Must be Winter

It has been absolutely freezing.

Is it April yet?

We’re pretty much on a friends house – gym day care – bounce house – museum- grocery shop – rotation. Our favorite indoor playground closed so that indoor option is now… not an option. 😦 I’m so bummed! I’ve been feeling really bad about not getting my kids outside, but ohmygosh it’s cold! We’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of going outside, too. Hopefully it warms up a little in the next couple weeks so we can get some fresh air. As of now, I park far away from the entrance to places and count that as outside time. It’s seriously like 3 degrees right now so I get some points for that.

I found a new lunch favorite —

Chicken taco wrap!

In the mix :

Chicken, spinach, tomatoes, salsa & Fage greek yogurt (used as the sour cream.)

So yummy!

I’m really loving these “Flat Out” flat bread tortillas. 9 grams of protein and 100 calories. Not bad.

I had this little guy to keep me company.

He is so funny! He knows when the camera is on him!

So, Lucas wants to learn how to read.

How do you teach a child how to read? I guess you start with learning all the letters first, right? He was asking me how I read and I told him, you have to read all these letters and words. I sat down with him at the table to work on some letters and I was happy we got 10 minutes in. And only four minutes of craft time! Who doesn’t like craft time?! So I’m just not sure how to teach him letters that doesn’t involve sitting still — any ideas? Honestly most of the things he learns (besides learning through play) and most of the things that I am directly teaching him, are when we are talking about it. We do a lot of talking in the car – a. lot.- to the point where I literally have to say, “okay Lucas, lets turn on some music and have a little bit of quiet time, okay?” He asks a million questions in the car and we have some pretty good conversations and learning opportunities. I like that and it works well for him and his learning style. But letters…. isn’t Leap Frog Factory suppose to teach him that stuff?

Sort of not really joking. All my friends said that movie taught their kids the letters. I guess for now I will just keep reading books to him and trying to point out some letters as we go. I love reading books to him.

Today I’m thinking we might build a fort with blankets and move the couches around. Oh and I have to go to Target to get diapers. Perfect. Day trip to Target. Done.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “Must be Winter

  1. My daughter is about the same age as Lucas. She wants to read as well. To learn her letters, she has a puzzle with all the letters and that has worked well. To learn the sounds they make, for example, I'll ask her what a cow says, a pig says, then the letter ___ says. That works a lot better for her than asking her what sound the letter makes.

  2. A letter puzzle, home-made flash cards, sand-paper letters (ruin a pair of scissors by cutting the letters out of sand paper…then its a tactile experience too)….we watch all of the Leap Frog movies just about every couple days (from Netflix streaming). I started “homeschooling” Luke (27 months) on Jan. 1 and was surprised he already knew A says ah.

  3. My son started reading pretty early, but it was more self-motivation than anything else. Remember, kids learn to read with BOTH phonics (letter sounds) and whole-word recognition.

    Here are some things that seemed to work for us:

    Leap Frog letter magnets (the single-letter toy helped my son learn all his letters and sounds by the time he was about 16 months old)

    Alphabet books – a million of them! The library will have tons. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Dr. Seuss's ABC's and anything Sesame Street are still big favorites around here.

    Songs about letters that you can sing together (which you'll learn from Leap Frog :P)

    Point out different words that you see everywhere you go – I think the first word my son recognized in public was “Big” when we were at Target. He was like, 18 months old and we were shocked! But he would also point out almost every letter he saw as soon as he started learning them, so I suppose it wasn't a huge shock.

    A month or so before he started reading on his own, he would demand that I point out every. single. word. in every book we read. It got tedious, but of all the things for a toddler to throw a temper tantrum about, that was an easy one to cave for! He started recognizing the words on his own and combining memorization with actual recognition.

    He's 2.5 (exactly) now and is reading pretty much anything (Great Men of the New Testament is one of his favorite books, and I found out that apparently he can read the words “evangelist” and “physician”).

    This is NOT normal – I think 5 or so is the average age for starting reading, but if Lucas is hungry for it, these should be ideas that will help!

  4. We started accidentally. With, that's a letter O like a cheerio. And went from there. When your kid sits to potty and you read and read and read to them, they eventually learn them all. Also, we had flashcards and set out like 6 at a time (starting with 0 in there, as a gimme!) T is another easy one to spot, it doesn't look like any others. Once you get the letters down, start sounding them out. B says buh so this word is ball, it starts with B, and so on.

    try 'super why' as well, it is REALLy good about spelling and sounding things out. I'm sure they are probably online or netflix, but we cant' do that, so forgive me if tehy're not!

  5. YouTube has some fun videos. If you search for the letter __ song it is in the top results. They show the letter, pictures of words that begin with that letter, say the sound, and have a fun song to dance to 🙂

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