Monday, July 15, 2024

Tot School: 4th of July

 I know this post is at least a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to get it up anyway, mostly to have something to look back on next year when I am looking for more ideas! Juniper was 24 months

Play dough is always a favorite, so I made some blue play dough, had some star cookie cutters, some US landmarks Toob figurines, some star buttons and some other little red, white a blue beads.
I gave her a bunch of cookie cutters to practice size sorting and nesting.
I got out a bunch of red, white and blue math cubes that we used to try copying patterns. She did ok for a while but then just wanted to play with them.
Tot Schooling had this American Flag shape matching activity we tried.
I printed a bunch of sight words in stars onto construction paper. We practiced reading them and throwing them. We also used the to Feed the Woozle (an adorable game she enjoys playing the more normal way also).
I gave her some star pony beads with our beginner 10s frame cards. She only has the patience to do a couple of cards at a time, but she's starting to learn that we fill them left to right.
We also practiced 4th of July vocabulary with her 3 part cards. She doesn't like these as much as the boys do, but matched about half before she lost interest.
While I made this Botley coding game for her big brother, Juniper had a lot of fun watching him play and attempting to do it herself.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

4th of July Coding Game for Botley

We have had the Botley 2.0 coding robot for about a year and a half now. My 6 year old likes it, but doesn't do a lot of "coding" with it. To try to make it more enticing (and educational) for him, I decided to make a 4th of July themed grid game to go with it.

I made a bunch of cards with 4th of July themed pictures, printed them on cardstock and laminated them. Then I taped them to the ground and gave him a stack of cards telling him which item he had to try to land on. The goal was to be able to get to the next card from the spot he was already on, which is more tricky than getting there from the edge. If you don't want to tape to the floor, you could glue them down to butcher paper or posterboard. I just liked the idea of being able to rearrange them easily.
Now I was running out of laminating sheets and didn't want to wait for more to arrive, so I printed the cards small enough to fit two to a page. That means I had to space them a little ways apart for the commands to come out right (I just eyeballed it). I also made a version of each card in the PDF a little bigger, so you could just put them down next to each other.

 Print the Botley 4th of July game here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Tot School: Summer Theme

 Lately for Tot School we have been doing about a shape a week, in addition to another theme. The most recent theme has been summer!

We did this popsicle spinner matching game for both shapes and colors. I gave her little blue glass gems that we called "bubbles" and she put the bubbles on the corresponding popsicles.
At the Beach vocabulary matching in our table pocket chart . She LOVED the lesson on  Little Reader, but only wanted to match about half the cards.
We did some Olaf size sorting. Since we hadn't done much size sorting, I only got out two sizes instead of all three.
I put some summer themed buttons into therapy putty. She enjoyed it so much, she asked me to put them back in for her to find multiple times.
Ice cream shape matching from Tot Schooling
Lots of kinetic sand play. 
Matching sentences to pictures from This Reading Mama

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Beginner 10s Frames Cards

Having good number sense has really helped my boys understand math as they get older. It seems to be coming a little less naturally to my youngest, so I'm trying to find more ways to foster it. Recently, I made her these beginner tens frames to use to help her visualize quantities.

Each card is double sided (and laminated for durability). One side has a blank 10s frame and one side has enough circles to match the number.
She's too little to give her all ten at once, but I've started giving her a few with little beads or gems to match to the cards.

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