Showing posts with label literature. Show all posts
Showing posts with label literature. Show all posts

B4FIAR: Harold and the Purple Crayon

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:DSC_3807

Goodnight Moon Storytelling Basket

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Oh my, Goodnight Moon is one of my kids favourite books and I can’t wait to share with you the contents of our storytelling basket!  I assembled it over the weekend and both Vito and Mavi are having fun tinkering and exploring the objects. 

I read this book everynight. It’s calming, relaxing… makes them ponder of what’s out there in the night, letting them observe their room and the silence of the night.  And may I just say, there is so much love in the story.  The old lady as I would always say to the boys, is lovingly watching her little kid going to sleep, just like most Mommies do!

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Papa Get The Moon For Me Storytelling Basket

Monday, February 15, 2016

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I am very much inspired by The Imagination Tree of putting up objects as an additional tool for reading.  So I assembled a few objects for Vito’s current favourite book Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.  My little guy is so fascinated with the moon and this is the best way we can explore, imagine and learn more about it through interactive reading and storytelling.

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Learning Literature though Play-based Activities and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Thursday, January 28, 2016

We love books and most of the time its easier to have your activities revolve around that book.  Kids will have a better understanding of the story, and at the same time explore related subjects like what we did with my Grand Father’s Journey, The Glorious Flight and other Five in a Row Activities.  I shared here how we explore and dig dipper into the stories and create engaging activities to go along with it.

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Practical Life Activities @ 24 Months and {Learn & Play Link Up}

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Vito turned 2 years old last month.  Aside from the letter t sound and tree themed activities, here are the practical life activities Vito worked on:
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    1. Do-a-dot marking.  I prefer drawing the circles instead of printing those which are available in the web to save ink.  Vito loves this activity.  He enjoys stamping the circles with the markers. This is also a good shape activity because it allows the child to identify the shape in the paper before stamping it. Which reminds me that that next time we’ll do this, I’ll use squares or triangles instead of circles. 
    2. Pouring rice.  I’m using two small jugs and  coloured rice.  We’ve done this before using water, this time I changed the medium. 
    3. Stringing.  This is just a portion of Melissa & Dough beads which I got earlier this year.  I attached a wooden skillet in the string so he can easily insert the beads. 
    4. 2 Piece Farm Puzzle.  At first I gave him 3 sets to work on, and then added as he progresses.  He also loves this activity and would work on it in the afternoon.  This is a good introduction to part-and whole concept.
    5. Stickers in a line.  This is a directed sticking activity wherein Vito has to place the stickers in the lines.  He’s good at it!
    6. Scissors and playdough.  I made Vito use this plastic scissors whenever he plays the playdough so he’ll get used to it. Playdoughs are soft and can easily be cut, unlike paper which needs a sharper scissor so I think that this is a perfect material to cut for little ones.
    7. Tweezers.  We have a lot of tongs and tweezers but I have to purchase this plastic tweezer because Vito was having a hard time using the ones that we have.  This new tweezer is just perfect! It is soft, and can be easily manipulated by Vito.  It has teeth on its end so it can easily grip the object.  Vito loves using this.  But note, the end is pointy so adult supervision is a must even if this is made of plastic.
    8. Water transfer using sponge. “squeeze squeeze squeeze”, that’s Vito’s new favourite word!  he just learned that few weeks ago as he was doing this tray.  Water activity is always a favourite and Vito works on this for about 30 to 45 minutes.  Once bored with squeezing, he would automatically switch to pouring water between bowls. 
    9. Glue with brush.  There’s just so many ways to glue and one of my favourite is the glue with brush.  I made Vito use this and he works like an expert!  Those are paper cut-outs with letters on it (handwritten) so that we can name the letters as we glue them!

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Fine Motor Skills  Christmas Tree from Living Montessori Now
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B4FIAR: Jesse Bear and {Learn & Play Link Up}

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:

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Morning

We played in the yard, put on his jacket and red pants Open-mouthed smile 

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Then try to play sand just like Jesse Bear. That is Kinetic Sand and we are loving it!

