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Friday, February 1, 2013
Scooter Board Letter Find
I KNOW I can’t force him to learn something he’s not ready to
learn, and I refuse to try. I KNOW he
has to be ready to learn. I KNOW he will
show interest in his own time. But
sometimes, just sometimes, the teacher in me gets the best of me.
He doesn't know his letters.
He can’t write his name.
What’s going to happen when he
I have to
say that every time, without fail, my son teaches me that what I know in my
heart is truth. He is 4 and just started
showing interest in letters about a month ago – and now he knows them all –
wow! Now, when I say that he just
started showing interest I mean that before then, he would often walk away from
any fun activity (including a simple sensory bin) that incorporated letters in
any way. I never pushed the issue, I
just tracked his play – “you have the letter H” – and even that was enough to
turn him away (ha – that rhymed). This
idea of allowing children to do things in their own time doesn't just apply to
academics. Check out this video of him
swimming – he’s barely 4 and started swimming out of the blue one day this past
summer (at age 3). No pushing him, no
coaxing him, no lessons….just always being there to make him feel safe in the
water until HE decided he was ready to swim.
With his new found love for letters, as well as his scooter
board, I thought I would combine the two for a fun game.There are so many perks to the scooter board –
it improves strength, coordination, and reflexes.It also stimulates the vestibular system
(sensory) and improves balance and equilibrium.
the letter decals on the floor all around our kitchen/dining room areas and put
the magnetic letters on the fridge. My
son would pick a letter and then scoot on his belly to find its match. He LOVED this game!
**There are so many ways to modify this game. You can do number match, match numbers to amounts, match upper case to lower case, match letters to pictures for beginning sounds, etc etc etc. And you don’t have to use a scooter board.**