Showing posts with label leaves and trees. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leaves and trees. Show all posts

Our Leaf Shapes Study

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

It’s Mavi’s midterm break this week and I decided to have activities that both of the boys can do together.  First in mind is a leaf study, since we are currently surrounded by beautiful and colourful leaves.  They are just too gorgeous when they change colors and I don’t want to miss that opportunity! LOL.
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We started by reading books like Why Do Leaves Change Color and My First Montessori Book of Leaf Shapes.  These are really great books to begin with!  After which, we explored and gathered leaves from our neighbourhood for days. I remember we have to walk in different routes each day so we can gather different kinds of shapes of leaves.  I also made a Parts of a Leaf Booklet and Nomenclature Cards which we will use in our upcoming activities. 

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I hate the idea of laminating natural objects, as this takes away the feel of their natural texture.  But I read somewhere that laminating leaves preserves their color and shape for a longer time, and that’s what I did! DSC_0235
I also made these leaf shapes nomenclature cards for the boys to use.  I hand drawn these and used markers for the colors. Vito, who is currently crazy over nomenclature cards, enjoyed matching the shapes!
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These are bigger cards, which according to Mavi is way better than the ones I used to make (in 2013)  .
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And I made Mavi matched our laminated leaves to the control cards of the leaf shapes.  Some of the shapes were so difficult to identify Open-mouthed smile 
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As an extension, we did nature journaling! I attached the leaves to the board and made the boys paint their favourite leaf or leaves, taking into account the shapes.  Vito was identifying the leaves through their colors (understandable for his age) while Mavi chose “the most beautiful” leaf (but later on decided to paint some more).
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DSC_0442Vito’s work. He’s making green and red leaves.
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Mavi’s works.
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It was another successful activity on my part because the boys participated and enjoyed the activities.  Hope I will have the same response when we do parts of a leaf!

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FREE Safari Toob Tree Matching Cards

Friday, November 13, 2015

Safari Toob Tree Matching Cards Download here or click the image.
Vito uses these cards a lot in my post on TREE ACTIVITIES and even in random days, he would pick this up from shelf and work on it.
You can get the Safari Toob Tree miniature objects from here.    

How to Teach a Toddler About Trees

Monday, November 9, 2015

During the midterm break I’ve been taking the boys out because of the glorious weather.    And since whenever we’re out, Mavi would climb the trees (and Vito would do the same), I took the chance to formally introduce Vito to trees.  Since he’s able to say words straight and could grasp simple concept, it’s about time I show him the wonders of trees!

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The BEST way to learn about trees is to have a personal encounter with it.  And since we’re surround by them, we explored trees’ by climbing, touching and feeling their barks, observing the leaves colors, compare sizes and more. 

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For Vito though, trees are something that he can climb on.  Whenever he sees a tree, he would just insist to climb onto it, like the picture below.  He was just in that position for about 30 minutes, not complaining and enjoying every single moment of it.

 

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With these, I can conclude that Vito can somehow understand now that trees :

  • have leaves
  • have rough barks
  • comes in big and small sizes
  • are something we can play with

Now, for extensions,  I also prepared simple tree-themed activities for Vito at home for indoor play and learning.  Here are the trays I prepared for him:

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Counting Trees.  Vito loves this! I stamped four dots in the paper with a number symbol and we count as we place a tree on each dot.  I used a do-a-dot marker for this.

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Matching Trees (Abstract-Abstract).  Remember when we worked on leaves and he’s not interested in matching cards at all?  Well, that changed now as he was able to work on our matching tree cards without hesitation!  And yes he completed the four pairs with much concentration. I love it!  You can get these beautiful cards from here or click the image below.

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Tree Puzzle.  He loves working on tree puzzle but somehow, our tree puzzle is still too complicated for his age.  He knows where to place the roots and trunk as of the moment, but finds it hard to fit them in the puzzle board.  So what I do is just ask him where the piece is supposed to go, he points and I do the fitting.

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Tree Matching.  Similar matching activity as above, but in this case we are using a tree figure and matching it to cards.  We are doing lots of matching activities as this introduces early math concepts and object discrimination.  Tree figures are from Safari Toobs.

