Week of March 30th
First, find a work mat! You can use a towel, bathmat, placemat, etc. Your child is used to having a designated workspace; one that they know is only theirs, and that they can safely leave their work on if they need a break, or something else comes up. They know where to come back to.
Second, have your child help you make these works! It encourages ownership and learning, plus its extra time together!
Last, rescue is robbery! Try your hardest to step back and just watch! You'll be surprised how much they can figure out!
Practical Life/Sensorial Work: Homemade Playdough
The children enjoy manipulating and creating with playdough.
They often spend extended periods of time focused on this work.
Working with playdough also strengthens hands, further developing handwriting.
There are many play dough recipes available online, one of our favorites: Click here!
This recipe doesn't require cream of tartar and water can be substituted for lemon juice.
Try adding food dye, glitter, sequins and essential oils. This recipe yields an amount that is a little larger than a tennis ball.
*A language extension for this work is to write letters, using a toothpick, in rolled out playdough.*
Language/Art work: Nature Journal
Go outside and get some fresh air! Start a Nature Journal and try to do this every day.
-Start by creating the journal (Folder papers to make a booklet)
-Write ‘Nature Journal’ and name on the cover
-Write the date on your page.
-Record one thing you saw, one thing you heard and one thing you smelled
-Add illustrations if you would like!
*If your child requires assistance with letter formation, use a light colored pencil so they can trace. Please allow your child to write independently as much as possible.*
-Follow instructional video to create sandpaper numbers: Click here!
-Allow numbers to dry completely
-Trace each number with two fingers
-Say the name of the number you are tracing
-Repeat with numbers your child is working on
With the numbers your child has a strong knowledge of, try a game of
Show Me The Numbers!
How to play:
-Set up numbers on one side of the room
-You and your child stand on the other side of the room
-Ask you child to bring you a number: “Can you please bring me the number One?”
-Child will choose that number and bring it over.
-Repeat for all the numbers.
-Option: When there are two left, you can ask them to bring both over, and tell you what they are. *If the number they bring you is incorrect, keep that in mind and practice at another time.*
Shoe Tying Practice
Follow this instructional video to practice tying your shoes!
Practical Life: Fine Motor Clothespins Work
Find a bowl and items that require a pinch grip to open and close
(I.e.: clothespins, chip-clips, hair clips, etc.)
-Place items in bowl
-Pinch clips open
-Line bowl with items
-Pinch items to open and remove
-Return them to bowl
Color Mixing Work
You will need 4 glasses or bowl, 4 straws or spoons, and primary color food dye
-Mix Red, Yellow and Blue water in 3 separate glasses
-Place one empty glass in front of the colors
-Using straw, cover one end while putting the other in the liquid
-Trap one colored water in straw and place in empty cup (or just spoon liquid into empty cup)
-Repeat with second color
-Use stirring spoon to mix together and see what color was made.
-Allow child to dump mixed colors in the sink
-Repeat as many times are they wish