Sunday, January 22, 2012

ABC Jesus Loves Me - Week 12

After Isaiah's surgery the end of September, combined with the holidays making things crazy busy, our schooling has definitely been a little "loosey-goosey" so to speak.  But this week I was more purposeful while still trying to keep things fun and entertaining for Isaiah.

Nadia is really starting to join in on the fun, too, which I think makes things more interesting for Isaiah.  It's always more fun to have a partner in crime, right?

This week's goals:
Bible Theme/Story:  Thank you, God, for making me
Bible Verse:  Psalm 139:14
Books:  Wheels on the Bus, What Do You Do with a Grumpy Kangaroo?
Color:  Green, Purple
Letters: L-P
Number: 1-4
Shapes:  Circle
Information:  First, middle, and last name
Self-Care and Manners:  Dress self and name clothing
Fine Motor Skill:  Stickers on paper
Gross Motor Skill:  Walk along lines made by painter's tape in the shapes learned

Honestly, I'm not sure what happened to October and most of November.  I think I was pretty much surviving from day to day.  But God is gracious, and my children still love me.  While we were still learning lots and lots, it was hard for me to keep myself focused, let alone help the kids.  

But now we're getting back in the groove.  I'm getting more creative at keeping Isaiah interested in things, which keeps us both happy.

We reviewed the Creation Story and how God created people on Day 6.  Isaiah even tried to draw a picture of Daddy, and I am so sad that I didn't get a picture.  We did learn "Head & Shoulders, Knees & Toes", which brought us all lots of laughter!

Since Isaiah LOVES the iPad, I'm trying to incorporate it into our time together.  I found "Wheels on the Bus" as an app (and score points for Mama) Isaiah really liked it!  He's even found it on his own and played with it, including changing the language settings.  His favorite page is "the doors on the bus open and shut".

We also worked on colors with a sketching app that lets you draw with your finger.  It's like a modern-day Etch-a-Sketch!  

Lots of color fun with play-doh this week.  Thankfully we were able to keep Nadia from eating it, most of the time.

We also worked on shapes and following directions by playing tic-tac-toe with the play-doh.  Isaiah didn't have the patience to help me make the shapes, but he enjoyed the game.  He seemed to learn his colors!  Green is his go-to color for everything, but he remembered purple, which he didn't know before.

We're still slowly working on numbers and letters.  We count pretty much everything, and on a good day, Isaiah will count up to 12.  

For fine motor we did a lot with play-doh and tried to color some.  Gross motor involved a lot of wheel chair activity, which btw, Isaiah does incredibly well!

To work on emotions, I laminated the faces from the curriculum and we tried gluing them to tongue depressors.  That didn't work so well, so we just talked about the different faces.  This will definitely take some more time.  Isaiah needs to add the feeling words to his vocabulary.

So, for full lesson plans, check out ABC Jesus Loves Me.  And you've got to read by sister's new blog at Three Tiny Tots.  She's super creative and fits in a lot of fun activities with her adorable children, not that I'm partial or anything.

Have a great week.  We'll see ya when we see ya.

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