and made faces,
Monday, September 27, 2010
and made faces,
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I did remember to take a few pictures of Tot School this week. We didn't have a set theme.
For math we worked on same and different and naming which item does not belong. M was able to tell me if something matched or not thanks to many games of S'Match, but when I changed the terminology to same or different it was more difficult for her. First we worked with pairs of animals cards.
Then we used the same/different apple cards from Prekinders and she put a green marble on each of the different items on the card. We followed up with a few workbook sheets on the same topic.
Then we played the bug game - which is a version of memory using halves of various insects. M loves this game and we play it daily.
She did some tonging and sorting with green and orange gourds.
We worked on tracing circles on an apple shape (and also cutting skills using apple pieces) with sheets from Kidssoup.
She colored a wooden carriage and unicorn for free art one day. M loves to color these mini wooden pieces so I try to pick them up whenever I am at Michael's (they are only 50 cents).
That was all I took photos of this week. We did do some sorting work using black and orange felt owl stickers and several other fall-themed projects. Our focus right now is mainly on pre-reading, since that is M's preference.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
We started his birthday with a tradition - pancakes made by Daddy in the shape of his age.
Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
I have a been an avid reader my whole life (the credit goes to my parents who are huge readers and always encouraged us to read and bought us an endless supply of books growing up). For me, reading is not just about learning new things but also is a way to relax. With three kids my free time to read is non-existent these days. While I wouldn't trade away any of the time I have with them, I do want to get back in the habit of reading for myself every day, even if I have to get up a little bit earlier to do that.
My goal is to get up half-an-hour earlier each day and spend that time reading while I ride my exercise bike. So, in order to keep myself on track, I am posting this list of my to read books here, and participing in the Fall Into Reading Challenge over at Callapidder Days. My to read list:
- Fast-Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser
- Parenting With Grace: Catholic Parent’s Guide to Raising Almost Perfect Children by Gregory Popcak
- Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
- Creating A World Without Poverty by Muhammad Yunus
- The Handbook for Catholic Moms: Nurturing Your Heart, Mind, Body and Soul by Lisa Hendey
- Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
- The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
What's on your reading list?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I love crafts that use hands or feet, they are great visuals of the stages the kids go through.
Monday, September 20, 2010
- Matching the puzzle pieces to the proper outline. You can name the letter or name the sound it makes.
- Matching small objects or pictures to the proper letter by beginning sound.
You could also use it for matching upper and lower case letters and working on alphabetical order. I plan to make a second mat with only a few letters placed (A, H, P, Z) and let M fill in the other letters in the appropriate order.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
(Ready to begin our hunt with binoculars and clipboards in hand!)
- find animals with certain characteristics (claws, stripes, fins, feather, bright colors)
- find animals that are doing certain actions (eating, sleeping, climbing, running, swimming)
- find certain facts about each animal (How long is a giraffe's tongue? (18 inches))
- find animals from certain countries or continents
- count the number of animals
- classify animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians)
The highlight of this trip had to be feeding the giraffes.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Two yards of vinyl, a spool of thread, a package of velcro and 3 broken needles later - I now have custom-fit cases to store our dozen or so puzzles. Not as pretty as Deena's, but functional and only cost me $20 for a dozen cases.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This week we worked on a quilt theme for Tot School. We did all of our activities upstairs on our quilt for a change of pace. We did a lot of activities this week, but due to a computer issue, I only have photos from two days.
M used her dot markers on a "Q is for quilt" worksheet from Making Learning Fun.
She also colored a mini-book called A Quilt For Me. It talked about quilt shapes (stars, stripes, blocks).
We did our Hickory Dickory Dock go-alongs.
We read quilt-related books and quilted a letter Q for our stART project.
We colored an activity page on safety signs and discussed what they mean.
My favorite picture this week: I came inside from getting the mail to find M reading a book to Baby B. What a sweet big sister she is! (No idea why Baby B is only wearing one sock, he tends to kick them off at the first opportunity.)
For science we also used a paper towel tube as a homemade stethoscope to listen to our heartbeats. We also learned the proper names for the parts of our hand using the cards from Montessori for Learning. We will continue to work on the human body in science for the next few weeks.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Our stories read include:
- The Log Cabin Quilt by Ellen Howard
- Reuben and the Quilt by P. Buckley Moss
- The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
- Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt by Deborah Hopkinson
- Quilt Alphabet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
- Quilt Counting by Lesa Cline-Ransome
- A Name on the Quilt by Jeannine Atkins
- Shota and the Star Quilt by Christine Fowler
- A Quilt for Baby by Kim Lewis
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Now, every time we tell the rhyme we make the clock tell the correct time and she can act out with the mouse. I threaded a ribbon the clock so she can wear it and "be" the clock.
Monday, September 6, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I plan to leave this box out for all of September, and then do a Halloween-themed box in October.