Monday, January 30, 2012

Bear Activities and Stories!

We had a bear day!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt story board and book.  This story is great for description words and repetitive patterns.

Homeschool Creations has a great resource with printables and additional links for this story.

We used these printable cards to reinforce the words over, through, and under.

We used our story animal popsicle stick puppets.

We played with our Goldilocks and the Three Bears felt board story.

Butterfly read and followed counting cards that I had made for her, with our Three Bears Counters.

and our Beginners Balance to play with equal to and not equal to weight.

We read Little Brown Bear Won't Take a Nap!  It's a story about a little bear who doesn't want to hibernate like the rest of his bear family and instead travels down south with his geese friends!

We read more about Bears and hibernation during the Winter.

It was a Beary Good Day!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Letter W and X Workboxes

These are our  Workboxes for this week!  We are now doubling up on the last letters of the alphabet!  This week is Letter W and X and Number 23 and 24 work.
To get the links and resources and to see the work in action, visit our Letter W and X week from last year HERE!

 Also, check out the books we read for Letter W

Review cards, Sandpaper Tactile Letters for finger tracing, W and X sound with LeapFrog Fridge Magnets, practice writing W and X and numbers 23 and 24 in the salt box.  Using W, X, 23, and 24 alphabet wipe-off cards and number wipe-off cards.

Alphie the robot learning W and X, driving on Road W and X with a toy car, and using a wipe-off marker on the laminated large W and X sheet.

Giant Push Pin poking W and X.

 Bingo Dabbing W, and sticking xylophone and xray stickers on the letter X.- I made the stickers using my Laminator, with the adhesive-laminating cartridge

Spelling watermelon and xylophone with the letter tiles.

A file folder game "Which One Doesn't Belong?"  Putting an X on the picture that doesn't belong in each group.  Laminated Number Practice booklets with the wipe-off markers from Ikea that I find work the best on our Xyron 900 Laminator's plastic.

Pattern worksheets, cutting and gluing.

Sorting Watermelon cards into size order, matching shape cards, and a laminated Watermelon pre-writing practice booklet with wipe-off markers.

Clipboard printing practice.

Letter W Scavenger Hunt, Colour by Number Xylophone sheet, and Watermelon colouring sheet.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fun With Marbles!

We've been having fun with Marbles lately!

We've been using our Imaginarium Deluxe Marble Race, great use of building skills, fine motor skills and visual tracking.

For another marble game, we built a Marble tunnel out of a shoe box.

We cut out three holes in three different sizes, with points on top!

We aimed and rolled our marbles and did some math by adding up our points.

We also made a marble obstacle course on a tray by taping paper tubes down for tunnels and walls.  Butterfly tilted the tray back and forth to direct the marbles' path.  Great for visual tracking and bilateral coordination.

We played another fine motor skills game by taping a masking tape roll and a bracelet standing up on the table, a big circle and a smaller circle.

Using eye hand coordination, Butterfly used a marble, pencil, fork, paper clip, Q tip and a coin to get them through the circles. First, Butterfly simply passed each item through the circle to herself, an activity using both hands.  Then for a trickier game, we passed items through targets without knocking down the target, by shooting them through, making sure we didn't touch the circles.  Butterfly enjoyed doing this with the marble the best.

My blogging friends wanted to show you their activity ideas that they've done with marbles!  
Check out some more fun with marbles:

The Chocolate Muffin Tree's Recycled Marble Run and Marbles and Magna Tile Building Toys 

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