Saturday, October 20, 2012

Homework Update

I haven't updated the blog with pictures/video of Natalie working on homework since Kindergarten last year...please excuse me for being remiss!  She's made a lot of progress...still very slow, but when I compare to K, I can see how far she's come, and it's a big reason for posting now so we can look back again and see how much she progresses from this moment.

Here's the first side of her homework (and you can see her working on it in the video at the end of this post).  Per her OT's direction, I outline the top line in green, the middle line in yellow and the bottom line in red to help her see and understand the size and relationship of the letters.  She knows how to form all the letters well, but size and placement is her next challenge.  Four days a week, this is her homework: writing on one side and math on the other.  It takes about 20-30 minutes each day.

Here's the math side.  The top part, she completed all by herself:  she's improved a lot at counting one-to-one, so she can count the tens and then count the ones.  And she understands (from this format, or does she really understand the concept?) that 2 tens and 3 ones is 23.   The bottom part of the math is impossible for her to complete without my assistance, helping her count on my fingers and add and subtract from the fingers I hold up.  She knows all addition doubles:  1+1=2, 2+2=4, 3+3=6, 4+4=8 and 5+5=10, but other addition facts and subtraction facts have not yet stuck.

And here's the video of her writing the sentence above:

Go Natalie!


Patty said...

Oh, Cindy, this made my heart happy to see this today!!! Also, I was excited to see how Natalie holds her pencil - I was having a difference of opinion with Stephen's OT about how he should hold his - I want him to hold it the same way Natalie does (it just seems easier with the way their thumbs are, you know?) and she wanted something different.

But, WAY TO GO Natalie!!!! You are doing so well!!

Cindy said...

I'm happy to make you happy, Patty! It is so hard to figure out how to help our kids...sometimes I still second guess whether Natalie is right- or left-handed. The latest conclusion is that she switches to left when her right is tired. ok, we'll go with it for now!