Monday, March 25, 2013

K for Kangaroo


Xander is 28 Months

We are currently working on our Mommy & Me ABC units.  Between illness, schoolwork, and a short road trip, it took us a few weeks, but we finally finished letter K!  Unless otherwise specified, all of the printables are from my Mommy & Me ABC Printables, which are free as we complete them (for a detailed list of all the materials in the printables, check out this post).

 His white board had some kangaroo magnets, alphabet magnets, and his fridge phonics set.  His shelf had some K's and some kangaroo books.

Kangaroo Tracing
Letter Clipping
Kangaroo Number Cards
I used a hole punch to make a hole in the square where the number tile goes on each card.  Then we counted the number of kangaroos on the card, found the matching number tile, and then used learning links to make a chain of that length.  He is getting much better at putting the links together!

Kangaroo Size Sort

Kangaroo Bottle Cap Matching



Letter K Alphabet Sensory Bin

Play Dough
Xander asked for the play dough multiple times this letter.  He did his play dough stamping page with the lowercase stampers as well as using some letter K cookie cutters.  He also kept putting all the play dough in the kangaroo cookie cutter and putting it in the "oven" (under the table) to make a cake.
 Drinking coffee and making snakes

 Letter K and Kangaroo Puzzles
Stamping
We did some stamping with our uppercase and lowercase stamp and washable stamp pads.
Alphabet Pegs
Building a "tower" on the K from peg letters.
Other Tot School Activities
I got out the animal matching cards that go with the Mommy and Me ABC printables.  We haven't done them in a long time, but he had a good time and got most of them right away.



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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Rainbow Math Game

I posted recently about wanting to take a new approach to math.  In the spirit of that, I made this printable for Xander.  The idea is that I put a number tile (printable ones included in the file) in the box and then he has to count out the corresponding number of cotton balls for clouds in the sky.  You can download it for free here, just please link back to me if you post about using it.

I apologize for the lack of pictures!  Eventually I will get some taken!




Monday, March 11, 2013

From Dots to Marshmallows

We are changing our approach to math!

I posted a couple years ago about doing the dot cards with Xander, as described in How to Teach Your Baby Math by Glenn Doman.  We did all cards 0-100 and have since used Little Math.  I delayed counting and numerals, just like I was supposed to and he still doesn't recognize quantities readily.  While Little Reader and the techniques from How To Teach Your Baby to Read have worked for us with phenomenal results, the "right brain" equivalents for math just haven't.  I think it is mostly my fault since I have not been all that consistent in working with him in the subject.  Regardless, we are moving on!
I recently purchased Marshmallow Math (Kindle version available super cheap) and am working my way through it.  I love that it has great suggestions and examples of how to work math into everyday life, without a ton of planning or effort.  Xander is counting pretty well now, so we will continue with this new hands-on, playful approach.

I'm also considering purchasing the first level of Right Start Math this summer and trying to adapt it for his level.  I think using the two approaches would give him well rounded exposure.

What kids of activities do you do to bring math into your toddler's life? 

Monday, March 4, 2013

J for Jaguar



Xander is 28 Months

We are currently working on our Mommy & Me ABC units.  This week was letter J and jaguars.  Unless otherwise specified, all of the printables are from my Mommy & Me ABC Printables, which are free as we complete them (for a detailed list of all the materials in the printables, check out this post).

 His white board had some alphabet magnets, and his fridge phonics set.  His shelf had some J's, the jaguar from his alphabet zoo, and some books.

Letter Clipping

Shape Forests
Matching the shapes on the jaguars to the name on the forest.

Jaguar Number Cards
I mixed it up again this week with the number cards!  I used a hole punch to make a hole in the square where the number tile goes on each card.  Then we counted the number of jaguars on the card, found the matching number tile, and then used learning links to make a chain of that length.  Xander really liked it and wanted to do it again.

Jaguar Size Sort

Lacing

Alphabet Pegs
Building a "tower" on the J from peg letters.
Making the jaguar climb the pegs on the J.


Other Tot School Activities

Little Reader


Sight Words Balloon Popping
I had wrote some words on balloons and let Xander pop them with a ballooon after he read the word.  He liked it so much ended up playing again with regular balloons.
All ready to play again.  Proudly showing off his pin.
He said "WHOA" after every pop!

Reading some books.  LOVE the facial expression.

Landmarks
I made some 3 part cards to go with Xander's Landmarks Toob (you can download them here).  He has been having a ball playing with them.


I got out the map from our Treasure Hunt Game and put the landmarks where they go.  Then I had him match the names of the landmarks to the figurines.



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