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Am i using the wrong method?

Postby puff » Wed Jul 15, 2009 4:31 pm

Hi
I am new in this forum. My daughter is 3 this year and i start teaching her words by using flash card and reading since 2. She have no problem reading simple story by herself. Recently i try to teach her spelling but i realise she not knowing phonics is a real problem in forming up the word.
I did teach her basic letter sound when she was 2.5 year but we did not use the phonic sound very often when we do our reading together( as mummy also not very good with phonic).
I am worry that i am using the wrong method when teaching reading. Now I try to emphasize more on alphabets sound but my DD dun really want to learn.

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Postby tamarind » Wed Jul 15, 2009 6:07 pm

puff,
There is no absolute right or wrong method. Every child is different, so parents must find the method that suits the child best. Some children learn very well through sight words.

But knowing basic phonics like how to join 3 letters to make a word is very helpful when it comes to spelling.

You can try to the Leapfrog DVDs. Just let your daughter watch everyday. It will sink in eventually.

Or try www.starfall.com, an excellent and free website for learning phonics.

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Postby puff » Wed Jul 15, 2009 9:57 pm

Hi tamarind
Thanks for the useful info. will definitely try it out with my DD hope she likes it. If it still won't work 4 my DD i guess i'll have to ask my DH to teach since mummy is too hopeless with phonics :lol:

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Re: Am i using the wrong method?

Postby foreverj » Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:25 pm

puff wrote:Hi
I am new in this forum. My daughter is 3 this year and i start teaching her words by using flash card and reading since 2. She have no problem reading simple story by herself. Recently i try to teach her spelling but i realise she not knowing phonics is a real problem in forming up the word.
I did teach her basic letter sound when she was 2.5 year but we did not use the phonic sound very often when we do our reading together( as mummy also not very good with phonic).
I am worry that i am using the wrong method when teaching reading. Now I try to emphasize more on alphabets sound but my DD dun really want to learn.


hi puff, dun worry, your dd is only 3 right? same as mine. i dun worry too much abt her not knowing spelling yet. just try to use those magnetic alphabets to go thru with her how to spell words occasionally or if u very on, do one word a day lor. it will take a while before sinking in. can buy scrabble junior for her to play too. intro concept of spelling by reading the words phonetically (breaking down into the phonic sounds) she'll get it eventually :) u r doing great already...

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Postby Emelyn » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:26 pm

Oh.... my DD is 5yo and she also cannot spell.... Should I panic then ??

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Postby concern2 » Thu Jul 16, 2009 5:59 pm

Emelyn wrote:Oh.... my DD is 5yo and she also cannot spell.... Should I panic then ??


Hi Enelyn,

No need to panic - it's never to late to start doing something about it. You can try identifying his learning style. One simple way is to identify if he learns faster by sight, by hearing or by doing.

If he learns faster by seeing, then you need to show him the words. Flash cards would be good. If he learns faster by hearing, you must make it a point to repeat the words or spell the words out (can be combined with flash cards or from reading). If he has to touch and feel or must have hands-on, try playing games with him - can try boggles or other word games. Can try all methods if you are not sure. Your child will definitely gain from your efforts!

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Re: Am i using the wrong method?

Postby buds » Thu Jul 16, 2009 7:11 pm

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puff wrote:Hi I am new in this forum.


Hi. If you're new, i'm senior citizen here liao. :lol: Just kidding.
Okay newbie, when you read this please report to newbies first,
okie. Need to get the proper introductions in order 1st lah..

puff wrote:My daughter is 3 this year and i start teaching her words by using flash card and reading since 2.


Let me get this right... You taught her words first before introducing
her to the alphabets?

Next question is... You mentioned using flashcards... Method used is?
Ala Shichida's 1 second per card flashing.... or .... showing her word
for word with attached pictures and explaining what they are & what
they mean?

puff wrote:She have no problem reading simple story by herself. Recently i try to teach her spelling but i realise she not knowing phonics is a real problem in forming up the word.


