Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Friday, March 3, 2017
I love book extension activities. This is one of the reasons why I enjoy doing Before Five In a Row with the boys. So when I introduced the book Harold and the Purple Crayon, I knew that its a story that we can explore beyond than just reading. The book itself is enjoyable to read, engaging and the boys found it funny. Vito was glued to it for a long time. At times, he would even “pretend” to read it by himself, mimicking how I read it to him at night.
If you love this book, or if you plan to get one (highly recommended!) I listed below the areas of learning we touched by just doing this simple easy to set-up activities:
Sunday, October 23, 2016
My boys love Goodnight Moon and we have read it numerous times already. You can see our previous activity of the book from here. Now that Vito is a lot more older, I assembled these activity trays for him to work on as a book extension. I don’t have a guide for Before FIAR, so all of these activities are either sourced from the internet or invented by yours truly.
Note: All of the printables here are homemade and you can find them in my shop.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
I am starting Before Five in a Row with Vito. I am a fan of FIAR and I’ve been doing it with Mavi for years.
Last week, we did Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Vito loved it instantly! He can relate to the daily activities of Jesse Bear and how amazing he recognizes most of it as part of his routines. Like changing his shirt, high chair and mealtime, bath time and when running towards Daddy when my husband arrives from work.
Now here are the activities we did to go along with Jesse Bear:
We played in the yard, put on his jacket and red pants
Then try to play sand just like Jesse Bear. That is Kinetic Sand and we are loving it!
To kill time we played with colored rice and scooping because Jesse Bear was playing with his rice!
We also played matching shoes game! When your child is about 1.5yrs old, they’re able to discriminate objects. Try matching games as simple as matching their shoes! Vito is such an expert!
Vito’s bedtime routine includes brushing his teeth (like Jesse Bear), washing his face and putting on his PJs. I say this out loud as I do it so he’ll understand what we are doing. And just like what I did with Mavi, I would read him books while I put him to bed. This actually calms him down…. and make us both sleepy LOL.
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- Tot and Preschool Trays
- Fine and Gross Motor Activities
- Kids in the Kitchen
- Healthy Recipes for Kids
- Arts and Crafts
- Natural Living
- Free Educational Printables
- Family-Oriented Activities
- Healthy Living
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Monday, May 21, 2012
Here are some pictures that best describes the activities we did to go along with the book.
Identifying beginning sounds using the printable pack which I downloaded as mentioned previously.
Where’s the Birthday Cake game which has the same mechanism as Where’s the Easter Card game. Another favorite math game!
Oh and this is exactly the reason why I seldom have time to post. This is out of topic, but we really really love playing outdoors.
Animal farm family matching game. The cards can be downloaded here. Well this is just my version, I made this because I was inspired by My Montessori Moments who has a COMPLETE set of animal families for download.
Lastly, we sort zoo and farm animals.
I am looking forward of rowing this again, and hopefully by then I have enough idea, resources and time to carry out additional activities.
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Monday, April 2, 2012
Here’s the Moon unit we did for the past few days to go along with our Goodnight Moon Before FIAR.
Read books which I borrowed a few books from the library aside from the ones we already have.
My son can now appreciate space facts, astronauts, rocket ships and planets. Unlike the first time we had the moon unit.
The space toob which was a gift for him was very useful during his play pretend of space and planets.
Now on serious stuff, I discussed the the position of the moon, earth and sun in space.
Then I talked about the moon revolving around the earth and that the earth revolves around the sun. I demonstrated this using our felt planets and he was fascinated. He tried doing it by himself.
Then we worked on the phases of the moon. I was very careful telling him that there’s only one moon but it looks different from time to time. Since this topic is a bit complicated for a 3 year old, I just compared to it making faces. Sometimes we look sad, happy or mad but we only have one face. And with this, he started making faces as well... just funny that he was able to get the point somehow.
Here he worked on the nomenclature cards of the phases of the moon.
And using felt moons, we talked about the moon getting bigger and getting smaller.
I made him worked through the phases by positioning the moon phases as to the ones on the book. From here, I asked him on what side does the moon gets bigger or smaller.
So everytime we’re outdoors, and he would see the moon, I love that he would describe it to me as “it’s a gibbous moon” or “it’s a crescent moon”... not just “ a moon”. As a mom, it really makes you happy that your child digest what you have taught them :)
Over the weekend, we made a hanging moon phases and placed it on our verandah. I cut out the shapes of the phases and my son covered it with kitchen foil.
Here they are... the phases of the moon all in silver!
Then I put it all together and hanged them for us to look at each night :) The camera though cannot do justice on how good it looked during the day, especially when the sun would shine on it... it sparkles!
And the silhouette looks lovely too!
I hope you enjoyed reading my post. These days, I really don’t have the luxury of time to make an update so I just try to post as much photos to describe what we did. Till next time!
Friday, March 30, 2012
We worked on the printables that I got from Homeschool Creations. This is the Read,Write and Spell... and instead of forming the words using magnetic letters like we used to, this time I had him write it on a paper to practice writing skills.
Identifying beginning letter using clip cards and shadow matching.
Again, practicing writing skills.
We also read read the book Hey Diddle Diddle which I got from the library. And made these stick puppets as we recite the rhyme. Read about the whole activity here.