Week of May 26th

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: Coin Sorting

You will need an assortment of pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters, 5 bowls, and your work mat.

 

-Put all coins in center bowl

-Surround center bowl with 4 empty bowls

-Child will sort one type of coin into each bowl

-Return coins to center bowl

-Repeat as many times as desired

*Extension: Label bowls with cent amount of each coin. This will help reinforce the values, as well as number recognition.*

Sensorial: Small, Medium, Large Sorting

You will need one bowl, an assortment of similar/matching objects, and labels that read “Small”, “Medium”, and “Large”. Use the same amount of each size. This is a control of error. If the child counts more small objects than medium, they know one object needs to be moved to a different size.

 

-Put small, medium, and large objects in one bowl, along with labels

-Child will lay out labels

-Line up objects under the labels

-Count to see the same number of objects is under each size

-Return objects and labels to bowl

-Repeat if wanted

 

*Make it work for you! In the image, legos are used because they are clearly different sizes. In the classroom, a more advanced version of this lesson will use identical objects of different sizes, i.e.: Buttons that match, but are 3 different sizes. You can tailor this lesson to your child. Also, using objects that they enjoy can help pull their interest in. Use toy cars, doll clothes, or the coins from coin sorting.*

Glasses Cleaning

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Silver Polishing

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Art: Self Portrait

You will need paper, drawing utensils, and a mirror. Some of the children will know what a self portrait is, others may require explanation. If you have an extra picture frame, provide your child with appropriate frame size paper so they may display their finished masterpiece

 

-Set up mirror on a table with paper and art supplies

-Have your child draw a self portrait by looking in the mirror

-Display artwork around the house

Sensorial and Language: Create your own Nature Table/Tray

-Have your child collect and add anything to their table or tray that they deem fascinating

-The items should be non-living (even if it once was)

-Examples: flower petals, leaves and moss. 

-If you have a magnifying glass, this is a great opportunity to have your child study their chosen items more in depth. 

 

*Extension: Have your child write their collected nature items in their Nature Journal. For an added challenge, encourage your child to use an adjective to describe their items and then document in journal. For example: tiny feather*

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