Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Teaching Left and Right

I have been quiet for a good reason. I've been developing some printables and activities for all my subscribers! So, if you haven't subscribed yet, now's a good time as the goodies will exclusively be for subscribers. Go ahead, just enter your email on the right. While waiting for the printables to go live, let's discuss teaching left and right.

I didn't teach my son the concept of left and right. I think he just got it on his own because whenever we were out walking, I would tell him to turn left or turn right and steer him towards the right direction. When the time came to study about left and right, he just showed me his hands and said, "this is my left hand and this my right hand." I was really surprised.

Even with this development, I still sometimes discuss the concept with him. Here are some of the ways I use to teach him left and right.


Book

I got this book from the Manila International Book Fair and I thought it  would be a fun way to reinforce the lesson and to teach cooperation and sharing. It comes in two languages, English and Filipino so it's very useful when teaching him the concept in Filipino.



Tying board

This board is a multipurpose learning tool. For younger kids you can teach colors. You can also use it as a visual aid when teaching about color sight words.



I stuck some 'L' and 'R' stickers on the shoes to teach the concept. Now we use this to learn how to tie shoelaces.

The delicious smelling hand


My son loves this peppermint Pocketbac. You can put some on just one hand to remind them that this is the right hand or this is the left hand. Smell evokes memories and when your child can't seem to remember his left from right, remind him about which hand smells delicious. On his own, he will always remember that the left/right hand always smells delicious.

Trace and label hand


This is probably one of the simplest and most basic activities for teaching the concept of left and right. My son gets a kick out of tracing his hands so we decided to do this. Oh, and he also decided that his hands would look better with caterpillars stuck on them.

Bracelets

My son loves wearing bracelets. He's 3 and acts like a teenager. He always wears bracelets on his left wrist. It's his choice. You can put a bracelet on your child's wrist to help them remember which is which. 

Hokey pokey Sunday school edition

This is a fun way to learn left and right. Just sing along with the song and act it out!



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Friday, November 4, 2016

Morning Work - Two Sparkly Pattern Making Activities

There's something about glittery and shiny things that get kids' attention. My son started liking glittery stuff when he saw a set of glitter paint in American Bazaar. He rarely asks me to buy him stuff but when he saw that set, he asked me to buy it for him.

Since then, I've been adding glitter to our activities. Check out these glitter activities that both boys and girls will surely love!

Sparkly Pompom Pattern Making Activity

Materials:


Sparkly pompoms
popsicle sticks
circle stickers
Sharpies, colors same as the pompoms
a plastic baggie or pouch

Let's do this!

Color each circle sticker, peel them off and stick to the popsicle sticks. Be sure to leave a space or two at the end. 

Tell the child to follow the pattern. Put pompoms on the correct color stickers and when he reaches the end, ask him what pompom comes next. I made harder patterns but you can always start with ABAB.







After playing, you can put them all inside a plastic baggie or pouch. This is a great busy bag activity too!



Jewel Sticks Pattern Making Activity 

Materials


jewel stickers
popsicle sticks
plastic baggie

Let's do this!

Peel the stickers and stick on the popsicle sticks. Make a pattern and ask your child to follow it and then ask what comes next. This is a harder activity as the sticks are of a different color than the stickers so it can be confusing but it can also be a good challenge for your kids. 








When you're done, place them in a pouch or plastic baggie. That's two busy bags for you!

If you want to save these ideas for your own homeschool, feel free to Pin the image below.


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Morning Work - Bling Out My Car Activity

We love doing arts and crafts projects in our homeschool so I normally collect materials. I buy materials from bookstores, craft stores, Divisoria and department stores. When we go abroad, I also like hoarding supplies. The main material we used for this activity was from Singapore, Popular Bookstore to be exact.


Materials:

Foam Cars from Popular 
Confetti
Glue
bowl for the confetti


I just gave the materials to my 3-year old son and he immediately got it. He put some glue on the cars and "blinged" them out. This is a super simple, no prep activity that kept him occupied for several minutes. It's also a great fine motor skills practice.




I've been planning some morning work activities for my son so that he can be busy while I prepare our breakfast. He used to just play with his cars but lately I've been seeing that bored look on his face so I decided to have something for him to do when he wakes up. I'll share more of our morning work activities here in the following days so be sure to subscribe!

