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  1. I would not worry about him not paying attention to some random story he isn't interested in. To have him practice narrating you can first start by asking him about things during his day and having him re-tell something that he actually experienced. From there get him to summarize and/or discuss with you stuff that he is interested in. Since he seems to like the iPad make it a point to have him tell you what happened during a game he played on there, or a video he watched. (two birds with one stone - turn the iPad into work and it is now something he actively engages in as opposed to somethin
  2. Well it has yet to help me any being able to speak English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Albeit I'm essentially illiterate in Chinese. If you would really like to know about the nitty-gritty of the Russian language and how to explain it you may look for a Russian grammar book (like from Russia). You could look for the grade level where you don't know the rules, usually the nitty gritty of a language would be taught between 6-11 years of age. You don't have to teach from the book in terms of their scope and sequence. You could just teach yourself the nitty gritty. I find the books for kids use
  3. Good to know. My son is back to being interested in rhyming and meter - he is thinking about why certain books have that poetic flow. I struggle teaching my son things that are not well defined because he is so analytical. So I struggle teaching him a lot of the English stuff.
  4. As a non-expert in the field of education, rhyming seems like a really hard skill to me. I had a hard time explaining it to my son. Sure table rhymes with fable, but does action rhyme with application... So, I gave up teaching rhyming. My 4 year old can blend and spell phonetic words, so I'm not worried.
  5. Not interested in anything at all or not interested in "normal" preschool work (crafts, endless coloring, singing and dancing)? If it's just not interested in "normal" preschool work then, figure out what skill that work is suppose to teach them and find another way to teach those skills to them. For example, coloring mostly exists to work towards one day being able to write. There are other activities to build up writing muscles such as screwing/unscrewing lids/nails, using fingers/tweezers/tongs/chopsticks to move objects.
  6. To me the best that I can gather is: A phonogram is a group of letter (could be just a single letter) that denotes a single sound. Although some circles specifically refer to multi-letter groups as phonogram and single letters as just letters. A diagraph is a phonogram consisting of 2 letters. A trigraph is a phonogram consisting of 3 letters.
  7. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry! They aren't doing it all by themselves. I'm doing it with them and supervising the whole time (they can't actually reach all the kitchen cabinets so they can't do the whole thing by themselves anyways. HaHa I did kind of sound ridiculous thanks for calling me out. I also have an anti-fatigue mat near the dishwasher and they know for glasses and ceramic plates (because they are on the high cabinets) to hand them to me. Also note that my kitchen does not resemble a KonMari kitchen so putting things away isn't as hard. They can just stick it in the right drawer
  8. My eldest is now 4 and I wish I started him earlier with chores (not for cleanliness but for skill). I started his sister as soon as she could carry things and walk. I did it mostly to form good habits, but now that she is almost 3 there is much more benefit to those little chores. It actually focus and doing something to completion, because it's easy for her to see the task is complete. My kids do the laundry (put it in the machines, and putting their things away in the correct drawers), emptying the dishwasher and putting away their things.
  9. I did look into it. (I was a whole word, 3 cue reading graduate so had to do my research to teach my kids) I decided not to start with structured word inquiry with my beginning reader, because it seemed like you would have to go through a lot of learning before you could read anything by yourself. I figured I would revisit this method when I was ready to teach spelling.
  10. Lower School Structured Word Inquiry | The Nueva School This is a video of some teachers teaching this to younger students. Towards the end of the video is a teacher doing a lesson with preschool or kindergarteners which I thought was super interesting since I always thought of this method as something to do after they have a solid grasp of how to read.
  11. Oh yes, even older brother's bookwork is optional. I think they learn much more through self-directed play and hands-on/practical activities than either of my kids do doing bookwork. I use the Rod and Staff book loosely to know what I should cover sequentially, because I have very little teaching experience and have a tendency to cover things beyond what my kids could comprehend.
  12. My 4 year old is starting to do Rod and Staff math level 1. Which is a very bland "black and white" workbook as writing/book work. My 2.5 year old is jealous. She wants a bland "black and white" workbook just like her big brother. I have a Singapore PreK-A Dimensions workbook and she was unhappy because it was too "fun" (I think she meant colorful?) and not "workbook" enough for her.
  13. @Rosie_0801Thank you! It's interesting what you say about doing words instead of entire stories. I found a curriculum that is just a bunch of matching/categorizing of words and sentences and he is much happier about that then ones requiring him to read a cute story on a page. It's also nice to hear that it's normal. @wendyrooI like the 3 bins idea and letting him choose the level of work he wants to do today. We do that for math so, I don't know why it didn't dawn on me to do something similar for reading.
  14. I'm not even sure if this is considered accelerated. I posted here because it definitely seems like my son is asynchronous in his abilities, I'm hoping parents here may have a better grasp of what is going on and how I should handle it. I am teaching my son to read. (I was only trying to teach him his letters, but somehow that led to him being able to read.) My issue is he is very quick to pick up on the rules governing how to sound out words. For example I casually told him about silent e making vowels say their "long" sound and the next day every time he sees a word with a silent e poin
  15. I am not sure if any of the math manipulatives you have are similar, but I may suggest using Montessori golden beads to demonstrate place value. It may help because the golden beads for place value is literally a string of 10 beads for the "ten rod", 10 ten rods connected together to make "100 square" and 10 hundred squares stacked up to make 1000 cube. So literally each place value has that number of beads in it. My son is also starting to learn the numbers past 10. It helped him a lot when I actually built a ten rod with him using the unit beads, then slowly built a second one (while co
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