B is for Bat (which he is flying), boat, ball
A few things.
1)Has anyone else noticed that I use "So," to start a sentence way too frequently?
2)We have clearly established that I naturally lean towards laziness, right?
3) Sorry for the awful instragram photos - I never intended to write about this.
Excellent. Now we can move forward.
So, a few months ago, I realized that my son and I had fallen in to a delightful, but not all that productive routine in the mornings before I head out to work. I am not one to be structured, organized or productive but even this was a little much for me. I can handle an easy going household with dishes in the sink, stomachs full of delicious food and lots of time spent outdoors exploring, but again, we were not using our time in a constructive way.
Which, lead me to realize, that as an individual, I do really well in a high structured environment. Not that my son does, but I do, and well, hell, sometimes you are two years old and you are just along for the ride.
This whole restructuring of our mornings this has now evolved into a formal learning time for The Beast, and has become something that he really enjoys, and really looks forward to. After the dishes are done, a load of laundry has been switched, we have vacuumed and we have done one other random daily task (because, have you seen how useful a toddler is with a sock as a dusting rag? It was like they were born to get all the spots low to the ground you always miss). I ask if he is ready for our activities and he yells "LETTERS! LETTERS! ME LETTERS!"
B is for Beach. We went beach camping yo.
I can't say that we do anything too crazy, I am not here to reinvent the wheel folks (and this is just straight from an email I sent to Charlotte)
- Made a collage of A's from magazines (he likes collages for some reason)
- Went to see Animals at the Wild Animal Park
- Did a realism painting of an apple
- Made Apple oatmeal pancakes
- Did a painting with an apple (like a stamp)
- Made a letter "A" in glue and glued beans along it
- Traced sand paper "A"s with our fingers
- Made an alligator with a toilet paper roll, tissue paper and glue
- Read books about Animals
- Went to the airport to watch airplanes
- Did letter/coordinating word (like an apple) stamping using these and these
C is for Cars or Colors....it was a win/win situations really.
As his enjoyment of the activities has evolved over the past several weeks, I have found my planning taking slightly deeper roots, and my love for Excel has shown through.
|Letter D||Letter D||Letter D||Letter D||Letter D|
|Play Dough D||D Dot Stamper Sheets||Duck Craft||Finger Tracing Bag||Dinosaur Letter Match|
|Sandpaper Letter D||Duck For President Book||Dinosaur fossil impressions|
|Counting Dinosaur Tracks||More/Less Dinosaurs||Duck Feeding||Dinosaur Ice Dig||Make Dinosaur Eggs|
|Letter D||Letter D||Letter D||Letter D||Ella Birthday|
|Make A Drum||Dairy Of A Worm||Dolphin Extras Sheet||Construction Book|
|To The Nat?|
|Count Beats On Drum||Dirt Dessert||Desert Sensory Table||Digging In Sandbox||
D is for Dinosaur...dinosaur fossils with air dry clay
Between all of the amazing out there, pintrest, and just going off of the things The Beast likes, I have been able to keep us going! It has been a really fun experience so far. Nothing too serious, a great way for us to interact together, and well, the dude likes it.
As he and I figure this out together (this = mornings, not homeschool - I don't think homeschooling is for us, I just can't justify the cost of a private preschool, and there don't seem to be many non-denominational ones in our area...but maybe this is just how it starts). I have found some great products that we have gotten a lot of use out of.
- Play and Learn: Do-A-Dot ABC's, Numbers & Shapes Activity Book - There are a lot of free worksheets on the web, which we use. For some reason though, The Beast loves the sheets from this book the most. Simple, and awesome. Additionally, there is a place where you match a letter cut out to a printed letter. It is always a good day when The Beast gets to do this.
- Amazing Action Alphabet - The concept of the book is that each letter gets it's own page. Then there is a silly paragraph filled with alliterations. You read the paragraph once, then there is an action that goes along with with story that the child gets to do. So, when the bubble blowing bear says B-b-b, the child makes the sound while pretending to blow a bubble wand. This book has found it's way into our daily rotation.
- Snap Cubes®, Set of 100 - We play with these A LOT. From counting, to patterns, to memory games to color sorting to just plain building fun. They go everywhere, but they have been really versatile to have around the house.
- Sandpaper Letters - I had never seen these letters before, but they are really neat. The letter is made out of sand paper, and the child can trace the letter with their finger and feel it. The Beast finds these hilarious to do.
...and yeah. That is what we have been up to. What have you been up to?