Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Theme Of The Day: The Letter F
Age: 21 months
Leap Frog Fridge Phonics and Which Is F?
I like to introduce the letter of the day with Honey Pot's Fridge Phonics so she can get a feel for what the letter looks and sounds like. So I placed the letter “F” in there for her. Then I created sets of three letters, and ask her to identify the letter “F” in each one.
F is For Fish - Magnetic Pom Poms
This handy dandy printable came from Confessions Of A Homeschooler. Honey Pot placed a few magnetic pom poms onto it, and then had her Piggy and Wolf play on it for a while.
Pipe Cleaner Go Fish
Continuing with our fish theme, we went fishing! This idea comes from E Is For Explore. First I cut pipe cleaners in half, and twisted them into a fish shapes. Then I created a makeshift fishing rod. It’s made up of an unsharpened pencil, tape, yarn, paperclip and a magnet. (Look out, MacGyver!) I demonstrated how to dip the magnet into the “fishing pond”, and then let Honey Pot play with it as she wished. She soon got the hang of holding it and grabbing the fish. For some, she named the colors as she pulled them out.
I had seen many versions of this. My favorite comes from a great website devoted to these crafts called Handprint and Footprint Art. First I asked Honey Pot to choose two colors of paint. Then I painted each of her hands, and pressed them onto paper. As you can see, she took the liberty of pressing them down again before I could stop her!
After cleaning her hands off with a wipe, I let her paint freely with her brushes on a separate piece of paper. She got some paint on her finger by mistake, and so I encouraged her to try finger-painting. She did for a minute or two, but I don’t think she likes the mess!
Play-dough FWe ended the day with this activity, which we do on each letter day. Honey Pot pulls out a tub of her homemade play-dough, and I help her squish a cookie cutter into it. It is a nice way to reinforce the shape of the letter in a hands-on way.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Which Is Orange? and Color Walk
Instead of creating new color sets, I gathered the ones I already had on hand from other color days. This is a color that Honey Pot is not too familiar with, and so she had a difficult time with these at first. Despite sometimes getting the answer wrong, she is always so excited to do this activity. As usual, we followed with a color walk around the house, where she pointed out to me other items that are orange. (I don’t have any pictures though!) Again, this is definitely a color we need to return to!
Do-A-Dot ArtI printed off this fun printable from one of my go-to sites, Making Learning Fun. And with Honey Pot's newest art supply, washable dot markers, she went at it. “Dot, dot, dot!”
I found this fun idea at a blog called Really Quite Lucky. I combined water, food coloring and a small dab of paint in a spray bottle. Then, before the snow from last week completely melted away, we headed outside to paint it. Honey Pot took an interest in it initially, but being outside in the snow is just too much fun! So she gave it a few squirts then spent the rest of our time outside just walking around blissfully. Of course, as soon as we came inside she begged for the squirt bottle! Perhaps when we have more snow, I’ll gather some up in a bucket for some indoor fun…some very supervised and towel-laid indoor fun. :)
Orange with LunchQuite impromptu, I decided to emphasize the color orange in Honey Pot's lunch today. I gave her an orange plate, and served oranges and Cheetos with her sandwich. Had I planned this in advance, I may have given her grilled cheese (with orange cheese) or colored her bread orange, as I have seen on Pinterest!
Fruit Loop NecklaceHoney Pot and I sat down at the table with a plate full of Fruit Loops. I asked her to pull out all of the orange ones for me. After I showed her one or two, she was able to help me. But she was very busy eating all of the ones that weren’t orange! Then I strung the orange Fruit Loops onto an orange thread, and tied it into a necklace for her. She thought it was a fun way to eat them! Note we also dressed in orange today!
Friday, February 24, 2012
Theme Of The Day: Music
Age: 21 months
I haven't let Honey Pot play with the keyboard in many months. But she always has a good time, so I knew I had to include it in today's unit. It was a nice introduction to today's unit. When she sees music notes, she knows what they are and says "moosic!" So we played around with the keyboard for a little while before making our own instruments!
Here she is really getting into the music!
Paper Roll Flutes
Listening To Music
Ever since Honey Pot was born, I have played her music from a playlist I created on Grooveshark. It includes upbeat and playful songs such as "Little Bitty Pretty One" and "Baby Face." I have no pictures, but I played the music for her today. In addition to dancing a little bit, we tried to keep the beat by patting our hands on our laps. She did pretty well!
Musical Water GlassesI have seen this activity on Pinterest multiple times, but originally found it at Little Page Turners. It is like a homemade xylophone! You just fill glasses with different levels of water, and stir in a little bit of food coloring. As I tinted each cup, Honey Pot told me what color they became. She loved watching them change color! Then I provided her with three