Monday, October 31, 2016

6 Preschool Busy Bags for a 3.5-Hour Plane Ride

Hi! It's a long weekend here that is why the blog has been very quiet. We have been busy in school and activities last week so we only had a few lesson days. I'll try to get back to regular programming as soon as I can.

In the mean time, today I will share with you these six preschool busy bags for a 3.5-hour plane ride. My SIL is going to take her 3-year old son back to Singapore for the Christmas holidays and she told me that she was planning to make busy bags. Well, I love making busy bags. As a matter of fact, I like making kids' activities of all sorts (as you may already know) so I decided to surprise her and make some for her. These take little time to prepare and they're not very expensive too especially if you already have materials on hand. I collect a lot of arts and crafts materials as well as a steady supply of laminating films, card stock, etc. so these took no time to make.


First, I got these pouches to separate each activity. 

Busy Bag 1 - Shadow Matching

I printed off these Montessori Cards onto card stock, laminated and cut them. I'm sorry I forgot where I found the cards because it's been a long time since I downloaded them. We used these cards when my son was around 8 months old. If you know where to find them, I'd appreciate a link!




Busy Bag 2 - Egg and Ice Cream Sorting

This is another fun activity that my son enjoyed when we played it. The child just needs to sort the eggs according to color. I also added a sheet of ice cream stickers which he can use alternately to sort. Stickers are a huge hit among toddlers and preschoolers. They are also great practice for fine motor skills. Oh, I also added some instructions in each bag which I wrote on a Post-It, if you're wondering what that orange thing is. 



Busy Bag 3 - Counting Fish

This is a fun Math activity. I also don't have the link as we used this activity when my son was around 9 months old and he is 3 now. Again, I'd appreciate a link. 

You can use Do-A-Dot markers or dabbers for this activity if you don't want to laminate the cards. I laminated them so that they can be used over and over again. I included a sheet of sea creature stickers for my nephew to use. He will count the fish and put a sticker on the correct number. 



Busy Bag 4 - Living and Non-Living Things Sorting

My nephew is in school. He is in a pre-nursery class to prepare him for nursery next year. When my son was in nursery, we studied living and non-living things. I thought this activity would be a great primer for my nephew. Most of these are Montessori photos as well. 


Busy Bag 5 - Pompom Pattern Activity

This is super fun activity that my son enjoys up until now but he does the more complicated patterns. For this activity, I used the ABAB pattern. I have a bunch of pompoms in my supply, some circle stickers, Sharpies and big popsicle sticks so this took me about 5 minutes to make. 

First, I checked the color of my pompoms. Then I got my Sharpies and colored the circle stickers. Peel, then stick them to the popsicle sticks. Leave one space empty. Tell the child to put the corresponding pompoms onto the stickers and then for the last space, ask the child what pompom will come next. There should be 6 pompoms on the stick. 


Busy Bag 6 - City Sticker Scene

I'm pretty sure my nephew will get a kick out of this activity as it involves car stickers! I just printed off this city scene from Free Time Frolics, laminated it and cut it to the size of the pouch. This is a full page scene but I printed off just 75% for it to fit in the pouch. Then, I included a sheet of vehicle stickers. Free Time Frolics used real vehicle toys for this activity. You can use that too but I feel that for a plane ride, toys with wheels are really not a great idea. I know, I've been there, done that. When they fall off, it's hard to "chase" them. So, I stick to stickers and manipulatives that don't go running away from me. 

Bonus Tip: Bring materials, toys or manipulatives that are cheap so that if you lose them, you won't feel bad and you won't have to get up from your seat and ask someone to move or get the item for you. 



You can also punch a hole in each bag and bind them with a ring bind. It's a great way to keep them all together. I don't know if my SIL will like that as I'm publishing this before showing her the pics. I'll be shipping these off to the province.

I hope you liked my busy bags. If you want to save these ideas for an upcoming trip, feel free to Pin the image below.


You can find more busy bag ideas here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Homeschool Kindergarten 1 Lessons, Interactive Notebook and Activities - October 2016 Week 2

Here's what we're doing this week:

Comm Arts

Language 

  • names of things
  • noun identification
  • writing nouns
  • days of the week
Reading
  • final sound
Civics

  • transportation 
  • correct way of riding a vehicle
  • means of communication
Math

  • addition 
  • subtraction
  • subtraction story
Science, Filipino and more CA: