This was a week where we started to evaluate whether Montessori is truly right for Monkey. While it does seem to be working very well for the non-academic subjects, it’s becoming more and more clear that she’s getting frustrated with the more academic areas. Monkey has a few special needs that make it difficult for her, and recently we’ve started to notice that those issues also make things more difficult academically. Earlier in the year, you might have remembered the difficulties we had with Monkey learning colors. We’re also seeing the same difficulties arise in learning letters and letter sounds. We have been working on the same couple letter sounds for a year, and she still hasn’t made the connection (and can’t name the letter either). She’s getting very frustrated because she wants to read, but after a year of trying to learn letter sounds, she can’t name any. For example, she’s been working on A for a long time. And even 2 minutes after the lesson, she still can’t tell you what sound A makes, or a word that begins with A, or recognize the letter A even if that is the only letter we’ve worked on that day. We’ve even tried Starfall, and after watching the whole letter A presentation, she still couldn’t name the song. We are in the process of having these issues evaluated (we’re not jumping the gun…she has known speech, language, sensory, social, and behavior issues. If a typical 4 1/2 year old couldn’t recognize the letter A, we wouldn’t be concerned (although a 4 year old who still couldn’t recognize it even after being given lessons in several different ways on it would raise red flags to me). But knowing her history and the difficulty we’ve had, it’s something we have to get evaluated to know how to proceed). So, over the next couple weeks, we will be trying different things to see if there is something that might help her.
It was also a special week for Bug…she tested for her white belt with orange stripe at Tang Soo Do!