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Vito uses these cards a lot in TREE ACTIVITIES and even in random days, he would pick this up from shelf and work it.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Beautiful 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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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.
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.
He loves to shoot the them, which got him hooked as he enjoyed it tremendously!
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.
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.
I love seeing them working together 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.
Once they are dry, I put them on the wall for Vito to view and touch.
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
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.
And he loves to peel off the leaf from the dough, perfect pincer grasp activity!
Upon seeing the prints, he said “wow!”. Glad that he’s able to appreciate the effect of his actions LOL.
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.
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.
As I mentioned, Vito ALWAYS ALWAYS wanted to imitate his brother.
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.
Letter L Object Basket
Objects in the basket: sandpaper letter homemade, letter L from Munchkins, leaves, lemon and lion
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
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Last week's activities. Sorry if I have to flood this post with pictures as I am short on words. Migraine affects my thinking most of the time :(
Leaf prints. We did not do much of this as Mavi told me they were also doing this in school.
And instead of bark rubbings (it rained the entire week), we talked about how the leaves and trees changes according to seasons.
Note: We were supposed to have leaf shapes as well. We did this last year and my son had fun collecting leaves from our estate and at the park. Unfortunately, the weather did no cooperate and we ended up staying at home the whole time we're doing this unit. I was quite disappointed. But... since summer is not over yet, we'll try to have this one when Mr Sun will shine brightly again.
And I could not find my leaf sorting cards! And with that I might have a little re-organizing and cleaning up to do next month.