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  1. I am super impressed with women who take parenting and educating their children seriously, like a lot of them who hang out on this board. Achieving a lot of anything before having kids only makes you a better parent or educator of your own children. Jackie O said something like, “What difference do your accomplishments in life make if you mess up raising your kids.” I wasn’t particularly impressed with her (that was my own ignorance) until I heard she said that. “Jobs that are traditionally done by women are universally underpaid and under appreciated.” That was a quote from my
  2. Oh yes. I’m sure. I am not going to attempt to slow him down since his comprehension was ahead of grade level, just lagging decoding. I got these vocabulary books and the kids really like them. They are fun and colorful. https://smile.amazon.com/Storytellers-Illustrated-Dictionary-Definitions-Students/dp/1999610784/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=mrs+wordsmith&qid=1617444923&sprefix=mrs+word&sr=8-5 https://smile.amazon.com/Storytellers-Illustrated-Dictionary-Definitions-Students/dp/1999610784/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=mrs+wordsmith&qid=161744492
  3. Thats a good idea to explicitly teach someone to infer from context. I don’t think I would have thought of that if someone hadn’t explicitly told me to. Haha. By the way, his teacher told me it was his age that accounted for the spread between comprehension and decoding, which is basically saying it is his age/content knowledge. I just think hearing it is vocabulary seemed more actionable. I can’t change his age/experience, but I can explicitly teach vocabulary. Also he is only 19 months younger than his older brother who knew 100% of the words he knew none of. They have had a simila
  4. I have put some effort into the audio book/or me reading to them thing. I ran out of effort for it. I know why they don’t like it. The same reason I don’t like it. I/we read very fast and it’s is painfully slow to listen to someone read. My fastest reader, the child this post is about, is my most vocal protestor. I think he influences the others in joining him in protest. They all overhear me reading to my daughter, who does like me to read to her and gets it daily. For now, I am just going with that. The youngest two, twin 5 year olds, do like dramatized audio. They have a Leapstory
  5. I don't think I see the distinction between background knowledge and vocabulary. You either know the word's meaning or you don't. Why you don't know it seems to not matter to me. It is probably one of those between the lines things I don't get. Haha. Why Knowledge Matters is on my list to read. I really think I need to. I totally agree with the premise. Thank you for the reminder. I love the What Your X Grader Needs to Know books and I go through them with my kids. I really like them and I have all the applicable grades. I think Hunter said the older ones were better, so I got those
  6. The first point is interesting to me because this child is quiet. He doesn't say a lot. His older brother, with the mad comprehension skills, talks a lot. Oder brother's ability to narrate is awesome too. I never would have thought about the relationship if you hadn't brought it up. None of the words he didn't know were something I thought a first grader would know. Is it just me, or are British resources just better? Maybe I just love Usborne. I don't hear anyone here go on and on about them the way I would like to. I guess it is just Usborne and alphablocks and numberblocks t
  7. It is funny you were the first one who responded because I was thinking about you when I wrote it, mainly because I figured this out through discussing books we read together. I DID know that people who struggle to decode could have comprehension issues, but I am glad you brought that up again because I needed to be reminded of it. Not because of this kid. He has been fluent and reads with inflection since he first could read. All my kids read with proper inflection and pause at the right places and emphasize the right things very early. This astonished me with all of them too. Especi
  8. Montessori schools often start with cursive first. Our children’s school did. I really like that idea.
  9. I am not trying to tell you that, I am trying to tell you that I didn’t know that. I subsequently figured out my first grader’s lag in reading comprehension compared to his very high decoding was because of a lack of vocabulary. I recently read in the Memoria Press’s 1st or second grade scope and sequence, “Vocabulary is the key to reading comprehension.” After that I thought, “I wish I had read that before I had to figure it out on my own.” It took a pandemic forcing me to homeschool my son to do it. He doesn’t glean meaning from context. It explains why he prefers chapter books wit
  10. Those sound awesome. Thank you for retrieving them from poofland.
  11. I had a boatload of fun teaching even my babies anything. I persisted in anything that they seemed to like and didn’t keep on doing anything they didn’t like. I didn’t teach my twins to count though, my nanny taught them. As soon as they started going up or down stairs, she counted out loud as they went. I didn’t even know she did it until my sister said, “The twins can count up to 20.” They were 18 months old. My MIL taught them how to show their age with fingers and how to hold up how many fingers up to five. They were three or older and I was thinking, “I never thought to teach t
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