My 4yo daughter (who is almost 5) was adopted internationally two years ago. She is in speech therapy because her language is very delayed and she has a great deal of difficulty making a lot of the sounds. The speech therapist is really encouraging me to teach her letters and sounds because she says that the sooner children learn their letters, the sooner their speech tends to improve. This doesn't surprise me as a couple of my other kids had some very minor speech issues not requiring therapy that corrected themselves as they began reading. While this particular daughter can understand nearly all of what we say, she just cannot produce the speech to communicate. She is making progress, and someone else on this forum encouraged me greatly with the fact that it may take her nearly five years before she is considered to be up with where she should be for her age. Nevertheless, the methods I used with my other children don't seem to be working with her. Magnetic letters, making collages with pictures of objects starting with a particular letter, string letters, glitter letters--none of it seems to really stick. We've been working on the same three letters for quite a while, and the only one she really knows is p. Some of my other kids used the Get Ready, Get Set, Go for the Code series, but I don't think they will hold her attention. She is very active with a very short attention span (although she actually likes for me to read to her--thank goodness!). Right now she is enjoying starfall.com, but otherwise I'm not quite sure which way to go. Has anyone used Happy Phonics? I understand it's very game-based and appealing to an easily distractible child. Any other suggestions?
(By the way--we're still trying to get her to count, too. She can get to 5 on a good day.)
The first five were so easy. . .I'm sure there must be a way to help her (and a little more prayer wouldn't hurt either )