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The Seven Steps to Beginning Curriculum for The Young Reader

Each month we will be featuring a different part of the Seven Steps. If you miss any of the parts or just want to go back and re-read a part, just click on the links below .

1. Strategies For a Positive Mind (August 2005)
2. Writing Plain and Clear (September 2005)
3. Vocabulary By Example (October 2005)
4. Spelling In Parts (November 2005)
5. Listening With Feedback (December 2005)
6. Comprehension Puzzle (January 2006)
7. Phonemic Awareness (March 2006)

Spelling In Parts

Parents, you are the number one most important guide to your child. He looks, in great detail, to every remark and mannerism as perfect, something to be copied. Whatever you say and how you say it influences the beginning speech patterns and words. A child with ear infections as a tiny baby often misses your correct speech patterns and copies over and over again the incorrect memorized word or sentence pattern in his mind. Once I had two brothers who had developed their very own language that was clear only to them. Their personal made-up language started when the older brother picked up sounds incorrectly and pointed to the adults with what he wanted. The adult responded, so the child thought that his language was clear and understood. As an example, the older baby boy would point to a cookie and say, "mekee!" The adult thought his attempt should be rewarded with the cookie. Now that baby brother thinks the cookie is a "mekee". To add to the problem, the next baby brother copied all of the words of his big brother. These two brothers did not understand the teacher's direction in a normal classroom setting.

A baby needs eye contact that is not in a hurry. A baby needs to study the lip movement of words, so stop and face your child when speaking. Smile and show calmness in your face as you speak.

Slowing down the way you speak will allow your child to examine the formation of sounds that make up words. Slowing down will allow your child to evaluate sentence structure by tone, rhythm, and pattern.

Avoid shortened words such as "Ya" for "Yes," Good students have formed good vocabulary patterns at home. Start with short, easy to follow sentences such as ,"Go get your toy boat." When your child reaches age two and a half, your should start to add more adjectives to your sentences, such as, "Go get your brown and white boat." At age three, add two more directions at the same time, such as, "Go to the kitchen first to drink your milk. Then go find your brown and white boat and bring it to me. Also bring one other toy we can play with for five minutes in the living room." Using complete sentences from the beginning gets your child into the right direction towards doing well on tests. Most children, who fail state tests, do not listen correctly to the directions from the teacher.

Remember again to stop for a moment and respectfully listen to your child. Respond to his chatter in complete sentences. This moment of undivided attention will make your child feel confident in communication. Secondly, this moment will teach him how to stop and listen to your directions or the directions of a future teacher.

Take your child everywhere you can. Do not look at the child as a burden when you go shopping. Consider the time spent together a privilege; a time to talk about all of the vast amount of things available. Vocabulary building must have experiences to make new words of value. Include your child in decisions on which product is the best for the money. Point out words on cans and tell him what it says. Point out the workers at the shop and talk about what responsibility each has at their place of work. Visit parks and museums frequently and talk briefly about something that catches your eye. Encourage conversation on about the walk or visit.

1. Preschool has a very valuable environment to help prepare your child for elementary school. Directors will use vocabulary needed to expand understanding in a school situation.
2. Play school at home with a blackboard, paper, pencil, and picture book. Make it a fun, low pressure situation where both of you share being the teacher.
3. Organize playing with children of the same age with other parents. You may take a friend's child for two hours and, in exchange, the friend takes your child for two hours.

The other six steps to increasing vocabulary have no true value without enjoyment in learning. Parents who are lifetime learners have children who are lifetime learners.

Make learning FUN WITH LOVE.

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