Saturday, September 25, 2010
Tot School - Letter C
It was good to take last week off, and take a nice vacation with my Hubby's family, and then unpack and relax the rest of the week, but it was nice to get back to school this week, too. :) We tackled the letter C, and enjoyed it very much. :)
Here is our morning board for the week:
Z learned his verse very well, and if you can't tell, the song is O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E from Patch the Pirate, a favorite from my childhood, and he learned that really well, too, so we sing it often - such great words about obedience! Our Bible story was Jonah, and when we reviewed it today I asked him where God asked Jonah to go, and he answered "Nineveh!" :)
Here he is doing his Starfall calendar:
We play Starfall most every day, he will play while I'm folding laundry behind him.
He earned a few more new sight words this week! He also earned 'up' later in the week, too, but I didn't get a picture of the wall again. Also - though he knows these words on these cards, he can't always recognize them in books - is that weird? Does that mean he doesn't really know the sight words? A friend suggested that it is because of the different fonts in children's books, and I thought that was a very logical explanation. Anyone else have any tips/ideas?
We picked up an Aqua Doodle mat at our local thrift store last week for fifty cents! We have been using an envelope sealer as a marker, since it didn't come with any markers or anything. Z loves it! He drew a potato - can you see it (near his head)? :)
We also used the back of the mat when he played with his bottle cap word cards, but it was slippery and we almost fell a couple times, so we won't do this often - but maybe on the living room carpet, it might keep these kind of learning activities that have little pieces more contained! When I got the word cards out, he found his name by sight, so that was exciting, and he also found the m and p from camp & matched them up before getting distracted by something else. :)
We used our consonant cards to introduce the letter C (and review B).
We also did our A-C clothespin cards, but I didn't take any pictures. :)
We used our C playdough mat this week - here's Z showing off his ring (he wanted to keep it on till Daddy got home, but I talked him into just taking a picture instead):
We also traced on the mat with wipe-off markers:
He played with his alphabet desk this week, and was able to find several of the lowercase letters!
We always have a good time with our letter collages! We added glue to our letter C this week...
and then we stuck on some cotton balls! Z loves cotton balls!!!
Here's our letter C:
Then we mixed up some puffy paint (3/4 cup shaving cream with 1/4 cup white glue), though we put too much shaving cream in ours this time and it didn't dry well! :( Anyhow, we measured it out...
mixed it up...
and had fun with it!
We made clouds on blue paper, which was a lot of fun!
We even painted with the spatula some!
We went for a bike ride this week, and Z pedaled around quite well on his little trike!
He rode all the way down a kind of big hill from the basketball court at camp to our house - I was very proud! When we bought the bike in April, he had no clue how to pedal and had a really hard time with it, so he has learned a lot in the last few months! :)
My Tiny Tot
Natalie's biggest accomplishment this week was pulling up to stand! She will pull up on boxes & stuff around the house, but she hadn't pulled up in her crib yet. Then Friday night I laid her in bed, and after a few minutes, she started SCREAMING, so I ran in to see what was wrong. The poor thing was standing in her crib, with a death grip on the bars, petrified about falling, and with no idea how to get down. Hilarious! :) I calmed her down and she went right to sleep and to my knowledge it hasn't happened again! :) Here she is standing up one morning:
I got a new hiking backpack for $1 at a local thrift store - here she is enjoying it on our walk this week:
And, for her next trick, she will read a book! :) Okay, not really, but she loves to play with books and I thought it was cute:
I try to read a book every day with just her before she goes down for her nap (and after Z lays down). She loves reading already!!!! :) I especially enjoy reading touch and feel books to babies at this age, they are so enthralled by the textures. :)
Here she is sleeping like a rock just when it is time to leave for church (just for fun!):
Well, that's it for us this week! To see what others are doing for Tot School this week, head over to 1+1+1=1!