This is the first week using our New Approach of recording lessons as or after they happen.
I have to tell you, I was amazed.
In the previous method of making a list of activities to accomplish through the week, my focus (without succumbing to pressure) was to watch and see which of those specific lessons we completed. This week, however, my eyes were opened to the amount of learning that truly takes place everyday, naturally. The challenge this week was deciding what learning experiences to record! Rather than having my attention concentrated on a pre-made list, I was able to see that when Mason decided to play with the circle math addition facts of 10 for fifteen minutes – it was a math lesson. When we discussed the difference between cannon and canyon, discussing spelling, and looking up pictures on the internet – this was a science/language arts/history lesson. I could list numerous other experiences throughout the week.
Don’t get me wrong,
I still have a pathway of advancement that will challenge and move the kiddos forward. I even found that I personally want to keep a list for each child as to what is the next step in their learning. For right now, I know the plans I have for them. I know the next things I want to work on in reading and math. The freedom is, as I create it or find it, then they can do it. They are two and four years of age…I’m in no rush!
Addition facts of 10, by The Learning Leaf
- Mason rediscovered the two colored counters, with which we made addition cards. He spent quite a bit of time not only placing the counters but really focusing in on the addition problems at the bottom. Since the cards are laminated, I gave him a dry erase marker and he wrote in the answer on each, only to find out they all equal 10! This will launch further exploration and experiences with the very important addition facts of 10.
(click the pic to download these cards)
- After working with the addition facts, we took the counters and made two lines for a number. For example – 4 is two lines of two, 6 is two lines of three counters. Then it turned into questions such as, “What is two lines of 4?” This was a lot of fun to watch him explore the concept of doubles.
- While cleaning out the garage this weekend, my husband found a set of Blue’s Clues story sequencing cards. Mason was very interested in these and spent the next 15 – 20 minutes working on them. Four cards created a simple story, and he had to place them in the correct order.
- We also made a trip to the library this week, and came home with a set of fifteen Hooked on Phonics books in which each book focuses in on a specific vowel sound, as well as incorporating word families and sight words. Throughout the week he read books #1-8.
- I pulled out our pile of activity/workbooks and Mason decided he wanted to work in one. He did many mazes and other small puzzles, which are always good for practicing fine motor skills. On a couple of pages, there were words to unscramble. On those pages, I told him what letter to write next, so he was able to practice writing alphabet letters.
Coloring by Number
- There were also two pages of color by number which is wonderful because he read the colors himself. So really this doubled as Reading practice because of the sight words he was using.
- Mason traced numbers on an August calendar up to the current day. He also completed a shape tracing sheet that came with the calendar pack from RoyalBaloo.com (search for calendar)
Color and Name States
- A US map was included with the calendar pack from RoyalBaloo.com (search for calendar). Mason colored in and we named each state. We will revisit this in the future to learn facts about these states.