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27 May 2012


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I just tried typing Barney ocean in the youtube type box and it came up with Barney ocean songs! I have often inadvertently killed Dimitri's interest in things with my over enthusiasm to make things more "meaningful" (to me that is, I know, big mistake).

I think it's pretty darn cool, for a whole bunch of reasons, that Charlie's typing!

Brenda (mamabegood)

Yes - to the encouraging, but not interfering so as to quash their own internal motivation. I know that's right.

Also - since we do unschooling and I read unschoolers' blogs, I must note that one woman learned to read as an 11-year old (she was NT) when she wanted to buy Barbies off of eBay.

And - I know Jack is a 3-D, experiential learner. 2-D and visual processing is very difficult. I just found this link about alternative pencils and got excited b/c we can allow ppl to write using 3D methods. I've ordered felt letters to try with Jack and I'm going to order Montessorri sandpaper block letters, too. Just so he can have different media.

Here's the link to the resources from Certain Proof, but if you haven't looked at the whole site, it's fascinating.



When Russ moved into self-contained last year I demanded that the "today is, we are doing" journalling be removed. He has 2 writing sessions/day these last couple of years and will continue into next.

1. Description of the picture. This is to practice proper writing skills.

2. Whatever you want. This was very difficult since btwn ABA and the school he didn't know he could write whatever he wanted. His Teacher worked hard to teach him he could write whatever he wanted... started by typing whatever he said for him and moving away from the keyboard... it took MONTHS.

His fav typing is logos, tv/movie companies, sounds etc.

His fav typing venue is writing with symbols... why... it plays it back for him. He can hear it, he can save it to his DSi (he does amazing things on that toy and nobody taught him how), the CD is right here beside the computer and he can use it whenever he wants.

IMO the most important skill you can teach him... to figure things out for himself. To learn on your own without being trained.

Kristina Chew

@Emma, I will try Barney + word combos again!

@Brenda, thank you for the link! Charlie is definitely a 3-d learned too. Still struggles to identify line drawings.

@farmwifetwo, agreed and I think Charlie is indeed doing so. Good point about not knowing one can write whatever one wants -- I don't think Charlie has quite grasped yet that he can do that; he wants me to dictate to him what to type. I'll see where it all evolves.

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