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Noon Time

Lunch time, he ate some steamed veggies, then apple and drank milk.  He insisted that we place the book in his table to make sure he’s doing what Jesse Bear is doing.DSC_0627

 

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Afternoon Time

To kill time we played with colored rice and scooping because Jesse Bear was playing with his rice! 

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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!

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Bedtime

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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Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone Unit from Every Star Is Different
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Narration: Where the Wild Things Are

Saturday, August 2, 2014

We are currently doing Charlotte Mason narration style at home.  We used to do Before Five In A Row, which my son had a great time of doing all those activities related in the book.  The only problem is, they have a book list and most books in the list are out of printing.  With the narration style, we can use any book available and attack it the Charlotte Mason way :) 

So without further ado, my first specimen is my son’s favourite book Where the Wild Things Are [aff. link].  We read it, pin point the words he couldn’t understand (for vocabulary lesson) and I take down notes as well for words worthy of spelling practice.

First activity is the Story Sequence using pictures.  I scanned it from the book and have Mavi arranged it.  Afterwhich I asked him to tell me the story (in his own word) using the pictures.  I couldn’t believe he remembers 70% of  lines from the book!!

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Spelling and Vocabulary.  Then we moved on to the spelling and vocabulary.  By this time I ran out of ink so I just have to rely on my papers and sharpies LOL.  For vocabulary, I have him read the definitions (practice reading) and then the meaning.  He figured it out that he has to match them.  The same with the spelling, decoding the scrambled letters to form the right words.

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Story Sequencing using Words.  We’re doing the sequencing using words only.  This is to practice his reading analysis and skills.

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Creating and Acting.  After the oral narration, we printed graphics from Making Learning Fun and colored them so we could make them as puppets.  This approach is similar to our Hickory Dickory Duck Unit. 

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And here they are!  To assess , I made him retell the story (this was on a separate day) using the puppets and vocabulary words. 

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I was so happy that we did this!! I have never seen Mavi become interested in “home” schooling again (he’s on vacation mode LOL).  He even told me “Mommy, can we do this again?”. 

So yes! We are doing this every week.  Now I am excited for our next book narration.

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B4FIAR: Ask Mr. Bear

Monday, May 21, 2012

A few weeks ago, we rowed Ask Mr Bear and pull out a Farm Animals themed as well. My son loves this book to pieces and he can almost memorize it.  There were times I can here him do a monologue using his animal figures (Safari Toobs) basing on the story.  
Here are some pictures that best describes the activities we did to go along with the book.
Story sequencing. To make it more interesting I added the objects the animals offered to Danny as a gift for his Mom.  This printable was downloaded from Homeschool Creations.
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Identifying beginning sounds using the printable pack which I downloaded as mentioned previously.
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Where’s the Birthday Cake game which has the same mechanism as Where’s the Easter Card game.   Another favorite math game!
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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.P1040913
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.    P1040945
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Lastly, we sort zoo and farm animals. 
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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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Before FIAR: Goodnight Moon

Friday, March 30, 2012

We’ve been doing this unit for sometime now because this book is one of my son’s favorite  and he loves the activities that we do to go along with it.  Since we spent most of our afternoon outdoors, I seldom have the time to write about our updates.  To cut my rant short, this has been a week-long overdue and I just have to post it so I can brush it off my mind.  Here are the activities we did for Goodnight Moon (B4FIAR):

Identifying the things that we see inside the little bunny’s room.  I got this printables from Homeschool Share.

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As we read along the book, he would take the pictures from the left and matched it to the object in the book.
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And here, he went inside his room to identify the things that we can see there, just like the book. 
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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. 

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Identifying beginning letter using clip cards and shadow matching.                                                                                                              

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Again, practicing writing skills.

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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

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For  math, we learned about clock faces and time :) Here’s my post for this. 
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We also had number cards and counters.
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For science, we studied the phases of the moon.  Will provide a separate post on it this weekend.
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And that’s all what we had for Goodnight Moon Before FIAR.  I hope you can pick some ideas here to help you with your Before FIAR as well.  Happy weekend!
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