There’s nothing I like more about reading blogs than to find ways to help my children. I was particularly keen to focus on helping my Sensory Seeker learn the difference between he and she. He knows that boys and girls are different but calls them both “he.” Based on the work by Felicity Durham the activity we did was simple and great for the visual learner. It simply consisted on the child having a piece of paper divided into two. On one side there was a picture of a boy and the word he and a big empty box underneath, and the other side the same but with a girl and the word she. The same images were then repeated on another piece of paper but smaller (so that there were a total of 16 small image, 8 boys and 8 girls).
First we discussed the pictures by me asking which was a boy and which was a girl. I started with this because I knew he would know the answer. This helped him feel more confident which means it is easier to engage and hold his attention. Next I saw whether he recognised the words “he” and “she,” by sight. He didn’t and sounding them out was difficult as they are not phonetically sounding and so he was reading the ee as eh. I helped him understand and waited until I could hear that he knew and could say them both. Next I took my pile of small images and showed him that they were the same as the large ones. I mixed up the pile and got him to guess which card I would turn over, explaining that he needed to give me the answer “he” or “she.” He got really excited when he got it right and said that it was a point! Even when he did not correctly guess he was beginning to really say “she” (as he had previously only said he). I was firm in that I would not allow him to just point or refer to them as boy and girl. As there were only 16 images it was over quickly and so just right for his attention span.
Educational Ideas Round-up from the Kids Co-op
So I really focused on the Educational posts that linked up last week:
My Nearest and Dearest: Rainy Day Math Game
Learning Online Blog – Resources for Teaching Children to Read Music
Homeschool with Love – A List of Oxymorons for your Homeschool
Suzie’s Home Education Ideas – 10+ ideas for learning about the letter D
Buggy and Buddy – Math Game for Kids: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Growing Book by Book – Learning the alphabet ABC Wood Slices
Life with Moore Babies – Poppin’s Book Nook – Racecar Alphabet
Pre K Pages – Jack and the Beanstalk Roll, Say and Write
3 Dinosaurs – Free Life Cycle of a Plant Pack
Every Star is different – Rocks and Minerals Unit
School time Snippets – Letter X
Wild Flower Rambling – Lego Cards Lowercase.