Showing posts with label 4 years old. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 4 years old. Show all posts

Hands-on Learning on the Human Body for Preschoolers

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Vito is getting more interested in how his body works, especially that a few months ago, he got sick and I have to discuss some important things to him about his health and body.  With this, I started reading to him some of our body books, explaining what happens to the food that he eats, to the water that he drinks, and why he has blood when he has a cut.

Hands-on Learning on the Human Body for Preschoolers

Jigsaw Seasons Puzzle

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We love this wooden seasons puzzle (Alphabet Jigsaw Wooden Seasons Puzzle) from the company Alphabet Jigsaw (Ireland).  The boys and I love this puzzle!  Thought it’s still quite challenging for Vito to assemble, we love working on it together.  Below are some of the features why we love this puzzle to bits!

Jigsaw Seasons Puzzle

Montessori Inspired Space Themed Learning Activities

Saturday, February 10, 2018

We are moving to new things this week as Vito’s interest is starting to be directed more about his body and senses.  For the past few weeks, we’ve been doing work about the moon, the planets, and space.  Here’s a roundup of our activities in learning about the solar system and space in general (in no particular order).

Montessori Inspired Space Themed Learning Activities

Hands-on Learning of Constellations for Preschoolers

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Vito and I were exploring constellations earlier this week as we were reading about the Big Dipper.  He was fascinated that I extended our activity into pin poking to recreate the formation of the stars (constellations).

Hands-on Learning of Constellations for Preschoolers

Phases of the Moon Learning Pack

Monday, February 5, 2018

The changing of the moon’s shape has fascinated Vito.  Early this year, we’ve been seeing the moon as early as 1 pm in the afternoon, so he gets to identify and describe its shape.  He would call the shapes “small moon”, “half moon”, and “circle moon”.  With the knowledge that the moon changes its appearance, I read a few books to Vito to explain why this is happening.

Now, this post contains some of the activities we did to learn about the moon phases.  These are hands-on activities, and we used most of our printed materials from my shop.  Continue reading the post to learn more about it.

Phases of the Moon Learning Pack

Type of Clouds for Preschoolers

Sunday, January 28, 2018

I mentioned in my Instagram account that Vito is very much interested about the weather lately, and to be specific, he loves learning about clouds.  It all started when we were reading National Geographic Kids Weather book every night.  From here, he started to identify the clouds whenever we are outdoors, whether its a rainy, fluffy, or clear clouds (his own vocabulary).  So while he is still enthusiastic about it, I decided to throw a simple and not so original cloud activity.  Again, I worked on this activity with Mavi when he was 3 years old, and I am happy to do it again with Vito.

Type of Clouds for Preschoolers

Preschool Activities for the Chinese New Year

Thursday, January 25, 2018

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In celebration of the Chinese New Year, we are having a few activities at home to learn about this big celebration of the Chinese community.  Having this cultural activities is an opportunity to explore with your child about foreign countries and different culture and traditions. And because we (Filipinos) are greatly influenced by the Chinese culture, from beliefs, to food, to traditional practices we are joining and celebrating the New Year with our Chinese friends!

I came up with simple activities, again mostly reused ideas from Mavi’s time (Study of Ancient China) and some of these were from Pinterest too.  The activities aim to introduce China to Vito as well as the celebrations and traditions of the Chinese community.  I also included links to my resources so you can easily replicate these!  Enjoy!

Preschool Activities for the Chinese New Year

Arctic Diorama

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Last week, the boys and I made an arctic diorama.  I asked the boys to help me assemble a small diorama that we can place on the table for exploration and subject of discussion in the course of our polar region studies.

Arctic Diorama

Polar Activities for Preschoolers

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Here are our 9 activity trays this winter season, where in some days, Vito can finish 3 activities in a day while in some, almost none.  These ideas are good for about 2-3 weeks of learning.  Vito would also work on some non-polar activities in between, mostly practising reading with pink series, playing with our Grimm’s blocks, Legos, and just about anything he wants to do.  There are also spontaneous activities that come in between, mostly a product of discussion and as book extensions.  I mostly share these in my Instagram account, but if it’s post-worthy, you’ll be able to read it in the blog as well.

Montessori Inspired Polar Activities for Preschoolers

Winter Printables: Ten Frames Counting Activities

Monday, December 18, 2017

I am so happy to share Vito’s favourite counting activities and materials, our Ten Frames Winter printables!!!  This printable was created out of  pinetree counting sheets which I created last autumn.  It was so popular that I wanted to recreate it and at the same time, include ten frames seen in our dinosaur post which was Vito’s favourite too.  So combining these together, plus a tracing activity of numbers has led me to produce these products!

Ten Frames Counting Activities for Winter

The Nativity and Story Cards

Saturday, December 9, 2017

I love retelling the story of the nativity to our kids.  It’s been a yearly tradition that we read so many books of different versions and would even at times watch nativity movies to understand the meaning of Christmas.  This year, with Vito old enough to understand, I added some story cards and activity sheets to go along with our book reading.

Christmas Nativity Printables, Story Cards, and Activity Sheets

Hands-on Activity on Comparing Numbers

Monday, December 4, 2017

We are moving on with our math by introducing new math concepts, one of which is the more or less activity and using the greater than or less than symbol.  To do this, I made use of the holiday season’s symbols so Vito can easily relate and used manipulatives like some Christmas erasers and Montessori beads.

