Monday, April 22, 2013

Race Car Math & Some New Favorite Games

T and I are really getting back into the swing of things now that F is 11 weeks old! We're figuring out a new rhythm to our day. Often I'll wear F while playing with T. We've even managed a few excursions lately! Shopping is getting easier too.
 Here are some of our latest activities.


This was an activity from the free MEP Math Reception online. He had to tear a piece of brown paper into a bear shape. I was so surprised (and pleased!) at the result!

You can even take preschool homeschooling on the road! Flowering Baby level 4 (ages 3-4) had us play "I spy shapes". We did it away from home. It was a cool day. We were going to meet friends at the nature center in town. When I got there I got a text from our friends saying they were just leaving their house! So we waited, parked; while I nursed F in the back seat T and played "I spy shapes" until they arrived.
He spied a red rectangle- on the lock.
Circles on his car seat.
A square near the back window (he's sticking his finger through it)

 Another activity Flowering Baby level 4 had us do was turn squares into triangles and back again.

We used some napkins & a tissue.

Our Toppletree game pieces were perfect for practising counting by 2s. In fact, we played Toppletree while we practised. Whenever the "tree" got too heavy and fell over I had T count the fallen pieces. It was such fun!
You see here he'd not quite followed the game as it was directed. At least he still got the counting right.

I bought "Making Math Meaningful K" which is so far all hands on fun and games. 

In this activity, T dropped a pencil that had been held vertically. He then drew a picture showing how it fell on its side.

T worked on "equal" and "unequal" using forks, wiki sticks, and pipe cleaners.

Here's a fun one. I made two unequal balls of play dough.

First, T had to tell me if they were the same size or different. Then, he had to adjust them to make them the same.

Finally I took one of the balls and changed the shape into a snake.

Who can resist play dough?

Not nearly as far as playing with race cars though. We had a blast!
Using pipe cleaners we made a track. He had to guess which would make it to the end first if released at the same time. Would one beat the other? Would they get to the end at the same time? Then we mixed things up by moving the track's position so one car started at a different place than the other (although both tracks had the same length. 
We played this again and again and again.

We are really enjoying the complete original Thomas the Tank Engine stories by Rev Awdry!

"Come on everybody, let's go down, down, down, down!" Doing a Callirobics exercise practicing long-short-long-short strokes. I love Callirobics. It's a great way to work on relaxing your grip, as well as the strokes.

Matching t: truck, tea, toothpaste

I then wrote the words down.
He traced them, and together we worked on copying them.

Writing practice "farm"

Here is T practising reading some CVC sentences.

Playing a rhyme matching game.
This is a fun shopping cart game. The winner is the person who finds all the items on their list first. I can't count the number of times we've played it.

T's absolute favorite activity this week was when he became an "author". He was so excited! His book is now the most requested read piece in the house. Flowering Baby had us read Harold and the Purple Crayon this week. Then it had him write and illustrate his own story. I suggested he use a different color, but he stuck with purple. T and the Purple Crayon. Written and illustrated by T. Well, he dictated it, and I wrote it down as he said it to me.

Misc. Activities

We learned a little about our cardiovascular system. He found his pulse. Wow, did he find that fascinating! He won't let me return that particular book to the library yet.

A bit of geography studies overlaps with math/logic while working on a continents puzzle.

Playing "I Spy Purple!"

Melting ice experiment. How long will it take?

About an hour. There was a tiny chip left. Melted a couple minutes later.

Practical life skills practice. We're working on dressing. I got out one of my old Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, and a newborn sleeper F grew out of. It's perfect for him to practice dressing. Buttons and snaps especially!

We made it back to the nature center. T just loves the giant "keys" they have for kids. You insert it in a slot and it makes noise. Bug zapper zapping. Woodpecker pecking. Even starts water running! He still isn't showing any interest in the signs. Right now it's just a fun place to play!Last week was quite warm. One particularly warm day we returned to the zoo! It'd been several months since we last visited, and I could tell T wanted to spend the whole day there. He particularly enjoyed the desert exhibit and the aviary. I bought a year pass, so now we'll be frequenting the zoo. Fun times ahead!

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