Later in the day some more of my order of new resources for my under 5's came - bearing in mind that I will not likely be sending NJ to playgroup unless I learn to drive, I thought I'd better get sorted with him. I must confess some of the inspiration for this bean-baggy order came from Carisa over 1+1+1=1. So here are some photos from today and yesterday & my 'tot-tray' shelf which I just got organised. Some of NJ's were completely self-instigated (the dominos), some were him mucking in with CT (finger painting), some were 'tweeked' by him - beads go from threading to pouring! and others he played along with my plan for - well almost!! I've discovered this week he can thread round beads on pipe-cleaners and flat beads on laces, he can colour match red, blue and yellow and he can picture match, with some pretty nice attempts at finding labels for the pictures (I used one lotto board & tiles for this - he loved it).
THREADING BEADS ON PIPE-CLEANERS
EXPLORING THE ROLL OF DIFFERENT SHAPED BEADS
COLOUR SORTING (NO PROBLEM MUM!!) - AND NAMING!
BEAD POURING - NOW THAT'S MORE FUN!!
FINGER PAINTING - TIME TO GET MESSY!!
REALLY - MESSY!!
THREADING BUTTON BEADS ON STRING - EASY!!
(BUT IT DOES TAKE A LITTLE CONCENTRATION ;) )
TIME TO LINE-UP AGAIN - AND THEN STACK BACK UP.
DO YOU LIKE MY SMILE? ;D
Aside from Tot-school, CT has been very keen to 'do school' and his big question atm is "What's that letter?" So I think my alphabet buy will be a big hit with him too. Perhaps even better for him that NJ, but hey-ho - whatever. It seems he already knows 'curly c', 'kicking k', 'o' and 'ex' - so that's a good start considering I've taught him nothing so far! He was also making an attempt to write his name free hand today which is great :D (see pictures). He has also pretty much mastered lacing cards this week. He kept going back to it until he completed his way around one whole picture and despite the frustration of entanglement, he still persisted to the end - major progress :D
Ellie also suprised me today with the way she was able to play with the pattern shapes. She made some lovely pictures with them :D
I have decided to have a quick fly through Jolly Grammar with Phoebe as when going into Year 3 she tell me "I don't know how to write a sentance!" I feel a little paniced!! I'm not really sure this is true, but she obviously is not confident with her writing skills, so we are going to cover some 'ground rules' and then hopefully she will feel better equiped, and after all - I never actually did do JG with her because her reading was so far behind, so I guess there probably might be some gappy holes that need patching :D.
There has been a stack of cartoon drawing going on too - with the purchase of 6 whiteboards. The ones I've posted are JAH's and one is a bit gruesome, but is pretty brilliant all the same. I'll try to get some the others do over the next few days too - they really are pretty cool - even if they do rapidly consume my whiteboard markers!! :D
GRUESOME BUT AWESOME - by JAH
TOO COOL! by JAH
MUMMY'S FAVOURITE SHOT OF THE DAY!! :D