Are You My Mother?
After reading our story, for an art activity, I gave Carmela bits of a paper bag to glue down onto a sheet of paper. This was our nest for the baby bird. I applied blue paint on her hand and let her place her hand print on the sheet. Rather than the baby bird sitting in the nest, she put her hand print so that his face is going face first into the nest. :) I colored a beak and eye afterwards.
We then played with her matching farm animals and called out their names and sorted them by momma and baby. It then turned into a game of chase the duck as she squealed and ran off shouting “QUACK QUACK!” She tired herself out and is now napping. This momma is going to join her shortly as I’ve been up since 1am.
[Carmela]: D … E…
[Me]: OMG OMG OMG OMG
Today’s lesson: sometimes the artwork of a child can be terrifying.
Ha! In all seriousness, today we read: The Tooth Book. Carmela can identify her eyes, ears, mouth, cheek, nose, tongue, teeth, legs. fingers, hands, feet, legs, belly, and hair. She can also say some of these body parts as well, including TEETH!
After reading our story, I showed her a mock up of the terrifying face, and then left it to her to glue them onto the page. I started her off though with two parts of the hair.
She didn’t find the face nearly as disturbing as I did, she actually liked it and enjoyed pointing out parts of the face.
While I enjoy doing our lessons/activities by the books that we read, I miss the structure of the curriculum I was following. I have noticed that past week or so Carmela will attempt to count items. When I say she’s trying to count, I mean she will point at items and touch them with her fingers, in a rhythm while saying either numbers she knows, or just sounds. But it sounds like shes trying to count. She does this especially with written numbers (on her desk the numbers 1-20 are laid out).
I also noticed her doing the same with letters and in books, like shes trying to say the alphabet.
With all this being said, I think I may return to the curriculum, or find a new one, and start from the letter A and number 1. I’ll likely begin next week. We’ll see.
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!