house, but he came home not looking so good. Running nose, bloodshot eye, saying he was sick. So I called my aunt and cancelled. I just can’t take him out when he is not feeling well.
This morning he climbed into bed with me, still not 100%. He really wants to see his Mama and Papa. He is so attached to them. I figure its because we lived with them from the time he was 5 months old till he was 14months. From what I read in Brain Rules for Baby, before 8 months children form there greats bonds. If I child cannot bond before this age it can really effect their brains. So it makes sense that he is so attached to him Mama and Papa.
We skipped soccer today and when hubby is back from dropping of my stepdaughter, I’m going to first stop by Wal-Mart with Wesley to get him some winter boots. In the last few days so much snow has fallen there is about a foot of the white stuff in my backyard. Then we are going to go to my parents for dinner. I don’t mind going there when he is not a 100% because he feels at home there, he has his own room and well just being around Mama and Papa makes him feel better.
This morning we took it easy, We watch a few lessons of Wink to Learn-Speak and Read English and Japanese, then an episode of Tweedlewinks. Then we sat down and did a lesson of Singapore Math, and a page of Touch Math. After watching some of the Tweedlewink course, I’m realizing how important right brain programing is to my son. The more together a child’s speech is the more the right and left brain are connected. Wesley is still very behind in the speech department, so this means I have been granted a longer time with the right brain window open. I plan to take full advantage of it. I’m also not forcing him to do his math on his own. We walk through each set together, and work it out together. The more we do this, the more it seems to stick. I guess this way he is able to learn with little stress. I don’t give him the answers but we work together so he can come up with the answer. All of this took us 20-25mins, now he is free to do whatever he likes till bed time where we will practice violin, do his Doman flashcards and read together. According to the Tweedlewinks course, children tend to do better if you cluster half there work in the morning then the other half in the afternoon. This allows them to learn what they need to, but still have lots of time to explore.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

When Right Brain Education Meets Left.

Well I have full force started a right-brain education program for Wesley. We have always done a little right brain education here and there, but not as consistant as I should be. Now this is what we do:
– Little Reader
– Little Math (both Little Math curriculum and the 65 Day Shichida’s Math Program)

Wink To Learn Speak and Read English
Wink To Learn Speak and Read Japanese
Doman Advantage word cards
Now my son is traditionally too old for the math program, but we are noticing that these right brain programs, mixed with our fantastic new ABA tutors he is maturing so much when it comes to his speech and conversation skills. My mom almost feel out of her chair last night when Wesley ask my dad “Papa do you have a gameboy? We play two players?” My mom said it was the very first time she heard him ask a question that wasn’t asking for something he wanted to eat or do, he was asking if my dad owned something. Might seem small but this is HUGE for us.
We had our clinic meeting on Tuesday, and our team was shocked how many programs Wesley blasted through. Our consultant actually didn’t bring enough programs to replace the ones he completed.
We started him on some easy easy mazes( I found a Franklin work book full of mazes at the dollarstore), which he baseline mastered. Now I plan on going to Chapters and buying him some Kumon Maze books.
Now we do other programs that are not Right Brain as well, and they help him so much too. For example Headsprout, Singapore Math, Touch Math, Exploded the Code, ixl.com, and now we also started Click N’ Kids ClickN READ and ClickN SPELL.
Sometimes I wonder WHY so many programs. But then I realize there is a method to my maddness, this provides my son a variety, making it so he is learning using different programs and making it so he doesn’t get board with our programs. I do each a couple times I week(right brain programs are almost daily as they only take 15-20 mins of our day)
We also read 2-10 books a day. Right now I’m learning how to read to him and ask questions so he stays focus on the story. He tends to space out during story time. Now I’m not sure if he is still taking it in or not, Tweedlewink creators claim that children can learn from background sounds just as much as when they are paying attention. But I don’t know.
Last night Wesley and I started a crawling program. We chase each other crawling for 5 mins. It was a lot of fun. I know five mins doesn’t seem like much, but my goal is to work us up slowly. I’m also going to ask my father to build us a set of monkey bars in the basement. I need to get him moving on the physical part of the Doman program. I just pray I can keep motivated.
I hope this combination of programs with help develop my son’s brain to its full potiental. Sometimes he resists programs, and I know its suppose to be child lead, but once I insist he does something he usually enjoys it. And in those situations I keep our sessions short. Our window of healing his brain is closing and we must move forth.
Stay tuned for more reviews 🙂 Be sure to check out the Doman Advantage Review and Giveaway. Contest closes Nov 15th,2010

