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Level C Question and Self-Care Help

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    Level C Question and Self-Care Help


    We are doing Level C with Winston, my oldest (almost 7) and he is doing GREAT. He is advancing beyond the curriculum, though, in reading. He just completed reading aloud the first book of "Key Words With Peter and Jane" Book 1A and now knows about 60-70 sight words (pretty amazing for a child who didnt speak until he was 5!). Meanwhile, we are supplementing his math with Math U See (primer level) and (as we discussed recently) pulling out the Christian Liberty Nature Reader until later and using instead books from the Cat In The Hat's Learning Library and Rookie Read-A-Louds on the Arctic.

    Here's my question for Level C: I am continuing his work in Level C exactly as prescribed and moving ahead in reading Peter and Jane and Math U See as we are able and he is ready. His weak areas are comprehension, expression, and understanding how ideas go together (reasoning). I think plugging away at Level C work (which he enjoys!) while keeping him challenged in his advanced areas will keep him evenly educated. Yes?

    Self-Care question:
    My daughter is almost 5. She also has language comprehension and reasoning issues. She is behind in self-care (brushing her hair, buttoning buttons, etc.) Is there a resource for knowing ages and stages for basic self-care milestones? Would LOVE if I could work exercises such as practicing zippers, buttons and shoelaces into our school day -- I do much better on getting the kids to do something if I have it in print every day in incremental steps!

    Sorry if this is scattered, juggling lots of balls today!
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II

    Let me add: there is nothing wrong with my son or daughter's gross or fine-motor abilities. They need more practice, certainly. But my daughter in particular does not want to try to button her buttons or do things that are challenging. She wants to be taken care of. We are at "that stage" where more independence js required of her, but she still wants to be "the baby". We went through a similar stage with my son when he was her age. He is now a wonderful helper and can brush his own teeth and button most buttons and zip most zippers -- even when they are difficult. His attitude has greatly improved with his age/maturity. Would just like a resource on what they should be able to do at what age and stage. Perhaps a scale like the one used for assessing readiness for each Level in the curriculum (which I know contains some self-care checklists). They might not be able to do ALL the things their peers can because they are unable, but I would like to get close! I need a "do this on this day, and then work in this next" approach if at all possible. Tips on how to do that would be MOST WELCOME!

    (Again, sorry about the ramble -- new puppy and a mountain of laundry!)
    Boy Wonder: 10, MP2/SC4 (Special Needs)
    Joy Bubble: 8, MP2 (Special Needs)
    Snuggly Cowboy: 6, MPK
    Sweet Lightness: 2, Reverse-Engineering Specialist

    “Have no fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.”
    ~Pope St John Paul II



      For Winston:

      Yes, your strategy for supplementing while continuing the step-by-step approach through Level C sounds good. Whenever a child is ready to read, we want him to read!

      For your daughter:

      1. Find milestones and make a list by age.
      Your Simply Classical book has a section of milestone charts. Check this to locate check the progression of self-care skills. You can locate a more detailed list of self-care skills throughout our online Simply Classical Curriculum Readiness Assessments. You will find skill-related suggested activities in the front of your Level C Curriculum Guide.

      2. Select one skill per month to teach in a concentrated way. Add this to your written lesson plans.
      Consider taking the skill you most need to teach (e.g., teeth brushing). Write this into Winston's Enrichment and Therapy section for the next four weeks. (This is why we created the space! I always wanted this option in my children's planners.)

      Work on the skill together with both children together. Use the same step-by-step language prompts each time, until you see independent mastery. For example, my daughter found squeezing only a small amount of toothpaste very difficult, so we said each time, "Toothpaste the size of a pea." Eventually she said this herself as she squeezed gently, "Toothpaste the size of a pea."

      Repeat for the next self-care skill (e.g., hand washing). For example, have them say or sing while scrubbing to ensure thorough washing, "Mary had a little lamb; its fleece was white as snow."

      Once mastered, expect the skill to be completed independently.

      3. Give her enjoyable daily practice
      Based on the targeted self-care skills for her age and beyond (e.g., buttoning, zipping, snapping), you might create small rotating self-care playtime bins for your daughter. While you teach Winston, your daughter can play with one of these. Initial assembly will take time, but then she can use these independently the remainder of the school year.

      Doll bin - dolls, doll clothes with buttons, zippers, snaps; hair brushes, combs, hair clips, socks, shoes
      Animal bin - animals or puppets with clothes to dress them
      Shoe and boot bin - laces and easy-to-lace shoes; lacing cards
      "Busy books" - with zippers, snaps, ties
      Dress-up bin - with play dresses for her to dress herself; hand mirror, hair brush, barrettes or elastic bands; dressy socks and shoes
      Kitchen bin - with plastic knives, playdough for "slicing," play dishes, cups, spoons

      All of these would allow her to "practice" these skills in her play.

      4. Create a chart
      Given the behavioral component, you might create a chart for her emerging skills: washing her hands, getting dressed, brushing her hair, brushing her teeth. You can add Winston to this, as self-care can be an ongoing confidence builder. The competition might motivate her to "step up" and accomplish these tasks independently!

      5. Begin with this simple list.

      Given your new puppy and other adventures, here is a condensed list of general self-care milestones for you.

      3-4 years:

      Can pour from a small pitcher
      Can button and unbutton large buttons
      Can wash her own hands
      Dresses with supervision
      Attempts to brush teeth

      4-5 years:

      Plays dress-up or copies other "grown-up" activities
      Buckles shoes or belt
      Zips a zipper
      Uses the toilet independently
      Puts on socks and shoes (with help tying)

      5-6 years:

      Establishes right- or left-handedness
      Chooses clothes and gets dressed
      Learns to put shoes on the correct feet
      Learns to tie shoelaces
      Brushes teeth independently


      Simply Classical: A Beautiful Education for Any Child