It started with the word FART.
Oh my! FART! One of those “potty words”. Well, if it’s the beginning of my son’s journey into reading, then so be it.
(If I’m being honest, I’m perfectly okay with the use of “potty words” in our home. Maybe that is why we don’t hear them that often?? When we give those “potty words” power, they become all the more alluring. So we say them, he says them, we laugh, we move on. It’s a non-issue really. This, however, is another topic altogether.)
What was I talking about again?? Oh yes, our journey into reading.
Here at Play at Home Mom, LLC we are firm believers in the fact that all children learn in their own time. Allowing children to learn IN THEIR OWN TIME is not only empowering, but it’s really the only way. Sure, we could sit down and drill our children and “force” them to learn things before they are ready, but it would take longer for them to retain the information, it wouldn’t be fun, and it could very well destroy their love of learning.
A few months ago, RL posted a picture of her daughter playing with an old typewriter she found at her parent’s house.
My son talked about that typewriter at RLs house for weeks after his first encounter with it. Thanks to eBay, we were able to find one for $10.00! You can’t beat that!!
There is no agenda behind the typewriter, it simply sits on the table in our PLAYROOM where it is visited at will. On this day, however, the word ‘fart’ turned into a fun (and educational – shhhhhh, don’t tell him that) game of phonics, reading, and spelling. Prior to this day he simply liked to tap the keys (And still does….I mean, who can resist the tap-tap-tap of those typewriter keys?) and type his name.
Mommy, how do you spell fart?
So we sounded it out together and it lead to more words, more phonics, and more spelling. There is no right or wrong way to play our typewriter game. He asked me to write the words as we sounded them out, put them on the typewriter, and then he would type them.
Child-led learning through play is the most meaningful way for children to learn.
THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION, RL!!!
Interested in adding an old school typewriter to your play space? I recommend Craigslist or eBay.
~ AK (MESE, MECD)