Some help needed for my brother.
Posted 01 July 2009 - 07:33 PM
Currently he is still having some really major problems with reading and more worrying is he can not tell the time.
Because I am a reader and the "educated" one of the family she really hopes I can do somethings with him on the weekend to help him.
What sort of books do 10 year old boys read? Or what books would you say would be something for me to find for him? Also are there books for older kids on telling the time? Or how could I help explain how to tell the time?
I have an idea of helping him with reading in a more long term way of finding a book that he wants to read. Will buy him a copy and one for myself as well. Then each night on the phone before he goes to bed I will get him to read a few pages and I can follow along in my copy and help him with any words along the way. I wish I could do this in person with him but they live up north about 7hrs away so very rarely get to see him but we talk on the phone all the time.
Actually I just had another idea as well. He loves to cook and even has his own cook book (which he is bringing with him) so are there any sort of books for general reading that would incorporate cooking etc?
OK now that I have rambled on I really hope that someone would be able to help. I love Bubba (ok his real name isnt Bubba it Matthew but he still lets me call him bubba) more than anything else in the world and really do hope I can help him in some way.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:11 PM
Re telling the time - I think I would practice with an actual clock and that way you can move the hands and get him to do it too. There are some good websites around too. Maybe you could find an online game that would make it fun for him?
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:40 PM
My boy likes to read Max Power books and they are not too difficult or overly long.
What they've told us recently about teaching children the time (i teach prep) is to focus only on the hour hand till they have the gist before they move on to the minutes hand.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:41 PM
He hasn't read Paul Jennings yet but I do know that Paul's books are popular with that age.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:42 PM
I would also go 'classic'- think Goosebumps, Animorphs etc. You can probably find them quite cheaply on E-bay.
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:43 PM
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Posted 02 July 2009 - 01:46 PM
And once he gets into those it's a pretty natural progression into The Day My Bum Went Psycho territory. Which is a 'whole' book and so that has its benefits too, even if the word "poo" is used an amazing number of times
There are a whole heap of "kids in the kitchen" type cookbooks- or you could make your own, with things he likes to eat. Get him to write the recipe down (either first, or as you go) so that he's using those thinking and planning and following through skills. You could make it a special thing you do together every time you see each other- or even suggest making each other cookbooks, to be exchanged at Christmas time?
As for telling the time, I think it's BigW that currently has toy clocks for sale (the kind with the moveable hands)- but he may think that's a bit babyish. The easiest way to explain telling the time is to start with the 'hours' (eg 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock), and then move onto half hours. You can also get kids watches that have the 5-minute intervals marked and different coloured hands etc.
Posted 05 November 2009 - 06:26 PM
Another thing is lachie is science mad. He loves doing little experiments etc. We have a book called501 Science experiments. he spends ages reading that to find one he can do at home.
Lachies teacher has also introduced a thing called Tumble books. Its like a book made into a cartoon and it has the words along the bottom of the screen that highlight when they are spoken. The kids love them. Im quite sure you can download them online as well
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Posted 05 November 2009 - 09:10 PM
I would also suggest the Far Out series - All Right Vegemite, Far Out Brussel Sprout et - they are poems, but are quite humorous. I know I loved them as a kid! I think Angus and Robertson has them in their latest catalogue.
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