Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Vito is 40 months old.
I’m always in search of new learning games and activities to try with Vito. Vito is quite a challenge. He’s a little bit picky with activities, he always wants it to be interesting, some sort of a game. He is currently in a sensitive period with letters, always singing the song, identifying letters in books, pretending to read words, completing his alphabet puzzles and more. He knows the letter sounds and can identify uppercase and lowercase, so I’m moving forward to phonics and CVC reading practise in our language activities at home. To start with, we are practising how to identify beginning letter sound of “objects” in picture format. I know, I should be doing objects, but Vito is always distracted with objects. He sees them as toys, not a language learning material. We don’t get things done whenever I use objects because we end up playing. So I’m sticking with picture cards for the moment, it’s working on his part. Whenever he sees a picture card, he would name it and emphasize the beginning letter sound. This was our first try, and we’ve been doing this activity occasionally. Lately, I acquired an extra tiny bag from my Stereognostic material and I made use of it in this game. We often use moveable alphabet but Vito insisted to use the Hape Uppercase Puzzle (he loves this puzzle!).
Friday, January 27, 2017
Vito is 38 months old.
I am so excited that I finally found a way to keep Vito engaged in the alphabet sorting activity. You see we always sort out objects according to their letter sound (see it here), but my problem is that Vito is more interested with the objects rather than participating in the activity. The moment I opened the box for us to sort, he would take away one object at a time and he refuses to do the activity and would play instead. Now this is fine, I have no problems with it. In fact, this happened to Mavi too. I let them play with the objects first but then would ask them to participate in the activity right after. It was temporary for Mavi, he loved sorting objects according to beginning letters rather than playing with them. As for Vito, it’s different. He is still in a stage of being “playful” so our sorting activities are sometimes a struggle. He knows how to do it, but refuses because of the object.
My solution: I tried using a printed image instead of the objects and tada, he finished everything in a matter of seconds! With this, we are going to work on printed materials for now, and maybe mix it with objects occassionally just to test whether he has overcome his obsession with tiny figures.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Vito is currently working hard learning his letters, sounds and expanding his vocabulary. Due to weather constraint we are mostly stuck at home, therefore the lack of outdoor nature studies. So our mornings are mostly spent for his “homeschool”. We are busy reading books, learning letters, doing writing and practical life activities.
In this post, I would like to share Vito’s language lessons which you can try in your homes as well. Remember my post on booklets? I mentioned in the post that at home we’re learning letters and their sounds in groups (color coded). First group is RAMF-BITG, second is CUSN-POLH and lastly DEXQY-WXZKVJ. This idea came from My Montessori Journey, one of my favourite blogs dated back in 2010. Read more about this grouping here.
Monday, September 19, 2016
This was the week that Vito wasn’t in the mood to work on any letter activity. Yes, it happens. You can see the result of it in his work, which you will see when you scroll down. But anyway, I just wanted to share these activities and the materials we used so you will know where to get some alphabet sheets resources.
Sunday, May 22, 2016
This week, Vito and I are exploring beginning letter sounds through objects we can find at home. This is very similar to the Alphabet Sort Montessori Inspired activity, but in our case we are not sorting the objects yet. What Vito and I are doing is to just name or identify the objects and match them to our control sheet.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
I always find it hard to get Vito to do alphabet activities with me. Mavi was already learning how to spell 2.5 years old and although Vito knows the letters and sounds they make, he’s still not at it when it comes to doing the activities.
So I started reading my favourite blogs (since 2010) and came across these activities from NurturingLearning.com. These activities requires movements which Vito loves to do to keep him engaged in alphabet activities.
Saturday, January 30, 2016
The third and last set of My Alphabet Picture booklet is now published in my Sellfy Shop. This set contains the pictures of objects starting with DEXQYZVWJK.
A little introduction for this activity and the reason behind this booklets can be can be read here.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
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This object basket series has been a popular post and I’m glad that it gave so much inspiration to all Moms and homeschoolers. Before the year ends, I’m sharing with you our second set of the object baskets and this includes letters I to P. But before you dig into this post, I suggest that you read the first part of this series to understand what it is for and how we use them at home for learning.
Object Baskets I to L
This is my guide for next year’s activities on learning letters. This will be fun!
For letters A to H, click the images below:
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Sunday, December 13, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
What is an Object Basket
Assembling the Object Basket
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!).
Object Baskets from Letters A to H
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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
My greatest challenge as of the moment is how to make Vito interested in letters. Of course he loves them, but not in the way that Mavi does. I know, I shouldn’t compare… reason why I try to give him stimulating and fun activities to get him interested in letters. It was different during Mavi’s time. Mavi had my undivided attention while with Vito, I feel that he always get the short end of the stick. Good thing Mavi is now back in school so I have time to focus on Vito in the mornings (in the midst of chores!).
