## Wednesday, March 9, 2011

### Such a Boy...

We are still here and still working on reading for 10-20 minutes every afternoon.

Kal-El is SUCH a boy. At the end of our session today he put this whopper together:

He also learned about exclamation points today. He says they are by far HIS FAVORITE TYPE OF PUNCTUATION!!!!!!! He is torturing Me Too right now by saying everything to him in a VERY EXCITED VOICE and then informing Me Too that his sentence had "an exclamation point."

FYI: The quilt batting in our movable alphabet box is there to keep the letters from sliding around until they are unrecognizable. It isn't perfect it's economical.

Home of:

1. Hee hee. Gotta love those boys.

2. Fun!

What is the reasoning behind switching to a black moveable alphabet?

3. Anon,

While we mostly follow a Dwyer approach rather than the Pink, Blue, Green scheme we had to combine them somewhat because Kal-El wasn't using the Dwyer approach from the beginning.

It is my understanding that usually in the PBG approach the red and blue large alphabet is used during the "pink" period. During the "blue"/"green" period two different large alphabets, each in a contrasting color, are used. We chose black and red. Some use yellow and green or other combinations of those four colors. During this time the child can than use one color to write the single-letter sounds and write the double-letter sounds such as "sh" in the other color (this can be seen on some of my previous "school day" posts). Later, yet ANOTHER moveable alphabet is presented: a small movable alphabet all in one color for writing sentences.

In the PBG scheme the child writes sentences much later than in the Dwyer approach. If doing Dwyer from the beginning either the red/blue or a single-color alphabet would be fine from the beginning.

Also, most homeschoolers find it overkill to purchase four movable alphabets and would choose two medium-sized alphabets in contrasting colors for the whole sequence.

Kal-El had a black and red alphabet available at this time, but didn't need one to write that particular sentence (although he SHOULD have for the end of "batmobile" technically. He doesn't know about silent "e" but he should have known how to make the long "E" sound another way rather than using "i". However, I think he was remembering seeing the word in some of his books.)

4. Thank you for the detailed reply. We are using the Dwyer approach but depending on my son's progress we may use some of lessons from the PBG to provide extra help. Do you think it would be too visually distracting to add a solid color movement alphabet to a red/blue to use for blends? I like the idea of highlighting the double-letter sounds. Hello Wood has a neat set of clear silent e's. http://www.hellowood.com/newprodlanguage.htm

5. Anon,

Yes, I think it would be too distracting.

The clear "e's" are super neat!

6. The more I thought about it I came to the same conclusion. I plan on adding them to our next materials order.

Thank you! I have learned a lot from your blog.

7. MBT,

LOVE this post; however, when I first read it, I read, "Batman and Robin went to the bathroom." HA! What I get for looking quickly at the picture.

Aikman is ALL about exclamation points right now too, and gets SO excited when we see them when we read. hmmm.... maybe it's time I add in some grammar work.

8. Brilliant. This is my favorite: "It isn't perfect it's economical." :)