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Some Kids I Have Known
Teaching Ross, Our three year old

At this time we have learned to use scissors fairly well. One way we did this was to go through old magazines to find particular pictures he liked. We glued this page onto a heavier construction paper. By drawing heavy lines at irregular places we created a puzzle. The darker heavier lines are easier to follow with the scissors. If you make the puzzle pieces fairly large it is better and easier for a little one to put it back together. If you like you may glue the pieces on another page or you may simply drop the pieces into a small zip lock baggie. This way you will have a great number of puzzles to work.

Because we have learned to cut and also have learned squares and triangles at this time we measure six, three inch squares with a ruler. After cutting these out we then draw only the outside shapes of the letters A, B, C, D, E, F. Do not try to cut the inside parts of the letters, A and B. This is too difficult for a three-year-old.

Once you have the letters cut out, glue them to another piece of construction paper of a contrasting color. The next step is to cover the top of the letter with glue. Allow the child to smooth the glue over the surface of the letter. You may now use either sand or salt to sprinkle over the glue creating a raised letter. I used salt since it was handiest. Keep repeating the names of the letter to the child as he works with each One. When you send the work home, explain to the parents about tactile and how the brain registers the object better if the fingers have been allowed to "feel" the letter with the child's fingers. You may ask them to allow the child to keep the letters out somewhere where they can rub their hands over them again with the parent telling the child what the letter is.

We have already been shaping the letters from play dough, allowing them to dry gently in a low oven and then glueing them to a larger poster board along with pictures of things starting with that letter.

On the Christian teaching we are using a different word every day surrounding the word, "love." We chose a word, such as loyal, faithful, kind, patient. The scripture to be found in the concordance of your Bible has the word love and with the scriptures pointed out, there are great numbers of words associated around and with the word love. It is fun to see the pictures a child will select to describe a more abstract word such as love. Let us find a picture for something that is like love, "strong and gentle," I asked. Much searching brought forth a very large egg standing on a scale, being weighed.

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