- To kids, this is just play and children learn best when they are happy, enjoying and stimulated.
- Understanding what the letter represents by making a sound
- Hand muscle exercise as a result of grasping and digging through the bowl of rice
- Letter recognition by feeling the letters, ingraining the picture of the letters in their minds
- Early discrimination skills (for matching)
- Sensorial experience influence the development of brain pathways, thus it improves mental capacity to learn
How it works:
Hide the letters (foam, magnetic or wooden letters) in a bowl of rice (or beans) and let your little ones find them.
Dig dig dig! While they can use scoops or other materials, I prefer using their bare hands for the ultimate sensory experience! As they discover the letter, let them feel it and I would sound it for him to follow. As an extension, I made him match the letters to the one written on the paper as he loves matching.
He was so fascinated with the rice sticking on his hand!
Oh boy he was hooked! He had so much fun digging through the rice and and discovering the letters! Simple and easy to prepare isn’t it?
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Vito and I has started our letter sound of the week activities. I guess most of you are already familiar with it. It’s basically a curriculum wherein you introduce and focus on one letter sound a week. It’s a famous curriculum used for ages 2 – 4 years old (or below). I used this with Mavi and was totally effective, so I decided to do it as well with Vito.
I’ve gathered fun letter activities from our previous linkup and you can try any of these to your kids. They are fun, engaging and easy to prepare! You will find the links after the image.
Featured Posts for Spring Flowers this Week:
B is for Boat from Every Star is Different
T is for Transportation Unit from Study at Home Mama
U is for Underground, Montessori Inspired Homeschool for Toddlers Star Themed, Dog Themed Unit from Golden Reflections Blog
F is for Fire: Teaching Phonic Sounds from Study at Home Mama
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Monday, April 27, 2015
We've started our letter sound of the week activities a few weeks ago. Vito is 18 months and based on my observation, he is ready to learn letter sounds as he started to say a few words and can mimic letter sounds as I say it to him.
This letter of the week curriculum is basically not new. There are a lot of variations out there on teaching one letter a week. However, I have come up with my own activities and method of implementing it. I have used this curriculum with Mavi and it has worked for us so I am using it again with Vito. The order of the letter sound that I am going to introduce to Vito by default is from a to z (with emphasis on the small letter) but of course it may change as we progress depending on his needs, interest and availability of materials.
For those who are new to this, the basic idea is to focus on only one letter sound at a time (a week or more). Instead of having a specific theme that corresponds to a letter sound, we will try to use all the objects in our Letter Sound Basket in our activities to add variety. I also added tray works that introduce basic concepts like colours, shapes and numbers.
Okay some of you might ask me how we do this? Well on a daily basis here’s our schedule we work most of these in the morning, after reading books. One to two activities a day for about 15 minutes in the morning and if he’s into it in the afternoon, then we do another one. Afternoon activities are sometimes skipped, as he prefers playing with big brother. What is mostly achieved in the afternoon is reading books as we do it all together, while cuddling in bed.
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Letter ‘a’ sound basket. Contains the objects we used and the letters. In here you see an ambulance, alligator, apples, big letter A from Munchkins, magnetic letter A/a from Melissa & Doug (this was Mavi’s and an all time favourite!) and my homemade sandpaper letter.
Letter ‘a’ craft. I made a small letter a on a piece of cardstock and have Vito stamp it with Do-a-Dot markers. Once dry, I cut it out and form it into an apple. I pinned this in our learning wall. By the way, these markers are really really good! We’ve used them in so many ways and they were still Mavi’s! Can you believe that?? It lasted for so many years without drying!
Note: Vito enjoyed this activity so much. He can stamp more letter a’s than I could have imagine LOLApple 1:1 correspondence. Using the IKEA Ice Tray and Learning Resource Fruit Counters, this 1:1 correspondence teaches little ones basic math concept. I count as Vito places a green apple in the moulder.
Note: This is one activity that stayed in the shelf for two weeks. Vito loves putting the apples into the moulder and putting them back again in the container. Sometimes he would spill them and put them back again. We do this activity almost every day to introduce counting.
Alligator peg board. Because alligator have sharp teeth, we use this FantaColor peg board to practice fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. Can Vito really insert the pegs in the hole? Well it is a hit or miss! And that’s what’s good about it, he keeps on trying :D Our version is the portable one that comes with a bag and with different peg sizes. I chose this so both Vito and Mavi can use it. The alligator is from Schleich (oh he loves this!).
Note: As mentioned, this activity is a hit or miss. There were times he loves doing this because he can easily pin the pegs… but he gets impatient and lose interest when he can’t pin them in the hole.
