Saturday, November 6, 2010
For Halloween, we love to read Big Pumpkin
This is just a fun book for us. We love the rhymes and the cute story.
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
It's a fun book that we have used props for and acted out time and time again.
For Fall, we love Red Are the Apples.
It's so poetic in words and pictures. It reminds me of fall harvest and of hours spent canning foods that we will enjoy for several months. It reminds me of spending time with family and enjoying this wonderful fall season.
For Thanksgiving, we love Over the River: A Turkey's Tale
It's a fun book of pictures put to a familiar song. We read it nightly throughout the month of November, enjoying the story and anticipating going to grandma and grandpa's house for Thanksgiving.
These books have become family favorites and seasonal traditions. They remind us of good times spent together during our favorite time of year. What are some of your family's favorite books?
We mixed colors using this handy dandy muffin tin I bought at DI.
We made predictions about what color each set would make. To add sight word practice into the whole thing, I wrote the names of the each color and put it next to the appropriate part of the tin. After we mixed and discussed colors, he got to paint with them.
Day 1: Experiment with baking soda and vinegar by playing with it and seeing what happens when you mix it together.
Day 2: Blow up a balloon using baking soda and vinegar.
This week we'll be making Irish Soda Bread with baking soda and vinegar!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Big Pumpkin
Red Are the Apples
Ten Red Apples
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Blocks are great for developing math skills. Place a variety of objects in the block area: standard unit blocks, colored blocks (Ikea), plastic animals, empty spice bottles, empty diaper boxes, cars and trucks, leaves, bark, mesquite beans, etc., old keys. Anything you can think of. Put a couple of objects in and change them out periodically. Given the opportunity, kids will discover and explore in ways you would never dream of. They will learn math, spatial reasoning, act out things they see in the world. It's great for classifying and sorting. You will notice your kids classifying different kinds of cars and trucks, animals and objects. These are foundational concepts that will help them to be successful in math.
It's a great opportunity to notice what they are doing and learning and then to extend that learning with a variety of activities and projects.
And, although there are simpler, less expensive tables like this (which you can often find on Craigslist):
It's nice to have other options for a home. Something the children can access easily when they want some independent play time, that you can be confident, also teaches them.
We've discovered sensory trays. I took an old cookie sheet that I didn't use anymore and I put colored sand in it, along with some tools for playing in it.
Possibilities for the sensory tray:
rice and beans
dry noodles, with or without food coloring
glitter, mixed with the other things or not
*Of course, you have to be careful of choking hazards with little ones!*
Modify it for a baby:
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Letter D print out
Letter D Rhyme
4 labeled pictures that start with letter d. These are the pictures that I cut out and tape up to the pantry:
We sing the alphabet song.
We say, "Big D, Little D, what begins with D?" Then talk about the pictures.
We read the rhyme and the little printable book http://www.kidzone.ws/kindergarten/learning-letters/ib-book-d.htm
This week we are making donuts using this recipe to go along with the letter d. It also meets our cooking goal, which is to cook with my kids once a week at least.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
1. Label everything. Doors, refrigerator, table, etc.
2. Make the recipes that your kids help you with kid friendly with pictures and simple words.
3. Make signs for play time - If the child is pretending to go to the store, make a store sign, etc.
4. Cut out the pictures from the weekly grocery ads, tape or glue them to construction paper, and write the name of it on the paper. They can help you add to your shopping list weekly, learn sight words and be involved in the process of learning to create a shopping list.
5. And, of course, READ. Everyone knows that. Read the same books over and over again, pointing out words as you read.
6. If there are songs you sing regularly, post them on the wall, with simple pictures.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The snow plow and dump truck have been BUSY in our home the last couple of days moving the snow so the cars have plenty of room to drive.
Monday, July 19, 2010
This is a fun thing we do in our family. David is gone long hours often, so we make certain things celebrations so that it is a special time we spend with him. We also used to do this in the preschool I taught at to aid in language development.
1. Set up an a space where everyone will have enough space and be comfortable. We use a toddler size table on the patio.
2. Set it up with a tablecloth, flowers, dishes, anything you want. This is Andrew's favorite part (besides eating with dad!)
3. Make a menu with the items you will be serving.
4. At the appointed time, sit down to eat. Have one of the kids be a waiter/waitress. They will have a pad of paper that they take everybody's orders on. For kids who are younger and don't know how to write yet, you could make a list of the menu items. Draw a box next to each menu item so they can draw a dot or check mark on it so they remember what everyone wants. A picture next to the menu item helps them recognize what the menu items are. I am not elaborate on this. I draw a simple visual cue to help them remember what the item is.
5. With mom's help (or dad's) the child serves everyone their food.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The finished product:
He gets to put a picture of his choice in it.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
We revisited the zebra habitat.
Monday, June 14, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
The other day our friends Katie and Jolene came over and we made solar ovens. So easy and simple. Cut an oatmeal container in half. Cover it with aluminum foil, shiny side up, put the hot dog in it. Leave it sitting in the sun until the hot dog is cooked. We didn't leave it for very long because attention spans were short. We heated them the rest of the way in the microwave. Then we cut the hot dogs up in small pieces and threw them into some homemade mac and cheese.