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Officially a Monster

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 9 years ago

User Journal 7

On 4/28, I was 'officially' married for 3 years. On 5/5, my wife was 'officially' 26. And today, 5/10, Joey is 'officially' in his terrible twos. I say 'officially' because he has already acted like he was two since like 4 months ago.On 4/28, I was 'officially' married for 3 years. On 5/5, my wife was 'officially' 26. And today, 5/10, Joey is 'officially' in his terrible twos. I say 'officially' because he has already acted like he was two since like 4 months ago.

We spent this weekend at my parents house to celebrate Joey's birthday (yes, the trip was a bear for me, see previous JE for details on why). He made out with lots of loot, of course. My parents got him a climbing set. They wanted to get him a giant swingset, but we'll wait for next year, and get a strong wood set that my father & I can build. My brother & sister-in-law got him a toy grill since he always wants to 'play' with daddy's grill while daddy is cooking.

We got him a lot of little things. "The Letter Factory" (as per StB) so that he'll be reading hemmingway next year, a 'wiggles' shirt that he say and fell in love with at the store, and a sturdy radio-flyer tricycle (we were going to get him a big-wheel, but his feet didn't reach the petals). We gave him the tric this morning when he woke up (I put it together last night). Never heard him say "Wow, look at that!" before, but I'll take it as a good response ;-)

I have pictures of everything. He had a 'wiggles' ice cream cake, and we'll be going to chuck-e-cheese tonight for his birthday. When everything is done, I'll d/l all the pictures to the server and share'm out with all yens.

7 comments

Leapfrog Letters (1)

dmorin (25609) | more than 9 years ago | (#9109451)

I'll have to check out that video. Know what we have from LeapFrog that I always thought was a great toy is a set of magnetic letters for the refrigerator and a special player that when you stick a letter onto it, it tells you what the letter is and sings a song about it. Annoying as heck for parents, but my daughter digs it.

Now if I could just get my daughter to systematically play with it we'd be all set :). She can do the alphabet song pretty well, but if I point at random letters she will, in turn, shout random letter names back to me.

Let me know (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#9109662)

How Joey likes the video. And you too. :)

Re:Let me know (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#9109833)

We already have a toy that plays the same songs, so its a bit of a rehash, but he watches the video intently.

What made my wife practically crap herself was when he opened it he said "Letter Factory!" with a smile.
No, he didn't read it... the place we drop him off for the two days when my wife works has the video and he's seen it a couple times already. So its going good so far :-)

Re:Let me know (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 9 years ago | (#9112067)

It came for Kiddo this weekend. :-) (Didn't know I was listening, didjya?!)

OK, so first off, I'm *really* picky when it comes to video material for my kid. And I *know* I pick stuff that's mostly over her head... for know.

So, that said, I think that the cartoon bit is pretty cheesy -- the plot really sucks, and the animation is straight out of one of those Korean sweatshop animation studios that would turn me off immediately when I was a kid (and that Kiddo watches *none* of). And I'm a *little* concerned that it may be too simplistic for Kiddo, who has known her letters (both upper & lowercase) for about a year now.

BUT I do think that she gets something out of this video, particularly the vowel sounds. The way they present the sounds themselves is just perfect -- exactly the way the best reading programs recommend teaching your kids letter sounds.

I also can't complain about the format. They start off recommending watching it 4 letters at a time (as if there's any kid in the world/America who's gonna let you turn off the TV after 4 letters & some review! What fucking planet are THEY on?!), and eventually building up to the whole video.

So we'll keep it and use it, at least for a few more weeks, or until I see definitively that Kiddo has truly passed this one up, as well. It's getting to be a real problem, actually. Here she is, not quite officially 3 and a half, and she's already outgrown *everything* that the local preschools (even the very best one!) have to offer her academically. The little booger is *really* ready to start reading -- and I mean READing -- and the only thing holding her back is me & my not teaching her. And even so, she's still picking up words and how to spell them and recognizing them out of context...

Honestly, I knew that I was going to have a bright, "gifted," if you will, kid, and I knew it was going to be a major issue to keep her challenged academically -- but I didn't expect to run into it THIS soon. WTF?!?!?

Maybe I should write a JE about it -- I've got a lot to say on the subject. Maybe I will, if I get the chance.

Anyway, thanks for the recommend, Sam. I'm always willing to try new things out. And if/when I decide not to use it anymore, I'll re-sell it and get my money out of it again. Really, my only valid issue with it is that it may already be too basic for her.

....Bethanie....

Re:Let me know (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 9 years ago | (#9115488)

Flash Cards. Flash Cards. Flash Cards. Danny [mac.com] is scary wicked smart and he's gone through Leap Frogs/Pads like there's a pot of gold at the end. He's on 3rd grade stuff and he turned 5 last Sunday. Flash Cards were the key. Phonics cards, small word cards, large word cards, cards with pictures you need to put together, constant, vowel, German, Spanish, American Sign Language cards. Flash, flash, flash cards.

Re:Let me know (1)

bethanie (675210) | more than 9 years ago | (#9115916)

Yeah -- that's how she learned her alphabet -- in like two months or less. Just playing around with me & Hubby with flash cards. And believe me, I have a *ton*.

We've pretty much gone through the entire "What your Kindergartner Needs to Know" and I just got my copy of "What Your First Grader Needs to Know" from Amazon yesterday. (I'm pretty hot on the idea of the "Core Knowledge" type of curriculum, plus a bunch of math & skills stuff.) So I know what you mean about that advanced stuff... I'm trying not to push her, just accommodate her and meet her where she is ready to be. I just didn't expect it to be this far so soon!

....Bethanie....

Re:Let me know (1)

SamTheButcher (574069) | more than 9 years ago | (#9117847)

I recommended it basically because we've seen our 3 year old who wasn't really taking to the alphabet - she knew it, but that was about it - learn and now start reading by sounding out the letters as they do in this video. She was doing it again last night, and it's pretty incredible.

Obviously, people learn differently, and perhaps this just connected with her in a way that suited her brain.

Glad you tried it - you seem to be pretty involved, so it's not surprising that Kiddo is ahead of it. My youngest kind of sees reading as a game now, just doing the sounds to get through the word "Lucky - 'L' - lll - 'U' uh, uh - 'C' - kuh, kuh...."

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