Last week, Vito refused to do any of our language activities, so worked mostly on practical life, counting, sorting and storytelling. He also started walking to Mavi’s school (no buggy!) despite that it’s a 30 to 45 minutes walk roundtrip. This lessens our time for “preschool” in the morning since we have to leave early.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Vito is 34 months old.
It’s that time of the year when my kids get to see a lot of human skeleton hanging everywhere! No wonder October is the best time to introduce the human skeleton to your kids. Vito is in the “what’s that” stage and he’s been asking me a lot of question lately about these “funny” costumes and the hanging bones. So I gathered a few old and new learning materials for him so I can introduce these amazing body system.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Hello everyone! We only have two more weeks before school opens so I decided to postpone Vito’s Fruits and Art Unit for the rest of the month so I can spend quality time with the boys and not think about activity preparations. With this I’m sharing Vito’s activity trays which he started working on early this month. Vito only spends about 20 minutes for our “themed units” and the rest, he would either do free play or work on these trays. These would entertain him while I do house chores, sometimes I supervise especially if we use glass bottles.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I’d like to share a summary of Vito’s work tray activities at 32 months. These are the trays that are either part of our themed activities or just some random ones that I prepared for him in line with his current interest. I hope that this will give you an idea on what to give your child in case he’s of the same age. Keeping records of Vito’s work trays is also a means for me to track his development and progress per month.
Friday, July 15, 2016
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
I never knew that this could be fun! My Vito enjoyed this activity so much that we did this a couple of times during the day. Even big brother Mavi joined in the fun as well, trying to outshine each other on whoever gets to finish milking first.
Friday, April 8, 2016
Here are all the materials and resources that we will be using in our Earth/Land Unit for the month of April. I prepared this list for those who wanted to follow our activities and those who are inquiring about the materials we are using.
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Here’s a recap of our week! You may copy any of these for your own home school journey!
Sunday, March 20, 2016
The perfect way to introduce plants to a child/toddler is through awakening their interest and love of flowers. Kids love flowers naturally. We love to look at them, and occassionaly name the flowers as we see them in the road.
Now that Vito appreciates trees and flowers, the next step is to inspire him with a desire to care for and preserve plants and flowers. Here’s Vito’s early learning of plants!
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.
Monday, February 29, 2016
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Vito is 28 months old.
St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and we are excited to watch the parade in the city this year! To introduce Ireland’s big celebration to Vito, I prepared a bunch of work trays for him this month as he turns 28 months old. I featured 9 activities here but in reality we’re doing so much more, so I’ll just update the blog of other activities that are not included here.
Saturday, February 13, 2016
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Vito is 27 months old.
These are the activities I prepared for Vito this month. Sort of a Valentines Day Unit as well, I combined the hearts and flower activities in this month’s activities. Vito is doing well so far in all of these activities, especially in counting and all those related in fine motor skills.
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.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
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:
- 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.
- Pouring rice. I’m using two small jugs and coloured rice. We’ve done this before using water, this time I changed the medium.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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Monday, October 19, 2015
Vito is 23 months old.
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After, the zoo, farm animals and parts of the body, I decided to do a fruit unit for this little boy as he loves to name fruits whenever we are in the supermarket. I like to come up with themed activities as it helps the child to expand their knowledge of certain objects and occasions, practice communication skills and improve their vocabulary.
Beginning Sounds. We’re using Hape Lowercase Puzzle.
Apple Prints. Color recognition and sensorial activity.
Bagging Fruits. A practical life activity that develops hand/eye coordination, concentration plus helping Mommy tidy up! We’re using Learning Resources Fruit Counters.
Matching Real Objects with Pictures. Developing early discrimination skills (difference between objects), hand/eye coordination and concentration. I made the fruit cards and you can get a copy from here or here.
Fruit Color Sorting using a Tong. Improving fine motor skills, pincer grasp, concentration and color recognition.
I love this tong from Ikea.
He’s seriously concentrating. Goodness!
Slicing a Banana. I was with him the whole time he’s doing this, reason why I don’t have an actual photo of the activity. Another great practical life activity to introduce to kids. This is an introductory activity of actual “slicing”, though we’ve done a lot of this using playdough. He still has difficulty coordinating his hands. We’ll get there though… need to practice more
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Monday, August 10, 2015
Last week I shared the learning activities that I prepared on Vito’s shelf. Learning activities are usually done in the morning, after reading books. It would about 15 to 30 minutes of play, depending on his interest. Practical life activities are done in the afternoon, after se pick up big brother from school. All our practical life materials are stored in kitchen, stored in the shelf but I can’t share it because it is a sight to behold
So for this month, here are the practical life activities Vito is working on. These are rotated once in a while.
Using left and right hand
He loves touching the kernels!
Look at the chubby hand.
And that’s about it! I am sure your kids will love these activities as well! Don’t forget to pin this for later!
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