|Busying herself with the instruction manual. Cool.|
Speaking of toys, she recently received a love gift from one of my blog sponsors, CutieTots Shop. Mommy Jennie picked Shapes Sorting Game set for my little problem-solver. I thought she'd give us something for a toddler and not a preschooler when she mentioned during our virtual meeting that she will give Sophia a shape sorter. Boy, the sorting game set is different! It has this cardboard of instructions inside the box in which you will follow & stack away according to its pattern.
|You can buy it here for Php 220 only|
She did all in one seating. No kidding. I was not even there to supervise her. If I'm not in front of my pc blogging, I was cooking or fixing the room. She had just showed me each model that she finished and I would react in a default reply like "that's great!" or "good job, Pia!" She had asked me for some patterns she found confusing but she still stacked it correctly. Maybe because she thought it did not challenge her at all, she went back to her 3-year-old blocks. But I reminded her that if she won't play with it anymore, I might just give it to other kids who would. Her eyebrows met & opened the box once again and did the stacking at her own pace, without copying the models from the instruction manual. She stacked it by its color, or sometimes by its shape. It completely made me proud to see that one time, she stacked it with a pattern that somehow resembles the chronological order of the color wheel. Yeah, green comes after yellow. That sort.
|Little Tandang Sora with her maestra during her 1st assessment. (via Primemont Science School FB page)|
She still can't write her full name yet within the blue & red lines, but sorting & other Manipulatives stuff is a no-brainer for her. According to her teacher's assessment that she based on Dr. Anthony F. Gregorc's Model on Perception and Ordering, Sophia appears to be an Abstract-Sequential (A-S) kid. This is how to handle A-S kids as written in LB's assessment:
For A-S children, justice is an important concept. What's fair for one is fair for all. In addition, the credibility & reliability of the authority figure, often a parent, plays a significant role in enabling A-S kids to successfully undertake challenging tasks assigned to them.
Be clear in your expectations & logical in your punishments and consequences. Be sure your A-S child understands the purpose for a particular role, and whenever possible, try to allow the A-S child to have at least some input into the setting of the rules in the first place.
A-S kids are dedicated to being thorough & deliberate as possible in almost everything they do. They usually prefer to take their time, even if it means accepting a penalty for being late. They do not need fancy rewards for a job well done. They prefer serious and genuine recognition for their achievements and a higher, more challenging level of work the next time around. At home, A-S kids participate best when they recognize and appreciate the importance of the goal. They prefer a logical, systematic approach and avoid highly charged, emotional situations. Because of their inherent need to analyze and think through situations, you may have to use more patience in your approach to them, giving them sufficient time to complete each task. When it comes to doing difficult or boring tasks, A-S kids don;t really complain much --- they beleive they should just do what they have to do and get on with it.
A-S children are NOT motivated by what they term as "cheerleading". They do not appreciate enthusiastic aatempts to "pump them up" and get them going. Emotional approaches like "making them feel guilty" do not work positively on A-S kids.
Whew. Such a long read, right? Anyway, I agree to how they have assessed my daughter, and I conclude that it must be in the genes, she is so like her father. Rhambo was an A-S kid for sure. I am a bit of it, sometimes, too. I won't wonder anymore that when they fight, no one gives in, so I need to mediate. I get occasional "I'm sooooo bored!" from this little Kris Aquino here but since my OB-GYN gave me permission to travel, so long I won't do strenuous activities; next week will be a happy vacation for us somewhere barriotic. I am excited to what she could learn from the experience of living a life far from the malls and bonding with her fellow army baby; but I'm also looking forward to more scholarly changes of my daughter in the next semester with Primemont Science School (PSS).