My first attempt at a direct post - hope this is right...
I was there today and shared a battery-operated alphabet toy with the younngest kids. PawCree, HayBluPaw, HayBluDay, and MuGayDay all sat with me and my girls around their coffee table and we worked on some letter names and a game of finding the letter when we said the name. [Editorial comment: I want to do some work with their names and I'm not sure what the spelling is and where to put capitals and spaces. Could someone let me know the right way? I keep seeing them presented differently.]
When they press the letter, the toy says the letter name so it is instant reinforcement for them. PawCree is doing a GREAT job! She is really encouraging the twins to try as well. I think I know how to say "say it"or "try it" in Karen now because I heard her telling the girls that again and again. We are all learning!!
I'm wondering if we really have their ages correct - are they 4 years old? They just seem more like 3's to me. I'm sure a lot of that is because I can't talk with them.
We also worked with pictures from Jewel and Aldi advertisements in the paper. We named lots of things in the flyers starting with me pointing to a few things and giving the names, but then they caught on and pointed to what they wanted to know the names for - shampoo was a little tricky to explain. :)
Lastly I showed them a picture of grapes from the flyer, then wrote the word grapes and then we shared some grapes together. One of the twins then went into the kitchen and brought back an apple and I showed her the photo of that in the flyer. I think that was her was of saying she got the concept.
All in all, I think it went well. And I have to say, Puday is doing an outstanding job - I said, "How are you?" and he answered, "Fine. Thank you." Perfectly!! Everyone's pronounciation is very clear and I think they really have a good ear for the subtle differences.
We are going to try some simple songs with body parts on our next visit. We will also review names for foods.
What do you think team? I'd love to hear any and all suggestions.