Archive for November, 2008

Does your child write sdrawkcab?

Have you ever looked down to see that your child has written his/her name perfectly…just backwards?

“Children just learning to write will write upside down, backward, all over the page.  They fall in love with letters.  Young children don’t yet recognize that print is a static form.”  says Susan B Neuman, professor of educational studies at the University of Michigan.

Writing is one of the first introductions to the two dimensional world for pre-schoolers.

“In a three dimensional world, a chair is always a chair.  So, to a child a C is always a C, no matter its direction.  It’s not random, it’s not a mistake. Its configuration is just different.”  According to Judity A Schickedanz, professor of early literacy at Boston University.

The entire article was found in the December issue of Wondertime Magazine.


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Go ahead, paint your toast and eat it too!

I posted this last year, but for our Our Timer’s it will fit with our toast theme perfectly!

Here’s a fun idea for breakfast or lunchtime. I would love to say I came up with it myself, but I stole it from the once-a-month-chance-I-have-to-watch-Rachael Ray.

Before toasting your bread, or before making your grilled cheese; take a tablespoon, or so, of milk and add your favorite food coloring. Use a paint brush to paint a design on the bread. Then toast it and seal in the design!

And of course while you wait, those of you that know it can sing the “Toast, Toast” song from class. This is requested in our house each time we have toast.

Reece has painted his toast several times and it turns out great!

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