Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Shapes and Counting Activities

Butterfly has some new Shape and Counting activities this week!

I found this Shape Sort printable and made laminated shape cards.

I then went around the house and filled a tray with little trinkets of things that are the card shapes.

We set it out on the floor in front of the Christmas tree and Butterfly sorted all the trinkets onto the shape cards.  When she was done, we talked about which shape looked like it had the biggest pile and which shape had the least amount of things.  We concluded that it was easiest to find circular objects around the house than it was to find diamond shaped items!

I found these great Finger Counting printables as well, and made them into another Montessori activity tray.

Butterfly counted out  coloured popsicle sticks to match each number in each column.

I liked the hand signals for each number so much that I printed and laminated another copy and posted it on the wall in front of her desk.

Butterfly checking it out and counting along!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Glue Snowman Ornament

Check out our cool Glue Snowman, an idea I found from Kaboose.

Supplies:  Glue, Wax paper, and snowman decors.

With glue, draw out a snowman on wax paper.

Then fill in the snowman evenly with a thick layer of glue.  Butterfly and I used our fingers to spread it into the circles.

Then Butterfly added the snowman details and a pipe cleaner to hang.

I let this dry overnight as it took some time, then I peeled it off the wax paper carefully.  Dried up glue like this feels like soft flexible plastic.

Hang in a window and the light will shine through!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Letter N Workboxes

These are our  Workboxes for this week!  Letter N and Number 14 work.
To get the links and resources and to see the work in action, visit our Letter N week from last year HERE!

Also, check out the books we read for Letter N week!    

Review cards, Sandpaper Tactile Letters for finger tracing, N sound with LeapFrog Fridge Magnets, practice writing N, n and 14 in the salt box.  Using N and 14 alphabet wipe-off cards and number wipe-off cards.

Alphie the robot learning N and 14, and driving on Road N, and building N's with our Bendaroos sticks on the laminated large N sheet.

Sorting capital and lower case N's, and making an N on the Peg Board with pegs and coloured elastic bands.

Using a Giant Push Pin on the carpet to poke holes on the lines of N to practice writing the letter, sorting the Nest cards in size order, a Pre-Writing Practice wipe-off booklet, and a nest-themed page in our Maze Book.

Spelling sheets in upper and lower case with the letter tiles,
using floral stones on each circle on the N is for nest page, and then we'll have more fun with the floral stones, Play-doh and golf tees and make little snowmen like we did in "More Christmas/ Winter Activities".

A cutting practice sheet, patterns sheet, and some "Same Size" worksheets from tlsbooks.com

Bingo Dabbing in the circles to make Nn, a nest puzzle, and a Shapes worksheet booklet from tlsbooks.com

Clipboard writing practice worksheets, and a number 14 worksheet from kids learning station.

Nest cards- counting the eggs in each nest and clipping the right answer with the numbered clothespins.  And we'll practice Rhyming Words with our Rhyming file folder games.

I printed out rhyming pictures and glued them inside the file folders.  Then I taped strings to one side of a row of pictures, and folded sticky velcro strips on the ends with the matching velcro on the other row of pictures.  Then Butterfly finds a rhyming pair and matches them up with the string.  Kind of like a worksheet where you'd draw a line to the answer when given two rows.

The last box has the Scavenger Hunt, a colouring sheet, and I drew Butterfly a nest and a couple of eggs and a hatched chick.  She can colour this page and then cut out the eggs and chick and glue them in the nest.

Happy N Week!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sponge Painting with Numbers

Here is an art project Butterfly enjoyed doing.  It involves number recognition reinforcement, counting, and colour patterns.

I have the tray all set up with four paint colours and number sponges that I got at a dollar store years back.

Butterfly picks out the numbers in order, and paints them in row order from left to right.  Also, she has to remember to sponge the numbers right side up, and at the same time, she is patterning with 4 colours.

