My toddler has been interested in mice lately so we decided to expand on his new interest. This is what we did this past week:
1- We read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie over and over and talked about the pictures. This is one of my favorite children’s books. Children love it and the pictures are so much fun.
2. We made a mouse craft that went everywhere with us. Here is the outline for the mouse craft. For this craft you need: gray construction paper, two circles cut out of pink construction paper for the ears, two googly eyes, a black marker or pen to draw on the face, and craft glue.
3. We baked cookies and talked about how the mouse in the book and mommy like cookies 🙂
4. We talked about the sequencing in the book. This book is an excellent introduction to sequencing. The mouse wants a cookie, then a glass of milk, then a straw, then a napkin, then a mirror, a pair of scissors, and the list goes on.
5. We acted out the book. We read the book and found the items in the book around our house. This was a hit! He loved going around the house and looking for the objects.
6. We watched youtube videos of real mice! And this concluded our mouse week.
Hope you get to try these activities with your kiddos!
I am currently working once a week as a Speech-Language Pathologist and I’m a full-time mommy the rest of the week, so this summer I will be posting more on parenting topics as they relate to literacy, speech, language, early intervention, etc. I typically try to do one or two educational thing/s with my toddler every day. I’ll try to post about our daily activities on here 🙂
Today after my son (19 months) was done eating breakfast in his highchair, he saw crayons on the table and wanted to use them. He loves his letters so he asked me to write down “M” for mommy and “D” for daddy. I didn’t have any paper nearby and I was too lazy to move. There was a stack of paper plates on the table so I wrote some letters on the back of a paper plate and he read the letters as I wrote them down. He found this extremely entertaining so he asked me to get more plates and draw more pictures and write more letters. He usually tries to get out of his highchair right after he is done eating but he liked scribbling on the back of the paper plates so much that he stayed in there for an extra 40 minutes.
I am a big advocate of the Reggio Emilia Approach for young children. When I see that my child is interested in something, I expand on it and use it as a learning opportunity. Today I saw that he loved the idea of writing/scribbling on the back of paper plates so I let him explore and have fun with that. I have been trying to work on his fine motor skills with crayons and teach him to stabilize with one hand and draw with the other hand; he was finally able to do that today for almost a minute using the paper plates. When you focus on your kids’ interests you’ll be surprised what they can achieve.
The point: Sit back for a few minutes every day, observe your children throughout the day when you have time, and see what it is that they’re interested in, then let them lead. Try to figure out what motivates them. Use those highly desired objects and activities to elicit language and teach them new things. I was able to review all his letters with him and work on his grasp today because he was interested enough in this activity and let me help him for 30+ minutes. We had so much fun with this simple activity.
Here he is stabilizing with his left hand and scribbling with his right hand trying to copy these letters 🙂
A little bit about the Reggio Emilia approach: The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy. The foundation of the Reggio Emilia approach lies in its unique view of the child. In this approach, there is a belief that children have rights and should be given opportunities to develop their potential. The child is also viewed as being an active constructor of knowledge. Rather than being seen as the target of instruction, children are seen as having the active role of an apprentice. (Katz 1993)
References: Katz, Lilian (1993). Edwards, C., Gandini, L., Forman, G. (Eds), ed. The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education. Norwood, NJ: Ablex Publishing Corporation. p. 19-37.
Happy 4th of July all! Before you leave the house to celebrate today, go over these multisyllabic words with your kiddos and discuss their meanings if you have time 🙂 You can always make each holiday an educational experience. Click on the link to download these words and the coloring page. Fourth of July Multisyllabic Words [FREEBIE]
As you all know World Cup 2014 is happening right now. I have noticed an increased interest in soccer in some kiddos I know so I decided to make this soccer themed packet and focus on pronouns and prepositions. I made this specifically for one of my speech kiddos but I decided to share it on here so you can use it with your kids as well. Many kids with language delays struggle with pronouns (e.g. I, you, she, he, they, etc.) and prepositions (e.g. on, under, over, behind, etc.) so I always have to find new ways to teach these parts of language. Here is the packet in honor of the World Cup: –> Soccer Themed Pronouns and Prepositions.