Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Flower Vocabulary Cards

Combing Little Reader Lessons with Montessori style 3 Part Cards is one of my favorite ways to build vocabulary.  Both my boys have loved new word lessons.  Whenever I can, I also make lessons that have Toobs or other toys to go with them, for a tactile matching activity.

Recently, I made a lesson and vocabulary cards to go with the Flower Toob.
You're welcome to print the cards for free from here.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Brown Week


Archer is 18 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 (that included brown).  I also got out two of his Non-Fiction Sight Words books and one of his Meet the Sight Words readers (he likes those better than story books at the moment).  The poster was free from Isla Hearts Teaching on TPT. I also hung up the pages to his color book (free here).
Brown foods 3 part cards (free here). He is starting to do most of the matching himself. We also did the corresponding Little Reader lesson to go with most days. 
 Coloring his Brown Book (free here). We used crayons, markers and Do a Dots.
Painting (and tasting) with chocolate pudding. It provided a fun sensory experience for him, although he was pretty upset when I took the cup of pudding away.
Bin of miscellaneous orange objects.
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). 

These shelves had some two part puzzles, a magnetic tracing board, Unifix cubes, a rainbow stacking toy, our Hide and Seek Positional Word game (free here), a couple of puzzles and a bin of brown foods.
Hide and Seek Positional Word game (free here)
When he doesn't feel well, so wants to cuddle, but still play.

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Monday, November 4, 2019

Christmas Book Advent Calendar Upgrade


Ever since Xander was little, I've done the Christmas Book Advent Calendar that has been circulating Pinterest. The idea is that you wrap 24 (or 25) Christmas books and the child gets to unwrap one every day leading up to Christmas. This year, I decided to upgrade how we do it A) to make it more special, B) to make it more environmentally friendly and C) to make it MUCH easier on myself in the future.
That first year, we didn't have enough Christmas books, so I used several "winter" books or other books I could kind of connect.  Over the years, we've collected more than the necessary 24, mostly second hand, so now have to open two on a few of the days. (I use the same books every year).
I used to wrap each book, every year. It took a long time and created a lot of wrapping paper waste.  Since most wrapping paper isn't recyclable and I've been trying hard to minimize the disposables we use, I made some simple cloth bags for the books. To be even more environmentally friendly (and economical) I used tablecloths I found really cheap at Salvation Army for the fabric.  I even had enough left over for a few bags to use for regular Christmas presents.
Now believe me, I am not professional seamstress.  The bags are very basic and took more ironing than sewing. I was worried about bending the thing paperback books when cinching the bags, so I made several of them extra tall, and floppy, as a result. Altogether, though, I think they look very festive.
The best part is, I never have to wrap them again! No cutting, folding or taping!  Just throwing them in a bag and tying the ribbon, where I'll store them for next year. 

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