We had so much fun during our first week of school! Let’s see what we did this week…
✓ Colored in a box
✓ Made necklaces with circles
✓ Transferred red items with tongs
✓ Explored lentils and apples in our sensory bin
✓ Did a science experiment
✓ Learned to recognize our names
✓ Learned the months, days, color red and the shape circle
✓ Counted to 10
✓ Did some basic adding and subtracting
✓ Learned some Spanish
✓ Learned the letter “Aa”
✓ Listened to letter sounds
✓ Read books
✓ Played outside
✓ Made alligators
✓ Made paper airplanes and flew them
Whew! No wonder Ms. Taryn is tired!!! See you next week 🙂
Stickers! I haven’t met a child yet that does not love stickers…getting one and sticking them;) This project is so simple but so rich in development. All you need is a sheet of paper and a sheet of stickers to enhance fine motor skills, experience cause and effect and explore textures. It may take some time showing your child how to peel the sticker off the sheet and how to stick it on the paper without it sticking to his finger but after that he will be a pro;) I have some preschool children that can clear a sheet of stickers in record speed! LOL Let him experiment with the stickers…how hard is it to pull it off the paper, how sticky is it, does it get less sticky as he plays with it, introduce puffy stickers, or what does it feel like to cover your body in stickers, use the stickers to practice one-to-one correspondence counting. So many endless possibilities!!!
BUBBLES!!!! Have you ever met a child who does not love bubbles? They are exciting and fun to chase! As a teacher, I love them to but for many other reasons…;)
- Just simply blowing into the bubble wand and watching the bubbles come out teaches cause and effect, a crucial STEM concept.
- When done as a group activity, blowing bubbles encourages positive social behaviors such as, taking turns, sharing and enjoying an activity with peers.
- It is hard not to scream BUBBLES, so this alone helps work on early developing sounds /b/ for bubbles, /p/ for pop and /m/ for more…because they always ask for more!
- Bubbles float everywhere! This is great for teaching spatial concepts such as up, down, left, right. Math concepts, as well, big bubbles, small bubbles, one bubble, two bubbles, a lot of bubbles.
- It is also hard not to chase bubbles, making it easy for children to practice their gross motor skills too. Following where the bubbles float will also help to develop eye tracking.
- Blowing bubbles helps with breathing skills…how fast/slow, short/long to blow to make the bubbles come out of the wand. Learning to take deep breaths will also help speech development as they realize how much air they need to speak. Those deep breaths can also help adults who are blowing the bubbles…it is almost impossible to be stressed after blowing bubbles:)
- Blowing bubbles helps to build the muscle tone in the cheeks and lips, shape the mouth and encourage mouth awareness…all important to speech development.
And you thought bubbles were just for fun!
Reading and literature help to expand your child’s thinking. Asking questions help to verify what they are learning and develop thinking skills. The next time you read to your child, ask her questions that will encourage her to think. Questions such as, “What will happen next?” will encourage deeper cognitive involvement.
To take this activity even further, you could ask her to create a different ending through dictating or have her draw pictures.