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331  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Where to start with 22 month old? All hints, tips and advice gratefully received on: January 25, 2012, 02:02:10 PM
I have just printed out DadDude's essay so hopefully I will get some ideas there. Thanks a million for the links!
332  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: UK/ USA Exchange on: January 24, 2012, 11:12:28 PM
OK, you've convinced me! I just told my husband that I'm getting an ipad! I've been thinking of getting one for ages so now I have an excuse. She loves my husbands iphone and she can quite easily locate her favourite app (a Spanish flashcard one). I know what you mean about the way they take to technology - within a few days she had figured out how to return to the home screen if she made a mistake, it's incredible. Please let me know of any apps you have found particularly useful as I am new to the app world. Come to think of it, please let me know of any resources you have found useful as I want to go with people's recommendations rather than trial and error.

Your story about the belly button is so cute - I may just have to steal that trick someday.

We actually use Irish Sign Language here which I've been told is more like ASL than BSL for some bizarre reason. I spent the best part of 18 months trying to find ISL resources and making my own, but now I've given up and I'm going to use ASL. We had dropped signs as her speech improved but I've decided to work on it again as it should be useful for teaching other languages, rather than translating into English.
333  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: UK/ USA Exchange on: January 24, 2012, 08:55:36 PM
Your feedback on the GR POI's is interesting - you would think that you would be able to get a complete set POI's with very interesting facts on them. Maybe I will stick to LR and what other parents have generously uploaded for the time being.

I had never heard of the Splashtop app. I have been deliberating between getting a new laptop or an ipad so maybe I should go for the ipad if I can use LR & LM on it - thanks for the tip!

I got the 4 Baby Signing Time and series 1 volume 1-13 of Signing Time. I have only looked at the first BST DVD but it is a HUGE hit! I think Here I Go is the second one so we'll probably look at that in a few days. How long would you show 1 DVD for, or do you just show different ones each time?
I'll definitely have to check out the Potty Time one - your description sounds so cute! I know what you mean about the songs - after only two days I can't get the BST theme tune out of my head!
334  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: UK/ USA Exchange on: January 24, 2012, 05:06:02 PM
wow Kerileanne99, that would be amazing! I will pm you my postal address.

I had a bit more luck this afternoon with YBCR as I practically jumped up and down with excitement at every word and she was definitely more into it. I will also check out MonkeeSee.

Do you think the Bits from GR are worth it? They seem pretty expensive
335  Parents' Lounge / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello Newbi on the Site! on: January 24, 2012, 12:53:58 PM
Hey Kerileanne99, I replied to you on your other thread.

336  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: UK/ USA Exchange on: January 24, 2012, 12:42:13 PM
Hey Kerileanne99,
I though it would make sense to reply to you on here rather than on the planets thread. The planets POI looks great. My printer is out of ink so I'll have to wait a few days to print them off. Think I'll have to invest in a laminator so they will last. Are you doing EK with your son?

How long have you been doing YBCR? I'm just starting out with it and my DD does not seem to be that into it. That may be because she is feeling sick though and all she wants is Baby Signing Time repeated over and over!

We LOVE all the Julia Donaldson books too. Have you seen the animated versions of The Gruffalo & The Gruffalo's Child? They were shown on TV here at Christmas and they're amazing! We've been watching them online since.

Have you tried Free delivery all over the world so it might be useful for ordering books.

337  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Re: Where to start with 22 month old? All hints, tips and advice gratefully received on: January 24, 2012, 12:17:37 PM
Thank you for the replies!

First of all, I should clarify that my list is my long-term goal. Right now, I would be very happy to just get a reading programme up and running. My DD is constantly asking for maths so I will do that too as she seems so interested.

With regard to languages, at present I am simply trying to develop her vocabulary though French and Spanish songs and Irish, French and Spanish vocabulary books  as I have no idea how to teach to the level required for fluency, particularly as I am not fluent in these other languages. I have been reading threads on here and people seem to recommend Little Pim and Babybit - is there anything else I should look into?

We are working on swimming in a half-hearted way, taking her once a week, which I know is not enough but it's what we can manage at the moment.

I will probably get SoftMozart once she is around 3 as I'm hoping I'll have a handle on her reading & maths programmes by then.

Also, I will be taking 11 months off work beginning in June so, even with a new baby, I feel I will have more time to dedicate to EL (fingers crossed).

Funnily enough, years ago, I had planned on using flashcards etc once I had children but somehow turned against it. I guess because of the stereotype of pushy parents, which I know now is not true.

