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!

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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!