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Books.  These are the books that we focused on during the week of our tree themed activities: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and The Acorn’s Story, both of which are so enjoyable to read!

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And how long do we have this for a theme? Mostly for 7-10 days!  Of course, these are just some of the thing he does, he also plays with his toy and read book, learn letters and numbers.  It’s just that I love introducing new concept/s each week and in a way its easier for me to focus on just one or two things.

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FREE Autumn Leaves Matching Cards and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

matching cardsBeautiful autumn leaves matching cards for everyone!  I made this for Vito for matching activity as he loves to match these days.  But Vito wasn’t into this.  I discovered that he’s more interested in matching real objects to the cards (abstract presentation).  So for now, we’ll be doing more of that.  I’ll try to test him again in a few weeks if he’s interested using matching cards (abstract object matching).  For now, enjoy our autumn leaves!  (Click any of the images for the link or here).
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Letter L: Leaf Activities in Autumn

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

We are joining the bandwagon of autumn-themed activities and for Vito, we’re having leaf activities! 

Leaf Color Matching

Got these beautiful craft leaves from a local store and used it for sorting colors.  I just dumped them in a container and would take each one, then mention the color and place it to where it belongs.  Vito loves calling out their names!  I am not sure if he could recognize colors yet, it’s a hit or miss for him.  It’s a challenge to put up a color sorting activity for him so I put on extra effort on making it fun like making noises or funny sounds as I drop the leaf to the sorted group.

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We also tried putting them in bowls. Again, this is another try for him to get him interested.  To put twist, we try to shoot the leaves into the bowls.

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He loves to shoot the them, which got him hooked as he enjoyed it tremendously!

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Leaf Shapes

So I got a book My First Montessori book of Leaf Shapes from Amazon and used it to identify the shapes of the leaves we picked during our nature walk.   The book is actually for Mavi but Vito enjoyed viewing it as well.  Mavi and I talked about the organic shapes in the past few years, of how different they are from the geometric shapes that he knew.  The book is perfect for exploring other organic shapes if you are not really familiar with it.  This was inspired by Kylie’s post.

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This was Mavi’s idea of creating a gallery of leaves in the hallway.  Because it mostly rain in our area, this was a brilliant idea of preserving the leaves we collected and view them whenever we can.

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I love seeing them working together Smile  This technique works best for us, Vito always wanted to do what his brother is doing, so I have to create activities that both them can enjoy.

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Once they are dry, I put them on the wall for Vito to view and touch.

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Counting Leaves

If Mavi loves letters at young age, Vito is into numbers and counting.  He counts and counts all the time!  So this activity of counting leaves was a total hit! Not to mention the biting of the number foam Open-mouthed smile

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Leaf Prints

Playdough activities are always a favourite in the house.  I encourage him to press, and press harder so we can make prints.  So far, he’s just using his pointer finger even if I would demonstrate to use his palm.

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And he loves to peel off the leaf from the dough, perfect  pincer grasp activity!

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Upon seeing the prints, he said “wow!”.  Glad that he’s able to appreciate the effect of his actions LOL.

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Letter L Craft

This has got to be a weekly activity, of making simple letter craft that we can post on the wall for letter recognition.  We’re using uppercase letters as of the moment. I’m not putting so much effort on the alphabets as of the moment as he’s quite not interested yet.  Maybe in a few months, he’ll be able to pick up on letters as I will continuously expose him to them, especially introducing upper and lowercase letters.

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Autumn Colors

Another shared activity for the two.  I traced Vito’s hand and asked Mavi to paint me a tree (with Vito’s hand as a trunk/branches) with autumn colors. 

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As I mentioned, Vito ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to imitate his brother.

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Mavi picked yellow, red and orange and used the dabbing technique as it makes it look more like leaves.  Please forgive the appearance of my not so beautiful toes and slippers LOL.

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Letter L Object Basket

Objects in the basket: sandpaper letter homemade, letter L from Munchkins, leaves, lemon and lion

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And this is what he does with the leaves!  So unfortunate the weather was pretty bad, we couldn’t do it outdoors with the real ones.  Crossing fingers for Mr Sun in the next few days before winter arrives Open-mouthed smile

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