Circle shape sorter. The shape for this week is circle, since it is the closest shape to an apple. We used our Playskool Shape Sorter (this was Mavi’s) and we only use the circle shape. As I mentioned previously, one at a time. So here, just the circle shape so he can easily identify which hole and will not be overwhelmed.
Note: This technique has worked with Mavi and it worked with Vito as well.
Gluing circles. I’m hitting three birds in one stone here, sensorial activity while learning the circle and red colour. We did this a couple of times, first using liquid glue and the other glue stick. He doesn’t like both LOL But he loves putting the cut-out circle shapes in the big circle.
Note: While doing this activity, I would say “this is a circle”, “let’s stick the red circles in the big circle”. Mention the key words like “circle”, “red”, “stick” or “glue”. As mentioned, Vito doesn’t like the feel of blue or something sticky. But that’s okay, Mavi was like that too. It’s part of learning right?
Eating apples. Of course, snacks include apples!
Note: What could say? He loves eating!
Green and red colour. I’ve been introducing colours since Vito turned 1, and even though we still work on our red basket, I still include colour sorting in our weekly activities so he can differentiate the two colours. Here I used craft pompoms to be sorted out. He doesn’t sort, I do most of it. I’ll try first, showing what to do and let him try a few.
Note: Again, hit or miss here. There were times he’s doing it right, and sometimes he randomly puts them anywhere. He loves our green and red apples the best though :D
Ambulance prints. Vito loves paints and we do painting as much as possible. We are using Giotto Bebe fingerpaints, which I totally love because it doesn’t have a smell! And I love how creamy the paints are.
Note: Another favourite in the house! He can do this for around 30 minutes uninterrupted. But be sure to keep an eye on the kids. Even if the paints used is non-toxic and washable, these still are not edible!
Recommended books that will go along with it:
Now, see them all in action!
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Saturday, April 25, 2015
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This an update of Mavi’s language materials. I try my best to spend at least 20 minutes on Mavi (one-on-one) whenever I need to discuss a new subject. After which, he works independently using the worksheets.
These are the language materials I picked for him to use at home.
First Language Lessons (Vol1)
This was the first book I got for Mavi. I love the depth of the book and I must say a good book to introduce grammar to a child. The only setback is that it is repetitive. Noun is discussed in almost half of the book. I have to skip a few chapters because of that. But somehow, it worked for Mavi. We have not opened this book for ages, yet he still remembers what is a noun, a proper noun and a common noun. He can still memorize the poems in the book! The memorization work here is amazing!
Simplicity at its best! I like how straightforward this book is (brief description) and has lots of great activities afterwards (sheets). My son loves the outlined pictures because he can colour them :) Hopefully we can move on to Grade 2 before next school year.
This is important to me. Mavi is a good reader and it would be put to waste if I will not help him comprehend and understand what he is reading. We barely used this book as of the moment as we’ve been busy for the past weeks. We usually do this before bedtime. We read the story and do the activity the next day.
I seldom use this as Mavi is not fond of using them. I only get to use the symbols (for now) whenever I needed to introduce a new topic.
I use this mainly for spelling, as English spelling in UK and Ireland is different in the US. This is the standard curriculum used in Britain and Ireland.
So how we schedule our grammar/language lessons?
As I said, about 20 minutes a day afterschool if I need to discuss a new topic. But for independent work no time limits, as long as he finishes his tasks before bedtime :D
More language activities here:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
My books from Book Depository arrived yesterday. We were able to work on some grammar lessons using First Language Lessons Vol 1. I have heard good reviews about this book (and the series) so I’m giving it a try. The tools used in the book are memory work, copywork, narration and grammar (leading to a Charlotte Mason’s principles). I observed the A LOT of repetitions though. But that’s fine with me. I have nothing against that technique worked for me, especially with mathematics. In case its too much for my son to handle I’ll just skip some pages LOL.
For our history, I got The Story of the World Vol 1. I love world history and I can’t wait to use this with Mavi. I bought a hardcopy of the book but purchased a PDF version of the activity book so I can reuse it with Vito.
Will update more on this as we progress. Happy Wednesday!
Thursday, September 18, 2014
At home, we’re using the Montessori approach in teaching the English grammar.
Instead of grammar farm, we used Legos and animal figures set-up in an Arctic/Antarctic Expedition. From here, I made Mavi identify the nouns.
I made this definition cards for his guide.
And I made him work the other way around, Mavi creating a sentence using the symbol sequence I made.
Surprisingly, he enjoyed this activity. He enjoys identifying the correct grammar symbol and loves creating sentences. We will be doing much of this work and as he progresses, I’ll introduce adverbs, conjunction, pronoun, interjection and preposition.More activities here Follow Pinay Homeschooler's board Language on Pinterest.