Update with out Doman Advantage Program

I’m really excited to tell you how we are still enjoying our Doman Advantage Program. We are doing the program designed for 1-5 year old. I have been doing this program on and off. But I’m telling you the last few weeks have been amazing. The bright red large cards are keeping my 5 year olds attention, he LOVES doing his big words every night.
Now we are doing the program “different” the originally designed. But I think most of us Doman parents tweek things to work with our family. I pulled out a pile of our “retired” cards and asked Wesley if he would like to look at some of the ones he already knew. He eagerly agreed and we went through them. I showed the card and paused, out of a pile of 30 I only had to jump in and give him the answer twice. The rest he blurred out on his own. Those words that he didn’t get we put back in rotation.
One thing I want parents to know when starting with the Doman program is, do what feels comfortable. Don’t feel you have to do 5 sets, of 5 words, 5 times a day each. Start off slow, get your feet wet first. When you feel comfortable take another bite. Your child will learn more by you doing two sets a cards once a day, then biting off too much at once and quiting after a week.
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Doman Advantage Review/Giveaway

Just by reading the title of my blog you can tell that I’m a “Doman Mom”. For those of you that don’t know this “tag” is used by parent who follow the programs laid out by Glenn Doman at the Institute for the Achievement of Human Potential They are most famous for their book, How To Teach Your Baby To Read (The Gentle Revolution). I first stumbled across this book when my son was almost 2 years old. But at the time, I was a single mom with a limited budget who worked full time. I did manage to do a few PowerPoint presentations and stuff like that but really, the online support back then was lacking. I remember buying poster board and red permanent markers and trying so hard to get the recommended 200 flashcards together. But really when it came down to it, this was way too much work for me to do on my own. I would leave for work with my son in tote at 6:45am and not arrive home till 6pm. By the time I made supper, gave him a bath, cleaned up, did a load of laundry, got him in bed, showered myself and sat down, I realized I was lacking the energy and the time to create these cards. Could I have done it, sure I suppose I could have, but at what cost. My job at the time was so stressful I was ready to fill the prescription for anxiety medication my doctor had prescribed to at my last visit. Then when I finally switched jobs, I was hit with another canon… Autism.
It wasn’t until a year and a half later, once I moved in with my boyfriend and we had my son’s Autism under control that I revisited this idea. By this time Wesley was 4 years old. I stumbled upon a site called Brillkids. Here was a group of wonderful mom’s and dad’s doing what I had wanted to do. I realized that even though my son was 4 it wasn’t too late. I bought index cards and an index card box and started making words.
Well recently I stumbled across a site that interested me, Doman Advantage.They had a whole kit put together to help parents start their journey to teach their child to read. So I contacted the company and they agreed to let me do a review on there product.
What Comes in the kit?
– 152 Single Words cards.
– 27 Couplet Word cards
-13 Phrase cards
-5 Sentence cards
– Revised and Updated copy of Glenn Doman’s book “How To Teach Your Baby To Read”
– The Doman Advantage, How To Teach Your Baby To Read DVD
– A hardcover copy of Janet Doman’s book “Enough, Inigo, Enough”
– A Certificate of Achievement for your child
– Math Dot flashcards 1-10
– Extra blank cards to create your own words
– Red Marker
The cards are nice and solid. Written nice clear red ink. For the 5 sentence cards, I might have liked to see more of a variety instead of eat one being I like to eat… But besides that I think had I had all these cards prepared for me, I may have gone more full force with a reading program when Wesley was younger.
I think its great that the kit comes with a copy of the book. I know a lot of people when they first start out, they go to their local library and read the book. But I found I landed up buying most of Glenn Doman’s books anyhow, because I like looking to them for reference.
The set comes with  75-minute, DVD of How To Teach Your Baby To Read. This is a great peek into the iahp classroom, where we hear from Glenn and Janet Doman. The only issue here is the DVD does not work in any DVD player I tried it in(4 to be exact) it only works in computers. When I spoke to the company, they said this issue would be corrected in their next batch of programs.
The Story “Enough, Inigo, Enough” is just beautiful to look at. I had personally heard bad things about it, however when I saw it I just fell in love with the beautiful watercolor paintings. Also the fact that the writing and the pictures are separated makes my life a lot easier when I’m trying to get my son to pay attention to the words. Basically the words in the kit are designed to build your child’s reading vocabulary up to read this book by the time they finish the cards.
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Doman Advantage has offered to give my reader the chance to win their very own kit just like I reviewed.
In order to win you must do one of the follow. You can do more if you want and give yourself an extra entry each 🙂
-Visit Doman Advantage site and tell us one thing they like about it