Comparing Numbers Worksheets for Kindergartens and Preschoolers

Christmas Themed Tray Activities for Preschoolers

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy first day of December!!!  I’ve been away for awhile, busy with life and other extra curricular things… because you know, “it’s that time of the year”.  Anyway, despite of  all the happenings, I was able to assemble these simple Christmas-themed activities for my 4 years old.  My aim here is to simply introduce the meaning of Christmas, the symbols, learning Christmas songs and a little bit of  arts and crafts.  Hope you like these activities!

Christmas Themed Tray Activities for Preschoolers

Montessori Inspired Continent 3 Part Cards and Booklet

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Vito is 4 years and Mavi is 9 years old.

One thing that I love with making our own learning materials is that I get to customize them according to the kids’ liking.  One of these materials is the continent learning printables I made last year which we often use.  At first, Vito would match it according to colors, now that he’s older, he’s trying to know the names of the continents, especially the ones where he’s been to.

Montessori Inspired Continent 3 Part Cards and Booklet

Beginning Letter Sound Activity Sheets

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Vito’s favourite work in the morning are our pink series cards (we try to work on one vowel sound a week) and these beginning sound activity sheets. I made these cards years ago (just revamped them) and used them with Mavi, it’s one of his favourite language works.  Because Mavi can write letters at 3 years old, we didn’t get to use our moveable alphabet and instead he would just write the missing letters.

Beginning Letter Sound Activity Sheets (Montessori Pink Series)

Thanksgiving Themed Rhyme and Beginning Letter Sound BINGO Game

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My 4 years old absolutely loves our Thanksgiving rhyme and beginning letter BINGO game!  He loves rhyming words, so I just have to come up with some activity to feed this interest.  Since we’ve been exploring beginning letter sounds, I also added this to our game.

Thanksgiving Themed Rhyme and Beginning Letter Sound BINGO Game

Learning Addition Using Montessori Stamp Game

Thursday, September 7, 2017

The Montessori Stamp Game is one of our favourite math materials at home.  This learning material can be used in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  And for us, this is how Mavi learned how to understand the concept of regrouping (dynamic addition).  He enjoyed this material more than any other methods of learning addition and subtraction.

Learning Addition Using Montessori Stamp Game

Weather and Clouds (FREE Cloud Cards)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

We have a brief afterschool activity on clouds and weather.   

We use the same Cloud Cards I have last year and discuss it once again.  It was quite cloudy so we just view the clouds from his room and try to identify the cloud based on his cards. We discuss each type of clouds, whether it tells us if its going to rain or to be sunny. 

For the free cards, click the picture below for the link.

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So now to recreate the clouds, we used a blue cardstock paper and some paints. We previously had this activity but used cottons for the cloud formation, this time he wanted to paint.

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That's his handwriting on the label. 

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And he wanted to add more details (black ink in the outline). 

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To recreate contrails, he made an airplane, named it BOEING 767, cut it and stick it on a paper.  He added the contrails using the white paint.

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For the weather, we watched some videos on Youtube based on the Weather Cards that we have.  We talked about the cause and effect of these weathers and if possible how to avoid calamities.

Then we tried recreating some of them.... first one is the earthquake.  The best that we do was to use his Lego.  He made a city and then he started shaking the plate pretending to have an earthquake.

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And lastly, he wanted drought.  He crumpled some brown art paper, strip them into smaller pieces and stick them individually on a piece of paper.  He made some animals dying due to water loss and made his sun reddish to indicate a very very hot day.

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We didn't get to recreate some of the weather conditions as we were also doing some school related stuff. 

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Water Cycle

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last week we had our Water Cycle activities.  My son has been watching some Make Me Genius videos and he specifically requested for this topic. 

Here are our activities and the materials we used.

Below is a printed material I got from the internet.  Since I didn't have a book to showcase the water cycle to my little I randomly search for an image that can present in detail the water cycle. The image comes from here.

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Below is a water cycle puzzle which I downloaded for free from this beautiful blog.  We worked on this last, when my son has absorbed the idea of the cycle.

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For coloring and reading practice, I got these activities sheets from Kidzone. After we read the paragraphs and color the images, he ordered the stages of the cycle.

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For a little craft and scissor practice I made him do a little project demonstrating the water cycle given the prepared materials (he prepared it with my assistance).  So with a mountain, land, sun, ocean and raindrops he arranged it in a way that it will explain how cycle works.  We used cottons for the clouds by the way.

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He asked to use water colors to make the clouds gray :)

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And this is what he came up with.  I asked him to indicate the stages so I can put a label.

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Next post is on our experiment on the water cycle and later on we'll also talk about the weather and the clouds.  Weather cards which I prepared for our weather unit is now available. Click on the picture below for the link.

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Updates on Math and Language

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

And so we've been doing language and math seriously this summer.  So here's what we have accomplished so far:

Language.  Initially we were working with kindergarten workbook, but he finished it in no time and seems bored so I upgraded him to a first grader workbook (bought it in a local bookstore) and so far he is liking it.  He loves the challenge and the work book got lots of reading comprehension exercises which I really really like. 

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And we are also working on digraphs using my Consonant Blends Worksheets. He has no problem identifying the consonant blends (beginning and ending) but when it comes to filling up the missing digraph, he's still a little bit confused in some areas.

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Math.  We are still on Booklet 2 and Addition Chart 3 of Montessori Addition.  We will proceed with Charts 4 and 5 once we're done with Booklet 2.  You can read about Montessori Addition here and download my addition booklets from Pinay Homeschooler Shop and Downloads.

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Lastly, I we're using Singapore Math workbook (K1).  Compared to the workbooks here, I love the scope of Singapore Math.  It covers graphing, logic and more.  I ordered this book from my friend lives in Singapore and they can usually be bought here: Popular Bookstore.  They're very affordable, the only problem here is shipping cost.

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