Sunday, September 18, 2011

Two Weeks In A Row!

Well, week one went so well, I thought we'd keep on going.  Just kidding, we were going to go on no matter what, but if it hadn't been fun, we would have made changes.

Here's the original lesson plan, if you would like to see all the options available.  Momma C has found some great resources!

This week's goals:
Bible Story:  Creation Day 3
Books:  When the Elephant Walks
Color:  Blue
Letters: A-G
Number: 1
Shapes:  Line
Information:  First Name  (We actually worked on last name, since Isaiah knows this cold)
Self-Care and Manners:  "Please" (This is one of Isaiah's best manners!  He's very good at saying please and thank you!)

We're still getting in the groove of life in America, and we're trying to fit in as many reunions as possible, so our schedule is not routine to say the least; but it is fun!

We are in the habit now of reading our Bible story every morning.  Even Nadia is getting better at sitting still for this time!  Isaiah's cath time has become a regular singing session when we sing the Bible memory verse.  This week he actually repeated some of the words with me!

Monday we kept things pretty simple and did prep work for our Day 3 craft by cutting strips of green construction paper that would later be used for grass.  I was so proud of Isaiah's cutting!  He still needs me to hold the paper for him and encourage forward progress, so alas, no pictures; you'll just have to take my word for it that he did the work.

Tuesday we enjoyed a day with friends, and Isaiah enjoyed exploring the different environment and practicing new friends' names.  I think he's becoming more and more understandable to other people.

Wednesday we finished off the Day 3 craft and enjoyed blue:  blue play-doh, blue-colored shaving cream, blue guitars.  It was a blue fiesta.  We worked on lines with the play-doh and the shaving cream, not so much the guitar, though the strings are lines.  Isaiah usually just pulls apart the play-doh into tiny pieces and moves them around, but he did attempt to roll play-doh into a line for about 10 seconds, which is 10 seconds longer than he's ever tolerated that before.

Isaiah LOVES glue.

Check out that grass!  I helped him with the placement of the tree, but the grass and flowers were all his own.

We also worked on letter recognition.  I made capital and lower case cards for every letter of the alphabet.  Isaiah doesn't vocalize the letters very well on his own yet, but out of a field of three he identified the correct letter 8 out of 10 times.  We only worked on A, B, C; and I completely forgot to work on the number 1 specifically, but I did hear him counting things that he was pulling out of the cabinet the other day, and he started off with 1 and made it all the way to 4 on his own!

The tray on Isaiah's stander tilts up and down, so I have a built-in vertical surface.  Thank you Squiggles!

Thursday we worked with sister on a sorting toy.  Last year at this time, Isaiah could still not do sorting toys without a lot of assistance.  I'm pleased to say that he definitely shows improvement!  When he's paying attention he can identify the correct hole for the shaped toy 8 times out of 10, and he can get the toy in on his own!  Go, Isaiah!

Friday we focused more on Day 3 by going to play in the dirt.  Isaiah knows without a doubt that God made DIRT!  We all had a great time playing in the dirt.  Yes, even Mama.

Yes, our dirt was sand, but you work with what you've got.

Saturday we used a drink bottle for this cool painting idea originally found at The Amazing Mess.  Isaiah loves playing with bottles, so this was right up his alley.  You simply use the bottom of the bottle to make the flower and the cap to make the center.  On one flower, Isaiah got the bottle cap in the center of the flower all by himself!  He also picked out his own paint colors, which I thought was pretty cool. (see picture below, on my fridge)

Faves of the week:

Isaiah:  Definitely the guitar.  Isaiah likes to play the guitar because Daddy plays the guitar.  Or perhaps playing in the dirt!  What boy doesn't love dirt?

Mama:  Other than the play date, my favorite activity was the bottle painting.  It was really cool and showed me some development in Isaiah I wasn't anticipating.  Oh, and playing in the dirt.


A picture of pictures.  I love having refrigerator art.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the lesson plan link. We will use it for sure. I need all the help I can get. Have a great day.