Saturday, January 14, 2017

The Word Board Isn't a Board

I've got quite a few emails asking about the Word Board.  It is usually just use a poster with sticky notes or the refrigerator.  You can do something more deluxe if you want because it's very important. I just used the wall or a poster board with sticky notes or the fridge.  When we were catching up in school, half the house was a Word Board.

The reason I call it Board is because of all of the other connotations of Board which you will experience as time goes by, for example, putting your child on the spot to see what words come down today.

I'm horribly amused to see the results of searching for 'pre-k phonics' on Amazon.  Here's what it looks like.

There you have it, graduate level phonics with a fractal that I designed on the cover, next to ACB's with cute little animals on the cover, and Learn To Read with a happy engaged child and a thrilled mom.  It would never occur to me to put a picture like that on the cover, because the mom probably has a PhD in Literature. She's not in my market.  She's the competition.  I need a mom who has absolutely no idea how she's going to prepare her 3 or 4 year old for the COGAT or OLSAT, not to mention an accelerated reading program in a gifted and talented program.  I'm working on making the cover child friendly, but I'm not changing the ambitious goals.

I started coaching a neighbor who is 5 years 1 month old, with both phonics and with Shape Size Color Count now that it's finally out.  It's so much different than working with a child who just turned 4.  Things go much faster.  I suppose 5 is a normal age to start this level of academic work, especially if the big test is at age 6.  Her brother is a friend of my son's, and they go to the same school.

I walked around the neighborhood today visiting locations where I could find African American parents with 3 year old's.  I found 20 African American parents in the library.  Most of them had graduate degrees.  I'm not kidding.  I am not going to address problems in Chicago helping African American parents who have graduate degrees.  My neighborhood has changed a lot in the last 10 years.

Next week I'm going to walk North into Rodgers Park and try again.

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