As promised, I will share some of the activities -- even the flops -- that we did each day. I would LOVE to hear back from people if they try any of the activities. Please leave a comment on the blog -- tell me what works, share new ideas and new activities. I REALLY want to hear from you and learn from you too!
The Toddler -- Ceci's work today focused on color recognition, matching, sorting, counting, and fine motor skills.
Materials Needed -- Paper, Crayons, M&Ms (although an assortment of any colorful items will work)
|Ceci hard at work!|
On a piece of paper, I colored a square for four colors: green, blue, red and yellow. I then gave Ceci an M&M and she placed it on the color coordinating square. As she placed the M&M, we practiced saying our colors, and of course, Ceci ate them as she went. After she got the hang of the activity, we poured out some more M&Ms, and I asked her to get all the blue M&Ms and place them on the blue square, then the red, the green, etc. Once the M&Ms were sorted by color, we practiced counting them. As she finished eating her treat, we read a book about colors.
Reflection -- The activity really held Ceci's attention, which was a huge plus. In the future, I will probably try to use something other than M&Ms just to minimize the sugar intake.
The 1st Grader -- Today was "Writing Wednesday" for Laila. To celebrate our first ever "Writing Wednesday," we started Laila's Writer's Notebook by creating an Alpha-Genre.
Materials -- Notebook, Crayons, Markers, Pen/Pencil, Book is optional
I read Laila the book "Written Anything Good Lately?" And then we began to brainstorm different topics she would be interested reading, researching, and writing about. As a way to record all of her ideas, we made the Alpha-Genre. For the Alpha-Genre, Laila brainstormed a writing topic for each letter of the alphabet. She recorded down her topic and drew an accompanying picture.
|The starting phase...|
|The final product!|
Reflection -- I really enjoyed this activity, because it allows Laila to explore and write about topics that intrigue her. Laila loved it because she said -- and I quote -- "this really shows my interesting personality." On future "Writing Wednesdays," Laila will have opportunities to select an Alpha-Genre box to work with. I cannot wait to read what she comes up with :)