I will check out DadDude's posts to see how he got on with YBCR with his son at that age - thanks.

I think you're right that I should just show my DD the words part of the LR lessons to keep her interest and try her with the multisensory again in a few weeks.

I will make some flashcards this evening as she seems to prefer that to YBCR for some reason. Every time I put it on, she asks for "Baby Sign Time" over and over again! For this reason, I'm breaking YBCR up into lots of sessions of a few minutes each instead of watching it all in one sitting.

I think I'll order the tangram set that aangeles uses with her daughter - Tangoes Jr. as I have always loved tangrams myself.
338  Downloads + Collaborations Discussions / English Free Downloads / Re: Planets on: January 23, 2012, 11:03:22 PM
I know this is a very old post, I just wanted to say thanks for this download!
339  Parents' Lounge / Introduce Yourself / Re: Hello Newbi on the Site! on: January 23, 2012, 10:20:50 PM
Hi Sarah

Welcome! I have a 22 month old daughter and I'm also new to this.
340  EARLY LEARNING / Early Learning - General Discussions / Where to start with 22 month old? All hints, tips and advice gratefully received on: January 23, 2012, 10:06:34 PM
Hi everyone

Well, I have been avidly reading posts on every thread and I have learned so much from you guys. It is incredibly inspiring to read about the effort and success you and your children are experiencing. I am eager to join you in this EL adventure but I'm not sure where to start. Help please!

My daughter is 22 months old. Her language is quite well developed (although maybe not compared to the children on here!) I attribute this to using sign language with her from 3 months of age. She has shown an aptitude for learning other languages and she asked for me to read her "special books" (Irish, French, Italian & Spanish Usborn First 100 word books).

I have always tried to use lots of language in my interactions with her, using descriptive commenting as I go about my activities. I have also read to her every day since she was born and she adores books. So much so that her preschool teacher asked me if I was teaching her to read. Well, embarassingly, I was quite smart in my answer, lecturing her about reading readiness etc. However, the conversation piqued my interest and I decided to do some research. Well, all I can say is that I owe her teacher an apology! I had never even heard to children under 5 reading, not to mention reading in several languages.

I have since read the Doman Reading, Maths & EK books and I am both impressed and daunted in equal measure. My husband and I both work full-time, I am studying and I am also pregnant so I am trying to figure out what I can realistically fit into my short time with my daughter.

In order of priority, the areas I would like to target are:

Languages - English (mother tongue), Irish (we are Irish and I am hoping she will attend an Irish-speaking school), French (I spoke this in school), German (my husband spoke this in school), Italian & Spanish (neither my husband nor I have any experience with these languages)

I realise that this is a long list but I want to give her every opportunity as she has shown me that she can learn anything I take the time to teach her.

I have tried the LR and LM trials. My DD loves LM, but she gets bored during the multi-sensory lessons on LR. That said, she has been crying for "WORDS" and "Maffs" since my trial ran out so I think I will buy both.

I just received YBCR DVDs today, along with Baby Signing Time and Signing Time Volume 1. She LOVED Baby Signing Time and asked for it repeatedly after watching it for the first time. She was less interested in YBCR, although she did watch all of it. She adores music and we try to include some classical music in her listening - the current favourite is Beethoven's Wig. I can read music and play piano, recorder and tin whistle and I would like to pass on a love of playing music to her.

For those of you who have read to the end of this long post, thank you! My questions are:

 - Where should I begin with a child of 22 months?
 - Is she too old to benefit from YBCR? From the other posts I have read, it seems to be geared towards younger children.
- Would I be better off concentrating on LR instead of spending 7 months completing YBCR?
- What should my daily schedule of EL activities with her look like?
- What would be the most useful resources for me to invest in? (I have a small amount of money that I can use for this purpose)
- Do any of you use Tangrams with your little ones?

I should also say that I am concerned about how much screen time she has as she does not watch TV at all, although she loves to look at Sesame Street songs on my husbands iphone.

I would greatly appreciate any hints, tips and advice you may have to offer. If I can be of any help in return, please let me know.

341  Parents' Lounge / Introduce Yourself / Re: We're new here too:)Our mother tongue is not English! on: December 30, 2011, 11:40:08 PM
Hi all,
I'm a newbie and I'm thinking about buying the LR programme. I am hoping to teach my daughter Irish along with English so I'm really interested in customising lessons. It's great to know that others have done this successfully, even if it takes some time.
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