Just to first note that the above should read... 'She has'.... instead of 'She have'...
Now... when you say she reads the story on her
own.... How does she do it? By memory - sight reading?

puff wrote:I did teach her basic letter sound when she was 2.5 year but we did not use the phonic sound very often when we do our reading together( as mummy also not very good with phonic).


It's okay if one is not good with Phonetic sounds... One can always go
audio! :wink: Just like how Glenn Doman lessons use audio to teach so
many languages, there are Phonics audio CDs in the market, dear puff...
However, if your child has not mastered the alphabets at 2.5years, it will
be more challenging for you to make her understand the relationship of
the sounds you introduce with the letter it represents.

puff wrote:I am worry that i am using the wrong method when teaching reading. Now I try to emphasize more on alphabets sound but my DD dun really want to learn.


When your DD was having difficulty in working with the sounds at first,
and plus also due to the inconsistency of not practising them regularly,
she may have already been put off by the concept. Re-introducing the
concept of letter sounds again may not sound very interesting to her
already.

For kiddies this young, i would encourage you to work hands-on... Their
senses are extremely sensitive at this age... and this is the best way
young children can learn. To work with their hands. Play with her letter
games, play mystery bag games and matching games, (etc)....... you
direct the fun games with her to introduce these learning concepts and
in return when she is having all that fun, SHE will DIRECT you for that
learn-thru-play activities.

For example : Mystery Bag Game

1.Get a plain coloured mystery bag. Preferably black or dark blue/red.
Mystery mah.... Why not bags with polka dots or stripes, you may ask?
Answer is.... so as not to distract the child's concentration from the task
at hand. Mystery bag should ideally be a large cotton drawstring bag, so
items of multiple sizes would be able to fit nicely without giving hints of
content (in the bag)?

2.If you are teaching letter a, put in apple, apricot, aeroplane into it.

3.As child dips hand into the bag, ask child to guess what the item is
by the feel of the item shape.

4.When child removes item from the bag.... say the word of the item.
If its aeroplane.... linger on the aaaaaaa... sound and say, aaaaaaeroplane...

5.Show child the card of letter a and say - a for aaaaaeroplane.

6.Repeat steps for the other items - ie. a for aaaaapple.... a is for aaaapricot.

7.End the simple game by re-emphasizing that - aaapple, aaapricot and
aaaaeroplane begins with letter a.

8.Play the game again with the same items and the same letter until the
child can manage the words introduced and gets the concept of the game.
You may include more items into the bag if your child likes the game and
enjoys the guessing game.

9.Don't be too quick to skip to following letters. Repetition is encouraged.

10.Work with say... one whole week dedicated for letter a items and so
3 weeks to associate letters a, b and c with items beginning with
corresponding letters. Vary the items in the bag for the week you're doing
that same letter.

11.4th week - Try to place all or some items done during the past 3 weeks
into the mystery bag. Now is truly the mystery moment... Ask child to
place the item picked out and place it under the letter card that starts
with its beginning letter. For example if child picks out aaaaeroplane...
Guide the child, "Where should we place the aaaaeroplane? Hmmm... Now
which letter does aaaaeroplane begin with?"

12.Continue until all the items in the bag have been placed under the
corresponding letter cards. If child does wrongly, it's ok. Just play the
game again.. :wink:

13.At any time if the child seems to lose concentration or is tired, just
stop the game and continue another time. Pushing ahead may not
conceive positive results. Patience and practice makes it perfect.

Hope this helps for a start, puff.

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Postby foreverj » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:00 pm

whoa! the guru has spoken! :lol:

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Where got?

Postby buds » Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:37 pm

Whoah... where got? :lol:
Sharing oni larr... Just
hope it helps.

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Am I using the wrong method

Postby concern2 » Fri Jul 17, 2009 5:38 pm

Buds:

:salute: :salute: !!

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