Thursday, April 28, 2011

Homeschooling: I like to play with letters

Have you heard of Bananagrams? I picked up this game at Walgreens. Little Scrabble-style letters come in a banana-like pouch. These little letters are a great addition to our homeschool.




This morning, Keagan grouped together the letters he knew the sounds to (S, M, and A)


And Nolyn worked on putting together words. I noticed that he often puts words and short sentences together backwards- for example, today he wrote "eht taob llef" (the boat fell). I know some would likely say he's dyslexic, but I think kids have such a unique perspective. I mean, he's just now grasping the concept that letters have to be put into a specific order to form a word.(For example, to spell out pants he would write "npats".) I think this was because he was writing down the sounds that stand out the most to him, no matter the order.  It's just like when kids learning their numbers- order is a concept that takes time. (Keagan likes to count, "One, two, free, fo', five, six, seben, ten, ahunnerd!!")


Merikalyn loves Bananagrams and has fun making sentences, grocery lists, and people's names.




2 comments:

Waterdreamer said...

Cute!
I've been looking at getting these.

Melissa said...

Ooh, these look like so much fun! We may need to add to our stash, as well!

I like Keagan's way of counting...that's absolutely adorable!

And the picture of Merika with her mouth in an 'o'...way awesome picture!