[bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: heavy books

Both kids learned quite a bit about mechanics from me though. They did a lot
of experimenting. Most of which I would rather they had not done. smile My
son saw Mom and Dad putting gas in the car, so he tried to put some in his
power wheels car. fortunately, I had the battery out, charging it. that
could have turned rather nasty. He also destroyed a couple of lawn mowers,
taking them apart, but losing key parts, so that Dad couldn't put them back
together. It was lots of fun. smile He was constantly bringing me things
he'd managed to take apart, but had no clue how to put back together, or
he'd put them back together, *backward* so they wouldn't work. Kid managed
to pull out one of those child proof things you put in electrical outlets,
and stuck a screwdriver in. Made a nice bunch of sparks and crackling noises
I can tell you! My kids got really sneaky, and really quick at doing things
that Parents probably wouldn't aprove of. My daughter managed to climb on
top of the organ bench, which was on the top of the organ. to this day, I
can't figure out how she managed that one at 9 months. Since there wasn't an
obvious route she took. One minute, I answered the phone, next minute I
heard her making noise from 6 feet off the ground! I nearly had a coronary
over that one, I can tell you. If my kids show as much initiative at work as
they did at getting into things as young children, they'll both be top
executives in Fortune 500 companies. grin.

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Gail The U. S.
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Andrew could certainly start learning Braille at age three, as long as
Cassandra teaches him. My kids are both sighted, and didn't want to learn to
read, not being interested, but looking at the pictures. We both read to
them, but their interest was television. Part of that was their Mom had TV
going 24 hours a day, and didn't take that much of an interest in
interacting with the kids. I did what I could, but was constantly
undermined, so, not much was gained.

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Thanks for the info, Gail.

I'm wondering--if a bright sighted child who has the
inclination and desire can be reading by age 3 (as
mine were, just from my reading to them and their
following along, and some books that had certain words
in the story that the child could read when the parent
story-teller cme to it--and Sesame Street and Electric
Company), and if young chldren who are brought up with
another language in addition to English is in the
house can be bilingual at a very young age, by
couldn't a child as bright as Kasondra's Andrew seems
to be, who seems to want to read, also learn braille
at a young age? I think Kasondra is right to start to
teach him when he's three. One can make a game of it.

Speaking of which--I remembered when I was young how I
enjoyed playing with alphabet blocks, and I bought
them when my children were very young and played with
them with them and made simple words which they read.
But I've never seen Braille blocks. I gather from
posts here that one doesn't learn Braille letter by
letter but that there is a short of short-hand. Maybe
one of you could invent and create a graduated set of
Braille blocks for kids. The first set would be the
simplest words that they need to learn, and they can
play at making sentences (Pat the dog; the dog ate his
food). A more advanced set could be whatever the next
phase is.  And I won't even take a cut of the profits
for my idea (lol).

Cindy

--- "Gail The U. S. Male" <gail1959@xxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

> Cindy, indeed, some forms of blindness are
> hereditary. Most totally blind
> kids start learning Braille in either Kindergarten
> or first grade. The child
> could be taught at a younger age, I suppose, but
> most kids aren't.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> Behalf Of Cindy
> Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 6:16 PM
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> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: OT: heavy books
>
>
> That's a cute story, Kasondra. How old does a child
> have to be before he can start learning to read in
> Braille? Are you and/or your husband bind? Are some
> forms of blindness hereditary? Forgive me if I'm
> being
> too personal.
>
> Cindy
>
> --- Kasondra Payne <Kassyp36@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > Cindy,
> >
> > I just walked in my bedroom to answer the phone,
> and
> > I found my two-year-old
> > son, Andrew on the floor, trying to read a Harry
> > Potter book.  My husband
> > always keeps one on his side of the bed, and
> Andrew
> > just took off the cover,
> > opened the book, and started turning pages.  It
> was
> > so cute that I just
> > thought I should share it with all you guys.
> Andrew
> > will read Braille
> > someday because he is blind, but at least he shows
> a
> > healthy interest in
> > books now.  Yes, that particular book is very
> heavy,
> > but it was already on
> > the floor, so Andrew could move it easier
> >
> > Kasondra Payne
> >
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