Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Alphabet Days!

In 2008 I was at a crossroads. I was in a dead-end job, single, and a college drop-out. I had no clue what I wanted to do with my life. One weekend, I decided I’d had ENOUGH. I was going to change my life, find something I loved, and become happy with where I was. That was on Sunday. On Monday an acquaintance of mine mentioned her job was hiring. On Wednesday I had an interview. Two weeks later I started the most challenging and most rewarding job I’ve ever had (besides motherhood of course).
It was at an elementary school as an aide in a Severe Level Special Needs Classroom (also referred to as Life Skills). I LOVED it. I’ll probably talk about the things I learned there on here a lot (I use the skills I picked up on there on an almost daily basis), but this time I’m going to focus on one specific thing. Every day we had calendar time. We’d go to the front of the classroom and talk about the days of the week, the weather, the letter of the week, what number of the month we were on, colors, patterns, and sometimes social skills.
Tuesdays are going to be The Howling Horn’s Calendar Time- for the next 26 weeks we’re going to introduce fun ways to integrate learning the alphabet into your home. Every week will be a new letter. Then, we’ll move on to numbers and colors and other basics that can be taught to your kid no matter the age!
Watch for Christina’s introduction to the letter ‘A’ next week and be ready to throw in your own suggestions and ideas. We may even include them in a future post (with credit to you of courseJ)

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