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Thank-you to Doman Advantage for providing me a kit to review. I was not required to write anything in my review, nor was I paid and this is only my option from my personal experience. Results may vary.
Contest is open till Nov 15th, 2010 @ 11:59pm open to the US and Canada

Wink to Learn- Speak and Read English Review

Wink to Learn- Speak and Read English
Well this time while reviewing a product I was pleasantly surprised! I actually thought I was just reviewing the Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer series. When I opened the package I was confused to see “Speak and Read English”. My first reaction was, “My son knows How speak English, why would they send this?”Well I opened it up and threw Disc 1 in. Well I was very pleased. I now understood that this product is good for both English and non-English speaking families.

“Speak & Read English 4-DVDs program is your child’s best tool in learning English.Each lesson is based on the flashcard principles of Glenn Doman. Lesson duration is short (less than 5 mins) and captivates your child’s attention using real life photos and videos. It consists a total of 48 topical lessons which systematically help your child to recognise words and to form proper phrases and sentences.”

When I put on these lessons, I usually have 3 daycare babies gather around the TV and my son sits on the couch. When the lesson is over they almost always want more. If your looking for something that is very right brain, and you can use it would both a baby and an older child, this is the right product for you! I was very excited to see that it is designed for 6months to 7 years old! So if you children between that large age group you are going to get lots of use out of this amazing product.
The Wink to Learn Speak and Read DVD Series claims to:
• Develop Positive Interest in Languages
• Recognise English words
• Speak accurate English
• Form Proper Phrases and Sentences
What I really like about this program is the fact it seems to follow Glenn Doman’s plan. Single words them couplets, then right into sentences. Only thing I noticed is the accent of the woman reading the words on the DVD. This is not an issue to me because for now it’s cute that when my son is following along with the video says watermelon with an accent. I know that because he is living in an environment of people with a Canadian accent that’s what he will have. In no way is the accent on the video so hard you can’t understand what she is saying. But it’s there and I know some families like knowing this when deciding to buy a new DVD reading program.
Would I buy this product?
In a heart beat. As a mother who got on board with right brain learning when my son was a bit older(started on and off at 2 years old, and full force at 4 years old) I loved that they sent a little booklet that had directions on how to run this program according to your child’s age. I also like that the booklet includes all the words in the lessons. I plan to use this to make books using these words to help the children learn even more. Great Job Wink to Learn! This is an amazing product.
If your interested in purchasing this product or any other Wink To Learn products, please go to the Wink to Learn website
Keep your eyes open on my upcoming review about Wink Learn Animal Series.

Gentle Revolution DVD

How To Teach Your Baby To Be Physically Superb: From Birth To Age Six; The Gentle RevolutionI just love the DVD from Gentle Revolution call How to Teach Your Baby to be Physically Superb. It explained to me a lot that I couldn’t get from the actual book. I love that they explain exactly what to do if your starting with an older child. To me it was worth every penny.
I now have a plan and I talked it over with Wesleys tutor and she is going to run one crawling/creeping session and I will run the other.
Our goal is to work our way up to 400metres creeping, 800 metres crawling, the program should be run for 6month or so and it should help sort out the connections in my son’s brain.
Only time will tell…
I just think its amazing how crawling and creeping is one of the most important steps of development that our children rush through. My son instead rolled where he wanted to go, and now looking back I should have been teaching him out to creep and crawl in a cross pattern. Luckily, I have the chance to crank back the clock and help in work through those first steps we missed. This fall I am going to call my dad and see if he can build a set of adjustable monkey bars in the basement. what they said on the DVD just opened my eyes to how it can help children in so many ways. This exercise can even help them build stronger respiratory systems and potentially help protect them from getting sick as often.
I can say this dvd changed my way of looking at a lot of things

