Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
A long overdue post of our letter B activities. Vito is currently sick so I barely have time to post. We are not doing any “homeschool” activities except for reading books and play with his farm set. Below are some ideas for learning letter B sound and prewriting activities.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
Vito is 28 months old.
Vito is currently in his sensitive years and I am taking advantage of this period as he’s really into ALL our activities, positioning himself in his table asking for something to “play”. So this week, we started with letter R. Why letter R and not A? Well, I decided to follow the RAMFBITG method of introducing letter sounds to Vito. To know why, read about it here.
Saturday, March 12, 2016
These are the activities designed for Vito for this month as we are celebrating springtime integrating St. Patrick’s Day and Easter. Materials used are provided below for your reference.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
I was reading my old blog the other day (private) and I am amazed on how I recorded Mavi’s learning curve week by week. Mavi enjoys reading that blog now! I just have to say that it is quite different when you have one child, you have focus, you have MORE time and well, I was organized. Now, I’m managing and engineering a bigger household, with a school boy and a hyperactive toddler, I barely have time to blog.
So now, I will start writing about Vito’s activities in a week. I have to put a little effort on this, for keeping memories and for Vito to read someday. Currently, we’re not following schedule of doing totschool weekly. There are days when we do a lot of activities, and there are times when I just whip anything that goes into my mind.
Vito is 26 months old.
Saturday, November 21, 2015
Vito’s activities last week revolves around the letter ‘t’. As you all know, we’re working with letter sounds for a while and funny how he’s able to name alphabets using their sounds these days instead of their names LOL. The unit is not just actually a week’s work, but it took us 2 weeks TO get over with the materials and activities, because Vito kept using them! Let me share with you activities we did to explore and learn objects with the letter ‘t’ sound.
Lettet T Object Basket. Let’s start with our object basket. I filled it with 3-4 objects starting with letter t that Vito uses a lot at home like torch, telescope/binoculars, teeth and Titanic LEGO made by Mavi. Then added a few letters like this foam letter from Munchkins (Vito used to bite these!) and the all time favourite letters from Hape.
Train Shape Cards. I made these! I’m so happy on how it turned out. The train plus the DIY air dry clay shapes are currently Vito’s favourite activity. He loves matching the shapes to that in the train!
That’s his brother’s sleep mask (from Emirates), which is his favorite accessory as of the moment.
Color Sorting using Transport Counters. The counters are from Learning Resources and this is one of our favourites! The train cards are DIY: using a train coloring image, I printed it in different colors of cardstock and laminated it.
He worked on them but doesn’t stay long. As I previously said, color sorting is NOT his favourite thing as of the moment. But even so, I still would introduce different kinds of color activities just in case he might find his interest.
Counting. Vito loves to count, it’s like effortless in my part to make him count and identify numbers. He counts on his own and is always giddy whenever he sees numbers. So this turtle activity is his favourite. We just don’t have enough turtle figures to count up to 10 LOL. The turtle counters are from Safari Toob. We previously worked on trees as well for our letter t unit. Check it out here
Brushing of Teeth Teeth. Our model of mouth/teeth is just so awesome! Vito is fascinated with this and loves brushing it with his toothbrush LOL. This is a wonderful practical life activity, especially to those little ones who are hesitant to brush their teeth Know where you can get these teeth model here.
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
I love nuts! We’ve got plenty around the house, thus I decided to come up with activities for Vito since he’s been seeing them around the house and loves to play with my walnuts.
Letter N Object Basket. Reinforce literacy, letter ‘n’ symbol and phonics, vocabulary, and verbal skills. In the basket we have: nine, upper and lowercase N/n, necktie, DIY sandpaper ‘n’, nuts.
Hammering Peanuts. This is a practical life activity that develops hand and eye coordination, and develop those hand and arm muscles. I first set it up in a tray, but the peanuts were slipping so I had to put cling film to hold them. Vito loves physical activities so he enjoyed this. The only drawback is that the hammer that we used were so tiny
Letter N Craft. I always make sure to include crafts in our weekly activities. My main goal here is for Vito to practice his manual dexterity like squeezing the glue, picking up small objects or pencils. Now that he’s familiar with glue, I gave him a glue with small opening for him to squeeze it.
Here he is applying peanut shells on the letter N. Improves pincer grasp through picking up small objects. Note to parents: always supervise your children when dealing with small objects.
Color Green. I’m introducing letter green this week. I gathered a few objects from his toys and place them all in a basket.
And we painted green in an A3 paper. Working with one color a week works for him.
When they dried up, we place them on the wall for everyday viewing.
Nut Matching. For visual discrimination (difference in objects), widen vocabulary and concentration.
Counting Walnuts. Builds early number and counting skills.
Forming Shapes using Nuts. Teaches shapes, fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination. This is Vito’s idea! I made a circle using the walnuts then he took the circle puzzle and place it in the middle, matching them together. Brilliant! We practice some more by drawing shapes on a piece of paper and he would trace the line using the peanut shells to form the shape. He enjoyed it!
And that’s about it! And what I happened to the nuts? I’m still consuming them LOL.
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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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