At 42 Degrees

At 42 Degrees

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Interactive ABC's and Such,...

Do NOT be alarmed,...
Isaac isn't going to eat you,...
like a Tasmanian Tiger

Our little guy is merely demonstrating how the letter A makes the "Aaaaeee" sound,
because the ABC's in our home are interactive,...more on this further in the post. 

So, nearly two weeks down with Kindergarten and how is it going?????

"Ahhhhhhhhh," I'd say, as I did say when I was asked this weekend
 how was Isaac doing in Kindergarten.
The mother I was speaking to, also had a special needs child and she immediately
understood, and could translate my hesitant, "Ahhhhhhhh," -
even as she commiserated, "Us too." 

The closest analogy would be a roller coaster ride,
and in-between a wild ride,
but Isaac is blessed to have a great team,
from his special needs teacher,
to her aides,
the therapists, 
and the principal,
all these professionals are doing everything they can to help 
our little guy transition
into Kindergarten,
which is a MUCH different ballgame than preschool.

There have been tears,
and frantic emails,
hugs too.
The hugs are from Isaac,
who bestowed
a welcoming hug on every classmate this morning. 
So despite, the "Ahhhhhhh's," --- Isaac is settling in,
and despite the rackety ride beginning,
it's going to be a GREAT year!!!

A man to stay on task,....Isaac knows that school is ALL about learning,
and boy has our little guy
taken to the books
with his usual gung-ho enthusiasm.

For us, school is a bit of a commute,
not as far as EARLY-Early Intervention preschool,
that was a good forty minutes: to and from,
Kindergarten is only about twenty minutes with school traffic,
and as Mama takes Isaac,
we make sure to arrive in good time,
and usually have a wait a bit,
as waiting in the car with Mama,
is easier on our little guy than waiting in the cafeteria,
with ALL those rows of tables,
just begging to be ran through
up and down at top speeds,
yeah, Isaac gleefully did the first week, but now he's not,
instead, he's using the wait time to catch up on some pre-reading skills.

Notice, please the intense concentration,...vocabulary is serious stuff.

The pout of concentration,...

Totally engrossed,...except when he is asking for the names of the objects,
which Mama gleefully explains,...

Wish these pictures were taken of Isaac's favorite page,
which is Ocean-life,
this is the Honey-Farm page,
it's a search and find book,
Isaac's current favorite.
The Ocean-life page
cracks me up,
because Isaac adores the barracuda,
and can say:
Did you get that?
My little one with Apraxia can say:
Mama's joy knows no bounds!!!

After school pix,
Mama always has a snack and cold drink for her little guy,
who gets worn out from all that Kindergarten fun,....

But on the days Isaac doesn't fall asleep on the way home,
it's ABC-Time,...once he hits the front door,...
and I might add getting pix of Isaac signing the ABC's is majorly difficult,
as usually I have to be participating,
not taking pictures,
as this is Interactive ABC's,...for one and all,
or everyone in the house,
because Isaac wants to share his joy in the discovery of phonics,

Letter C,...

Letter D,...

 Letter O,...

Letter X,...

All the letters I missed getting pix of I was having to sign:

Here is Isaac's interactive version of the ABC's:
note: all letters are said and signed, phonetical pronounced and interacted,...
oh,...and sung too,
no particular tune,
it just need to sound sing-songing

A -- goes, "Aaaeee" - Isaac signs an apple or goes and gets one
B -- goes, "BA" - Isaac pretends to bounce a ball
C -- goes "CA" - Isaac just pronounces "CA" VERY LOUD
D -- goes "Dah," Isaac dances, and YOU dance too!!!
E -- goes, "Eeeah," Isaac signs egg
F -- goes, "Ffffa," Isaac flaps his arms, "Fly," and you flap your arms too, or else!!!
G -- goes "Ga," and Isaac says, "No goat," when you suggest goat,...
H -- goes, "Haaaah," Isaac pretends to put on hat, either on himself or YOU.
I -- goes "Ick," says Isaac and I ask, "Does it?" and Isaac is confident, "I goes, Ick."
J -- goes "Gaaaa," but you can barely hear the pronunciation because Isaac is jumping so loud
K -- goes, "Cahhh" - Isaac gets little lost here when I suggest kite, but he LOVES to sign K,
and boy you best get your finger position right, or you will be schooled by Mr. Correct,
L -- goes "Laaaa" another letter Isaac doesn't connect with a specific word, but he likes "Laaahhhhhhh"
M -- goes "MMMMMMMMMM" Isaac rubs his tummy
N -- goes "NNNNNN" Quickly too because Isaac wants to get to the letter O
O -- goes, "Ooooooooooooooooo" Isaac has great lungs because O goes for a long time
P -- goes, "Pah," Isaac puffs out his lips and cheeks, so cute, which I could have gotten a pix
Q -- goes "Quuuu" because "Q says Quack" - says Isaac, "Quack, quack, quack" - very ducky
R -- goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrr" says Isaac pretending to drive a car,....
S -- goes "Sssssssss" Isaac informs, "Sssss, SNAKE, Sssss" just incase you are confused
T -- says, "Tah," says Isaac correctly tucking his tiny thumb under his fist,...
U -- says, "Oooooooh," Isaac holds an pretend umbrella, and informs, "UMBRELLA!!!"
V -- says, "Vvvvvvvah," Isaac shivers like he's cold, but I think he means vibrate.
W -- says "Wah," Isaac signs his favorite element, "WATER!!!!!"
X -- says, "Xxxxxssss" Isaac can't pronounce xylophone, but he has one and usually gets it
Z -- says, "ZZZZah," and then Isaac's snores for sleep,...really, really cute,...

And then Isaac is done,
and you get to rest,
like maybe 5 seconds,
before the
next ABC loop begins,...

Do we really do interactive ABC's ALL evening long?
The activity is everything you'd want for your little one:
GREAT verbal practice
pretend play
turn taking (some)
Did I mention social?
Like,....great eye-contact: social
and ever greater, shared interest: social!!!!

Stuff we were only dreaming about last fall,
and didn't even dare to dream
the year before that when Isaac was three and couldn't even say: "Mama" 
much less the ABC's,....

Dreams come true,
and they can be interactive too!!!

Until I post again,...may God bless and keep you!!!

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