The day is ours!
Shawn is working today so we’re staying busy until he returns home.
So far we’ve taken a walk to the dry cleaners and bakery, for a morning treat. Carmela then played for almost two hours with our neighbors daughter.
Now, we’re just relaxing as she’s winding down and will likely nap soon.
I thought about doing a lesson with her today since we didn’t do one yesterday, but I’ll see how the day goes. If we DO one it’ll be a simple one.
Ten Apples Up On Top!
This story was the most fun to read this the week. Our activity was also fun! I glued a photo of Carmela on one side of a paper bag and then let her glue numbered apples on her head. As she glued them, I’d hand her a number and tell her what number it was. She repeated some to the best of her ability.
Our next game was feed the worm! I laid out numbered apples, 1-10, and gave Carmela a cutout worm. I would then say a number, point to it, and she’d put the worm on the number. This held her attention for only so long and then she ran off with the worm and apples.
She loved that the picture of herself was on a part of a paper bag with a handle. She walked around with it swinging the sheet.
We also balanced an apple on our head, or at least tried.
When my husband saw the second photo he said, “Aw! She’s so proud of herself!”
These photos are exactly what I want for her. I want her to be curious. I want her to always be proud of herself and excited about life. I think as children we all are, but for many of us, this changes as we get older. Life has the ability to extinguish this “fire”. I want her life to feed the fire.
I will help her by always being proud of her. By not putting her down and belittling her. I’ll be that gentle nudge, that support, that tells her to keep trying. I’ll be that hug, the “I love you”, and shoulder she’ll need at times.
We help shape who our children will become as adults. I want to build her up.
One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish!
Messy is fun! The cleanup afterwards was worth it.
Carmela blended white, blue, and light blue paint together with her hands. Once it dried, I cut it out into the shape of a fish bowl. Well… as close to the shape of a fish bowl as I could possibly get. I then glued it onto a fresh sheet of paper and as we counted 1-10, Carmela glued the numbered fish onto her fish bowl.
We read the book before and again after the activity for the day. The second reading was more relaxed as we counted the animals on the pages.
Monsters One to Ten.
Our lesson today is happening a little later than usual as I haven’t felt that well. I still don’t feel all that great, but I feel bad for not doing anything with Carmela. She’s been a sweetheart all day with me, cuddling, kissing, and napping with me, so I decided to suck it up for her. <3
This week we’ll be focusing on numbers 1-10. Our first book this week stars Carmela’s favorite character; Elmo.
After reading our book and counting, we played with play-dough and used number molds to count from one to ten. She loves to say zero and then she tries to count, but doesn’t really say the words properly yet.
For our arts and crafts, I cut out shapes to make out an Elmo. I placed them together, without glue, showing her how it should look. She then took control and made him HER way :)
He had to learn, though, that some things are best kept to oneself. This was a difficult thing for children to master, she thought, as they were naturally frank. Duplicity and hypocrisy come later, instilled by adults; thus we learn to hide, to say one thing and mean another, to clad ourselves with false colours.
How Pizza Came to Queens by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
I love this book and remember reading it as a class in elementary school. I lived in Queens so my child mind thought it was a true story.
Today’s activity was a little different than usual. Rather than arts and crafts, we cooked! I measured out the ingredients and let Carmela do some of the pouring. I even let her pound on our homemade pizza dough. Fun!
The recipe was taken right from the book. Carmela’s first word after taking a bite was, “Yum Num!”
I’m glad we did this. It was fun, delicious, and a nice change.
After reading Goodnight Moon Carmela pasted a "moon" onto a page as well as photos of Shawn and I, herself, Casey (our kitty), Sasha (our puppy), as well as a couple other images and stars.
For some messy fun we made some puffy paint with glue and shaving cream and used it to make a moon! It won’t be dry until tomorrow, but she had a lot of fun!
She’s currently haphazardly sprawled across the bed and will likely wake up now as I type this. I am hoping she doesn’t though so that I can get some more work done. She woke me up this morning by a kick to my eye. I wanted to sleep in a bit and cuddle some more with her, but the blinding white light made me decide otherwise.
I can’t believe that she’s 18 months (and 5 days).
Skippyjon Jones - Cirque de Ole!
We, ahem I, love Skippyjon Jones. In every book there’s singing and silly accents.
To keep with the theme of singing we made a Paper Plate Shaker! Carmela colored with markers as I called out each color (she knows blue, purple, yellow, and green) and decorated it with some animal stickers. She repeated Cheetah (ch-tah!), Turtle (tuttle), and Kangaroo (roo). I let her pour the beans, I sealed it, and then she had some shaking fun! We played with the other instruments as well and sang the alphabet while doing so.
She doesn’t know the color red yet, so I let her use her red watercolor pop.
We also went over the numbers 1-10 with her Skippyjon Jones 1-2-3 book. She can say two after one, but calls the written number 1, the letter i.
Q:26, 38, 41. :) The reading one, just incase you reblogged more than one recently.
26:Do you like when books become movies?
I’m always excited when this happens, but normally I’m disappointed once seeing the movie.
38:Where is your favorite place to read?
I can read anywhere as long as I have a book, so i dont really have a favorite place to read. I think I actually read better when there’s a lot going on around me, rather than a quiet place.
41:Who gave you your love of reading?
Growing up being read to by my dad and sister as well as some amazing teachers I had.
Little Owl’s Night - Divya Srinivasan
Carmela absolutely loves owl’s and shouts out “OWL” whenever she see’s one.
Today we read Little Owl’s Night. I love the illustrations and the contrast is very eye catching for Carmela. It helps keep her attention while being read to.
For our activity, I cut out and glued the shape of a tree to construction paper to get us started. I showed her that the owl parts went together, without using glue myself. She then took control and glued each piece where she felt it went. I also allowed her to glue the leaves wherever she chose. I feel it’s important that she is able to take control of her activities. Even if it doesn’t come out “perfect” it’s still MY definition of perfect because she did it and had fun. She shouted “LEEV” for each leaf she put down :)
We also reviewed the alphabet and numbers 1-10 with a couple of owl themed printables. She hummed along and said ONE and TWO a couple of times.
Today is our first day in having a lesson outside of the curriculum. We still recited the alphabet, read, and counted, but without written guidelines.
Harold and the Purple Crayon!
I have two copies of this book, so while I read to Carmela she looked through her own book.
After reading, we identified different art tools; marker, chalk, colored pencil, crayon, and paint - all were the color purple. Carmela can say and identify the color purple so we worked on naming each item. She also used each of them, but favored her colored pencil (it’s the newest!).
Afterwards, she played with purple play-dough which I added purple glitter to. I also used some food coloring to make colored ice! She used these to paint, but then thought they were also yummy fruit pops to eat (oops - bad mom! hehe). I think we’re going to use them again later in the bath and paint with them in there and watch the water change colors. It works out since red and blue make purple.
While Carmela was scribbling away with her pencil she was talking and it sounded very much like she was trying to say her alphabet. She was going with the tune and I caught a couple of letters in there. :)