Friday, September 20, 2019

Blue Week

Archer is 16 months

In August I posted our Color Themes Goals. Those are what I had in mind while we started Tot School this week, not actually learning the color.
His little shelf had several books about colors or Purple.  I also got out two of his Non-Fiction Sight Words books and one of his Meet the Sight Words readers.  The poster was free from Isla Hearts Teaching on TPT. I also hung up the pages to his color book (free here) and some blue Do-A-Dot artwork.
Playroom shelves this week.  The goal of the toys is to entertain him and give him some fine motor practice.  Things like building, sorting and puzzles also provide some spacial awareness (math and even physics). 

Shelves included 6 Pet Vocabulary Cards (free here) and corresponding Toob animals, one beginning pattern blocks board, his mailbox, a latch board, color viewer, felt envelopes and shapes, wooden trucks (EVERY shelf rotation must include trucks), construction toys (similar to these), a chunky puzzle and a discovery bin.
6 of the Pet Vocabulary Cards (free here) and corresponding Toob animals. He mostly sat on my lap and we did them together.  He REALLY liked the cat, so hat trouble wanting to put that toy or word down.
This was the biggest surprise of the week! I've never gotten these out for him before and he LOVED them. He put the pieces in over and over and over.  Then he'd carry a couple of the shapes around.  He even help a couple of the shapes while we walked to pick Xander up from school.
Looking through his color viewer. (We got ours second hand, but it was originally from Lakeshore Learning).
I made what I thought was a flower, and he went nuts calling it a star again and again. The kid loves stars!
Blue discovery basket with miscellaneous blue toys
Blue things 3 part cards (free here). I still did most of the matching for him, but we did it every day. We also did the corresponding Little Reader lesson to go with every day. Here he was very excited about the paperclip!

Coloring his Blue Book (free here). He wanted to color while holding ALL the crayons!
Markers and Do a Dots.  He thinks the caps are more fun the the actual artwork.
Animal Rescue Activity for both fine motor and sensory play (more pictures and details on this post)
Gross motor usually involves a lot of running around and climbing at parks. He also rediscovered his Rody Horse (best $1 Facebook Marketplace find EVER).
Not part of our "planned" activities, but Archer found our alphabet peg stackers in the basement one day.  We got them out and started playing with the pegs. I made the word "for" and "of" for him, as well as a few other short words.  He was enthralled! I think that was the first time it clicked for him that letters make words. He kept taking away the f, putting it back and saying "of" and then doing it again. I am so blessed to get to watch those moments of learning!

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