After a row is used up, she put the same pattern underneath, lining up the colours, while counting and putting the numbers all in order.  This is a lot to think about and keep track of all in one activity!  She did great at it!

We did have a backwards 9 though, but she picked it out and said "whoops!"  :)

And we all know Butterfly! She loves to get her hands in the paint, she is a Sensory Master Painter!

Learning and Art go hand in hand!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy 1st Bday and Snow!

Happy 1st Birthday to Rockabye Butterfly!!!

I just realized that November 13th of last year, was our very first post on our site!
This year has been wonderful, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to homeschool my daughter and to be able to spend my days with my girl!  I am also so thankful for all the friends in our life and in our blogging world, and all the new homeschooling friends we are meeting! for supporting us, sharing creative ideas with us, and being the social support that Butterfly and I need! You have kept us quite busy in this last year, and that's the way we like it! :)

Now let's talk about today!  Overnight Jack Frost dumped us our first stay-on-the-ground snowfall here.  I moaned at the fact that I can't see my green grass anymore that we have enjoyed longer than usual this Fall, but lil' Miss Butterfly was extremely excited to see the snow and just couldn't wait to get outside!  But first Mama had to have her coffee! :)  So Butterfly's Daddy, on his way out to work, filled a bin with snow and made a mini snowman for Butterfly to play with inside, like a sensory bin, until we can get outside.  He's such a good Daddy!  Butterfly added some princesses and toys to her snow bin!

Last month I had bought a Halloween package of face picks that you use to decorate a face on a pumpkin.  But I wasn't going to use it for pumpkins, I had put it away until our first snow!  I thought this would be perfect for decorating a snowman! Instant silly facial features, as it's quite hard to find stones and sticks in a small backyard for a snowman's face.

 And this is our first snowman of the year!  A silly goofy big guy smiling at us through the window! Perfect!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Letter M Workboxes

These are our  Workboxes for this week!  Letter M and Number 13 work.
To get the links and resources and to see the work in action, visit our Letter M week from last year HERE!

Also, check out the books we read for Letter M week!   

 Review cards, Sandpaper Tactile Letters for finger tracing, M sound with LeapFrog Fridge Magnets, practice writing M, m and 13 in the salt box.  Using M and 13 alphabet wipe-off cards and number wipe-off cards.

 Alphie the robot learning M and 13, and driving on Road M, and using Play-doh "snakes" to make M and m on the laminated large M sheet.

 Two activities of sorting capital and lower case M's.  A monkey puzzle and sorting the monkeys by size.

M&M counting practice booklet with number cards, and a Writing Practice wipe-off booklet.

 Spelling sheets in upper and lower case with the letter tiles, a Monkey worksheet on a baking pan using circle magnets to fill in each circle for one to one correspondence.

  Number Recognition worksheet counting to 13, and a Patterns worksheet.  
And a Dice Monkey Game- Roll the Jumbo Die, the child counts the die's dots, then she puts markers on that many monkeys on the game board, working left to right row by row in proper order.  Keep rolling and counting until whole game board is filled.

 Bingo Dabbing Mm, putting the numbered Monkey cards in numerical order from left to right, and Shape Matching Monkey cards.

 Monkey Building pattern activity with mini monkey cards- build the same pattern as shown on the sheet.  A "Melon" page to learn to fold on the dotted lines to make a whole melon using Kumon's Let's Fold book.
And matching the months on a Months of the Year file folder game, from Montessori For Everyone.

A colouring sheet, and Clipboard Printing work.

Scavenger Hunt- Filling the box with items around the house that begin with M, doing an M is for Mouse puzzle with Ravensburger Cube Puzzles- I'll mix all the cubes around and Butterfly will have to find all cube sides with parts of the mouse picture and then put the mouse picture together!  And playing with M is for Magnets- they are magnetic sticks and little steel balls, even sticks to the metal container, to build different formations.  We will also enjoy doing another Magnet Craft! Painting with Magnets is one of our favs!

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