The color: RED
The letter: Ll
Theme: Valentine's Day
Practical Life: Plant care
We started the week by planting some strawberry seeds in a little pot (found in Target's $1 section). I also introduced the two herb plants (cilantro and rosemary) I bought to go along with this "plant care" lesson. Bug has really enjoyed watering them daily and reminded me everyday after the first. I don't think he gets the concept that the seeds we planted will grow into a plant but he will learn as our seeds take root and grow. That's the beauty of learning.
|Plant care lesson using a strawberry seed planter.|
|Water transfer activity.|
We revisited our Valentine's sensory bin several times this week. On several occasions, I have found it in the middle of the floor of the toy room after I've been MIA (mommy-time) for a bit. So Bug is sneaking into the "under construction" learning area specifically to play with some of his Montessori oriented toys over his non-learning toys. For the most part he puts everything back in the bin but I need to work on reinforcing respect for the Montessori resources.
|Bug and Peanut playing with their sensory bins.|
I introduced some colored wood figures to help teach Bug colors. We started with only the blue, red and green figures and I followed the three step lesson. Bug seemed to get the hang of it but toward the end he was getting silly so we packed up it up to end on a good note.
Lastly, I included an activity that we would use play doh to make the letter Ll but many tantrums ensued over me asking Bug to roll the medium himself. He kept insisting that I do it for him even though I was modeling it. I gave up and put it away for another time.
This week's letter is Ll. I used some of Tot School printables from 1+1+1=1 over two days. I introduced this weeks' letter by 1) showing Bug a colored page of L's and a leaf 2) making and repeating the sound 3) identifying and tracing the letter, and 4) naming/ identifying (three step lesson) items that start with the Ll sound. Those items were a plastic lion, fresh lemon, The first day we 1) colored a leaf and L's on one page, 2) drew lines from the big L to the little l on another, 3) glued red pompoms in the shape of L's on a third and 4) attempted the leaf shape and sequence puzzles. I was really surprised how responsive Bug was to these activities and I think he was disappointed when I didn't pull out another activity but I had none prepared as I didn't expect this.
This week we worked on counting from 0-3 using a printout and representative hearts. Bug was interested in matching the plastic hearts up with the printout but when I followed up with the three part lesson, Bug seems indifferent but I will keep trying.