Monday, February 20, 2012

Week 15 & 16 - ABC Jesus Loves Me

We are several weeks behind in the curriculum, so I'm going to list the Bible stories/themes, but we didn't always go along exactly.  You'll understand as you go.  As always you can get the full lesson plans for Week 15 and Week 16 at ABC Jesus Loves Me.

This week's goals:
Bible Theme/Story:  Happy Birthday, Jesus
Bible Verse:  I John 4:8
Books:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?, I Love You Through And Through
Color:  Brown, Yellow
Letters: Q-S
Number: 1-5
Shapes:  Star, Square
Information:  Mom's name
Self-Care and Manners:  saying "excuse me", "please", "thank you"
Fine Motor Skill:  play with water, containers, sponge; square poster painted on vertical surface
Gross Motor Skill:  Memory obstacle course; march around the room singing your favorite song or nursery rhyme

The past 2 weeks we've been working on Valentine's Day cards for some family and friends.  And yes, it took us 2 weeks to get done all the cards we wanted to do.  You saw part of the process in the last post, and here's part of an almost finished product:

By the time that we working on our last card, Isaiah was with some guidance actually writing letters!  Go ahead, imagine this mama doing quite the happy dance!

Bible Story
Since we were making "Hearts of Many Colors", I decided to read the story of Joseph (and his coat of many colors) with the kids.  

We enjoyed reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?  This book was great for colors, of course; and we also used it for reviewing animals and their sounds.  Since we don't have I Love You Through and Through, we read Guess How Much I Love You, which is one of my favorites and has a cute brown hare in it after all.  

The M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting Book was a favorite for all 3 of us.  We used it for colors, counting and shapes.  It also has a fun section for subtraction if your child is ready to play with that fun aspect of learning - and eat a few M&M's.

Colors and Shapes and Numbers
Lots of coloring and play-doh worked for us.  Oh, and the M&M book again.  

Isaiah is really into playing kitchen right now.  We have a pretty good supply of plastic food and such, which we used for naming and talking about colors and shapes.  I'm finally starting to learn how to better direct Isaiah's play to be more of a learning opportunity.  This has been quite freeing for me, and I really like it!

Information, Self-care and Manners
Isaiah has all this down cold!  He's really something.  I have to remind him sometimes to call me "Mommy" when he gets really excited and starts hollering for "Cristy!"

If you've been around him for any length of time, then you know how well Isaiah uses "please" and "thank you".  We're working on "excuse me", which is a good thing as he becomes more familiar with those bodily things that boys think are so funny.

Fine Motor Skills
Continuing with our Valentine's Day activities, we made sugar cookies and cut them into hearts.  Isaiah did a great job with this, especially after I realized that his stander was at the perfect level to come right up to the table.  He seemed to have a great time!

We had to keep up our family tradition of "floured noses".

Nadia REALLY got into this baking!  She insisted on finishing all the dough once Isaiah had lost interest.

Our finished product.  Thanks to Grandma's sugar cookie recipe, they were a great hit!

Enjoying the fruit of his labors

We have been quite excited with Isaiah's activity in occupational therapy.  He stacked these pegs all by himself - all 10 of them!  This activity is something that he LOATHED doing in the past.

While we didn't even attempt a Memory Obstacle Course as the lesson plan suggested, Isaiah did work really hard in physical therapy on a tough obstacle course by his therapist.  He's learning how to lift his walker over small obstacles, and it's really hard.  He doesn't like it, but he's getting better at it.

On Valentine's Day, Isaiah and I got to spend lots of time together.  We had his pre-op visit for his upcoming surgery.  For 4 hours we waited and saw doctors, but mostly waited.  We had to pass the time somehow, so we made faces.

While I wasn't crazy about waiting 4 hours, I really did enjoy having some one on one time with my boy.

My sister-in-law, Emily has started posting her creative activities with her 3 little people, and you should definitely check it out!  She's a great teacher and a terrific mama.

1 comment:

  1. What fun you all are having ! We loved our Valentines ! Keep up the good work, Cristy .