Thursday, May 2, 2019

11 Month Learning Activities and Baby Shelves

We are finally all healthy and back into a somewhat normal routine, so these shelves went a little better.
Physical Development
Archer is cruising along furniture and pushing toys around, but not quite ready to walk.  Honestly, he is stubborn enough that I think he could be there if it were something that interested him.  For now, he's content crawling and pulling up on things. Last week I shared some pictures and videos of him climbing, which he does quite well.
We are back to using Little Reader and doing Doman style flashcards regularly.  We usually do one to two lessons in English a day.  He watches either a Your Baby Can Read or a Meet The Sight Words video most days a week (while I make dinner).  As you can see from the picture, they definitely hold his attention! He does like YBCR better, though.
Archer has learned where I keep his YBCR flashcards and has become an expert at getting them out, looking through them and leaving them spread out all over the playroom.
We tried to read lots of books together, but he also reads plenty of book son his own!

I have to admit, Spanish isn't going quite as well.  I just don't find myself wanting to talk to him in Spanish, since while fluent, it takes more conscious effort for me. Right now we are just doing one Little Reader lesson a day (multisensory only) and one set of Doman style flashcards three times a day.

Baby Shelves
Here is what we had on our shelves for a few weeks.
These were our sensory jars, that I shared last week. He tends to vary as to which one he likes best any given day.
One shelf had this little cars that we got forever ago from IKEA.  They are a bit old and squeak a bit when they roll, which Archer really enjoys.  He also likes taking them apart.

A little basket had some Magnaflex toys.  It was a huge hit.  The little pieces can fold in on themselves, stick together and be pulled apart.
For some extra fun we stuck them to our empty chai container (I swear, that container has gotten used more than almost any other toy). Since the bottom is magnetic, he liked pulling the magnaflex off or dropping them and having them stick.

While Archer is not quite ready for puzzles, I have still been trying to put them out for him.  This time I had the vehicle puzzle. We tried working on the concept of matching, which he ignored.  Basically, he likes pulling all the pieces out and carrying them around the room.  He also likes putting them in empty containers.
Another shelf had our take-along farm.  This was an impulse purchase last month when we had a gift card to use at a particular store and they had no baby clothes the right size/season for Archer.  I'm really glad I ended up getting it, because both boys have played with it quite a bit already.  Hopefully, it'll get more use as Archer grows.  

He can't actually keep the cars on the tracks yet, but he likes using the cards on the carpet.  He also really likes putting things in the wagons that the tractor can pull.  It came with hay bales, but I also got out some toob animals for him to use.

The last thing out was a Noisy Farm book with some farm toob animals.  He was enjoying the farm so much that we got these out to go with it.  This is also one of his favorite books, so we got out each animal as we would read the book and hear its sound. 

I was initially a little worried that the animals would be too small, but he really liked playing with them (although, he did stick them in his mouth a lot, they did not seem to be choking hazards for him). He put them in various containers and in the wagons of his tractor.  

I also started trying to have him grab a particular one for me.  This is definitely an emerging skill for him and some days he could do it, while others he couldn't.  I made sure it was a fun, low pressure game.  We will have to keep working on it, so we can slowly start playing more games together.

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