Sunday, 22 March 2009

Inside A Cocoon

Micah's reading is coming along now.
It's like something happening inside a cocoon.

This child is slowly learning to be patient for results. Because he is always on the go, he has always wanted everything fast. Before Max could play with him, Micah rather run after a ball, run in the park, catch bugs etc. Max was the one who started him on fixing a jig-saw puzzle and arranging cars (usually not less than 6) in a row, getting them ready to start a race.

When it came to reading, Micah would always ask us to read because it was faster and I'm sure because it was effortless on his part. But of late he's been able to recognise and spell words by sound. He'd still just pick certain words that interest him, or read off things that appealed to him, i.e. cereal boxes, and inscriptions on his toys. So it's coming along pretty well. In fact he has surprised me quite a few times by pointing things out to me, saying,
"Look, mum, this says 'road'."

Well done, my boy.
Keep it up!

Max is also learning to read. Well, to read the letters, but he occasionally needs help because he can't remember. Last week he needed help recognising the letter "Y". Today it was the letter "U".

The funny thing that happened yesterday was, I pointed at a lower case "L" and asked him, what letter is this. He answered, "One." Micah and I laughed, and Mommy said, "Max, you're so funny. It's the letter "L", darling. A letter. Not number."
And Max said, "Oh, right..."
I love his good spirits.

9 comments:

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Mommy, you got wonderful kids there.
And its fun watching them learn, their curiousity in life of everything.

Was recently watching a TV documentary how a mother tiger teaches her young to hunt food, as well mother birds encouranging her chicks to learn to fly.

And Mommy, one good mother is worth a hundred teachers.

You have fun and keep well, Lee.

Ann said...

I think it's great your approach to teaching the kids - less stress on yourelf and on them!

An encouraging word is worth a million and last a long time in building them up!

Angeline said...

My boy is 5 and he still gets a little mix up with the letters too....
Whenever we are out, he will look out for words and start reading them... there was this incident, he saw the word
EXIT
and he asked, Mommy exit is spelled as E.X.L.T ah?
*faint*
he thought the 'I' was small letter 'L'....
You know, those PRINTED 'I' do not have the line on the top and the bottom, so its rather confusing for him.... *laugh* can understand...

Moomykin said...

Uncle Lee,

Thanks.
:)

Many of life's lessons are not easy to teach... and many a heartache is sometimes part of the learning proccess, both for the mum and the kids.

Moomykin said...

Ann,

My boys actually like the "homework" Mommy prepares for them, but they are not so keen on writing.

They like us to read to them, but for them to read themselves is a little slow. I actually stop at certain words and try to get Micah to read, or at least guess the word. So that's coming along. Max is still not there yet. He's just reading the letters of the alphabet.

Moomykin said...

Angeline,

Personally I think I was only reading proper on my own like about 8, and I always have problems with spelling too. (I remember your certain post. *wink*)

Every child develops at different pace, so I'm not so pressured... maybe because they are not in school proper yet. Until then.... *fingers crossed*

little prince's mummy said...

Well Done!~

InfanT said...

I remember an occasion happened in Sunday school with Micah. I wanted to pass him a piece of paper. He told me 'No, I don't need. I don't know how to read.' He was so frank and this is the first time i came across kid who is not greedy and he saves the tree as well. he is so adorable.

Moomykin said...

Little prince's mummy,

Thanks.
He is actually very fast, quick to pick things up, but what holds him back is a fear of failing and if things need more perseverance.


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Infant,

Yeah. Micah is usually very honest and straight forward.
That makes it easier to help him.
That's one of his best points.