Our school plans this week for kindergarten… Getting back on the wagon

So I planned the week out, we are going to homeschool 4 days(Wesley’s with his dad on Thursdays and Saturdays)For this week we are doing:
Monday and Wednesday
-Math U See-Exploded the Code
-Hooked on Handwriting
-Sidney Ledsons Blockgame
Headsprout
Super Star Speech
Wink To Learn Speak and Read English(two lessons each day)
Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer(3 animals a day)
Letterland(Read about one letter character a day)
-Little Reader(one lesson a day)
-Glenn Doman Style flashcards

Tuesday and Friday
-Math U See
-Exploded the Code
-Hooked on Handwriting
-Sidney Ledsons Blockgame
-Reading Eggs
Wink To Learn Speak and Read English(two lessons each day)
Wink to Learn Animal Adventurer(3 animals a day)
Letterland(Read about one letter character a day)
-Little Reader(one lesson a day)
-Glenn Doman Style flashcards

Super Star Speech: Speech Therapy Made SimpleLast week I sat down and did the speech assessment with Wesley from the Super Star Speech program. I was able to figure out some words he’s mispronouncing letters, or dropping them all together. So this is exciting for me because now I can start using Debbie’s program and iron out these little problems. The program comes with the assessment, the forms to come up with a plan, work lists and games to help the child practice their word list in a fun way. Be sure to check out Debbie’s great programs here and he blog(here) which is full of information about speech issues and suggestions for parents who have children with speech issues. Deborah Lott is a speech pathologist and homeschooling mom of four. She has a M.Ed in speech pathology and an interest in sharing information about speech development and speech therapy for children on here blog. Keep checking in here on Doman,ABA, Dayhome and Homeschooling Momma for an upcoming giveaway of one of her great products. I’m sure excited she has allowed me to try and review her product.
Also be sure to check out my Monki See Monki Do giveaway here. This giveaway closes August 10th @11:59pm Central Time. I use this program with my daycare babies and they are loving it. I have to give a shout out to Krista, the creator of this program and thank her for offering my readers this great opportunity to win, and for sending me her product to review.

The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

I have been toying with the idea of going to Philly and taking the course at the institute, “What to do about your Brain Injured Child”. I feel I could get so much information by going there, however the cost a lot for us. Just the course alone is expensive, then you add hotel and food expenses. Plus the loss of income. I wish I knew how much this would or would not benefit us so I can make an informed decision. I talked to the lady at registration, and she was very helpful. And I figure a lot of the information could be used for future children (well or not well, praying for well of course).And I mean if they could help Wesley even more, I mean wow…

Anyhow a bunch of people on the Brillkids forum are getting together and creating our own digital EK bits cards. The cost alone on real flashcards is outrageous. However if you already own the program Little Reader, and everyone chips in and creates a couple of files, the possibilities are endless. This is very exciting for us.
So I’ve also been creating some Doman style flashcards that I’m placing in plastic page protectors and putting into duotangs. I’m hoping to start adding these to Wesley’s routine, along with Sidney Ledson’s phonic method. And I mean I’m also saving myself some time, because we plan on having another child in a year or so. This way I will have all these materials ready to go. I can also use them with my daycare babies.
Speaking of daycare babies. My little guys are loving the EK bits I have put over the change table. I lay them back and while I change them I tell them, “We are going to look at our flashcards right after I’m done changing you!!” Once we are done they put out their pointer finger and we point and say the name of exact flashcard. I see their eyes following along and their mouths smiling. One little boy cries when we are done, because he is so mad we can’t do more lol.
I plan on setting up stations around the house to do more flashcards, but for now we only do when we are changing and at snacks we do Little Reader. I’m hoping to get Little Math soon, I’m just waiting for those coupons Brillkids said would be coming out before the end of the year.
MonkiSee "All About Shapes" DVD Volume 3MonkiSee "All About Colors" DVD Volume 2MonkiSee "Baby's First Words" DVD Vol 1I also just started using MonkiSee MonkiDo by Intellectual Baby. It is an amazing product for your little ones. I have a giveaway going on Krista from Intellectual Baby has generously offered to give one of my readers the Monki See Monki Do 3 DVD set. This is an amazing chance and I know the winner will just love this product. If you want to win go HERE before August 10th,2010 and sign up!