Monday, May 28, 2012

Shapes - Hexagon

Shape Themes
Xander is 18.5 Months
Theme:  Bee Theme
Shape: Hexagon

 We are currently working on shapes, devoting one week to each while also reviewing those already learned.   The themes just add a fun element to the shapes lessons, plus some extra vocabulary. I added a page to gather all of the Shape Posts and Printables to make them easier to find.  For our overall Tot School goals for our shape units, see my Goals post.

This week's theme was Bees, although it kind of ended up being Bees and Flowers.  I used our Montessori style 3 part shape cards.  We also used some pocket chart phrases from our Hexagon Printables.  The concepts on these cards are pretty advanced, but he has been exposed to all of them on his Your Baby Can Discover moviesI believe the vocabulary and and reading practice certainly can't hurt.  He really loves his pocket chart, much more than I ever would have expected!

This is his "Mom, stop taking pictures so we can do the cards!" face.

We also used some cards from his Bee Tot Pack.  I changed it up a little bit this time.  I have been trying to work in more right brain learning, which usually involves fast input to bypass the left brain processing (right brain/left brain in this sense has nothing to do with the psychological ideas of practical and artsy, but more to do with the wiring of the brain and the way stimuli are processed).  Anyway, before we put the cards in the pocket chart, I sat him in my lap and flashed through the cards as fast as I could while still saying the words clearly, took about thirty seconds.  He enjoyed it, as well as putting the cards in the pocket chart.  He really likes me to ask him to point to the different cards and can be very insistent about doing this activity.

I don't know how many times we read the Bee Mini Book this week!  

I made a tracing page (in the Hexagon Printables).  We use all of his tracing materials in either page protectors or his Crayola Dry Erase Activity Center.  He is no where near ready to trace on his own, but I have him hold the marker and I hold his hand.  We trace together and I talk about what we're doing.  He really enjoys it.

We also did this tracing page from the tot pack.

Here is a shot of him doing one of the coloring pages.  He is getting more and more independent.

Playing with the bee finger puppet.

I picked these Hexie-Snaps up at a garage sale and they were perfect for this week!  At first he had trouble putting them together, but was able to do it by the end of the week.  Apparently it is also fun to dump them all out on the bed.

This Week's Books:


 Continuous Tot School Activities:
We are using Little Reader to work on reading skills and Little Math for math skills.  My goal is two Little Reader lessons and one Little Math lesson daily.  He absolutely loves Little Reader, but only likes Little Math on some days.

One day this week he wasn't feeling great and just wanted to go through the categories on Little Reader.  He looked at words for over twenty minutes until I cut him off... to a lot of complaining and blubbering.

I have been trying to incorporate a song or rhyme into each week.  This is the finger rhyme from this week (in the Bee Tot Pack).  

Real Life Learning
Grandpa has a peg board above his tool bench.  Xander was helping put the hooks in.  It is quite a task for a little guy because you have to put it in twist, and let it down.  He got quite a few in all by himself though.

Check back on Wednesday to see this week's  Tot Trays!

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