Mavi is into coloring these days and I would like share the coloring pages (with trace and draw) I made for him so you too can enjoy it!
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I’ve been working hard for the past days organizing our object baskets for Vito’s phonics practice. Vito knows his alphabet and numbers, he names half of the alphabet with their phonics sound. Like he calls letter B as “bah”, and H as “huh”. I guess this is the result of me teaching Vito the sound first, before the name of the letter itself. Something like “this is mmmmmmm, M” or “this is ssssssss, S”.
What is an Object Basket
These are baskets that contain a letter along with 3 dimensional objects to match to the letter by beginning sound. The concept behind this is similar to the object boxes of Montessori (for reading) , but we are not going there yet. The object baskets are simply for exploration, vocabulary and learning phonic sounds.
Assembling the Object Basket
Each of my basket has an uppercase and lowercase letter. We are using the letters from Hape Uppercase and Lowercase puzzles and the Munchkin foam bath letters. I wanted to add the magnetic letters from Melissa & Doug but I was thinking that there’s too much letters in basket already, so I’ll just reserve those for my future object boxes (reading).
I wanted to add sandpaper letters but mine is a DIY years ago and its incomplete. I plant to get a set this Christmas as gift to self LOL but still waiting for the discounted price (hoping!).
Gathering objects is the most exciting part. I would search in the kitchen, bedroom and my kids’ toys for appropriate objects to add in the basket. Since Vito is only 2 years old, I limit the number of objects in the basket, maybe 3 – 5 only. They don’t have that stamina and attention span for 10 objects so better keep it simple and avoid overwhelming the little ones.
Object Baskets from A to H
So I just completed these baskets, took photos and print the set so that it’s easier for me to assemble once we start with the activity (we’ll do this after the holidays). Will display this on top of our shelf and worked on it after we do our daily routine of reading books.
B Basket: book, banana, block, B foam letter and B picture booklet
E Basket: eye (McDonalds), elephant, egg (McDonalds), DIY sandpaper letter
Ideally, we will work for on one letter a week, but this doesn’t always happen. So I usually schedule the next change of basket after 2 weeks. I am still gathering up objects for my second batch. Hopefully I can finish it soon so I can share it with you. And that’s it for the first set of my object baskets! Stay tuned for second set from I to P
Hope you find this inspirational!