A lot of friends have been asking me how I teach my kiddos and keep them busy everyday. Well, anyone with children knows that it is not easy. I have two 2 year old twins and an 11 month old. I am a stay at home mom. My kiddos do not go to day care, so they’re at home with me all day everyday and I love it. Every weekend, I try to come up with some lesson plans for the week. With 3 kids, I don’t always have time to create things. I am a huge fan of Pinterest, Google, and my mommies for some ideas.
The girls have been learning sensory and development activities ever since the day we brought them home from the NICU at 2 months old. Now, I’m doing the same with baby #3. Once the twins turned 18 months, I started to sit them down and teach them numbers and alphabets. By the time they turned 2, Michaela and Madison knew their entire ABC’s (in capital letters), could spell their name, count 1 – 20 in English, count 1 -10 in Vietnamese, and knows 10 shapes and all the colors. My goal is to get them ready for Pre-K.
We have three – 30 minute learning sessions a day. I schedule the lessons/activities around Shiloh’s nap time. This way, I am able to focus on just the twins and they would not get distracted by their little curious sister. Sometimes, the activities take longer and at times, they only last 15 minutes. Watch your child’s queue. They can get overwhelmed and/or tired. When they are, I just stop the lesson/activity and do something else. Then we pick it up again later in the day. I’ll be honest, life happens and with 3 kiddos under 3, life gets chaotic at times. There are days where I am unable to go through all the lessons that I have planned.
I am hoping to be able to share with you my weekly learning plans. I hope you find it helpful as well as fun.
This Week, We’re Learning:
The letter – H, The Shape – Heart, The Number – 3, and the Color – Red
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought it’d be a great week to learn about H, HEARTS, all things RED, and the number 3.
I have a chalkboard where I write what we are planning on learning for the week. The girls will watch me write and draw on the board. Then, I would point to the letter of the week and ask Michaela and Madison if they know what the letter is. A lot of times, the blurt the answer with excitement and that’s ok. I would then ask them to remember to raise their hand and I ask the question again. Then we move the the shape, number, and color. I also ask and teach them in Vietnamese.
The chalkboard: My husband made the chalkboard for me to document my pregnancy. Now, it’s been recycled and hung in the family room for the girls to see everyday for our lessons. For the color, I picked up paint swatches from Walmart and place a velcro sticker on the back.
What starts with the letter H
Gather objects around the house starting with the letter H. Use blank index cards and write the words for each object. Place each object on the table or floor. Go through each object and have your child tell you what it is. Then match the word card that’s associated with that object. Make it into a game. Michaela and Madison always learn words in both English and Vietnamese.
House (nhà), Heart (tim), Horse (con ngựa), Hanger (móc), Hat (nón), Hot dog (no translation)
Tracing and color activty
Have a print out of the letter H and h. Since my girls are only 2 and are not proficient at writing, I have them trace the letter with their finger first. We will trace with their finger until they advise me that they are ready for the next activity. Usually 5 minutes for us. Then we move onto tracing the letter with a marker. This print out is from first-school.
I love love love the dollar store. I had purchased a lot of booklets from the dollar section at Target, Dollar Tree,and Dollar General. These books are awesome and you can’t beat anything that’s $1.00. After the first week having the girls learn their alphabets and learning to write, I quickly realized that we were going through a lot of workbooks and those $1.00 is starting to add up. The girls would practice writing, get frustrated, and want to start over on a new page. The solution: make your own write and wipe work books. My favorite thing to do is to laminate each page and have the girls practice writing with washable markers or dry erase board markers. Now you can reuse these pages over and over and over again!
H Activity – Heart Tree
Monday’s activity we made a heart tree. You will need:
- Construction papers
- writing instrument
- glue stick
- safety scissors
- heart stickers
The girls traced their hands and with help from mom, we cut out their hands prints. Then they glued the hands on another piece of construction paper. Then they peeled and stuck the hearts on their hand tree. Tracing, glue stick, and stickers. What’s not to love about this activity. Michaela had so much fun, that they each made another heart tree for their little sister Shiloh.
The Number 3
They learned to count and trace 3 and three
They prepared their own snack plates. They chose the plate with 3 compartments and chose 3 different snacks to eat. I had them count the amount of snacks. Of course, they were not happy with eating just 3 grapes, so we had to go back for more. I love to include Michaela and Madison in the kitchen. I learned that if they prepared or help prepare making their own foods, they are more apt to eating it.
Build the letter H
The girls were able to build the letter H with popsicle sticks. Something so simple, but kept them interested for 15 min. Afterwards, they practiced writing. I laminate all my printouts. If the girls feel that they messed up their writing, they were able to wipe and write again and again and again.
H is for Hands
Michaela and Madison loves to paint and especially hand & footprint art. I thought it would be fun and educational to learn about what their hands are for. I just used Microsoft word and typed the above document. With the paint color of their choice, they made hand prints. Afterwards, we read the book Hands are Not for Hitting.
They also learned, H is for:
- holding hands
- high five
H is for Helping Helpers
I’ll be honest. The last lesson of the day was my favorite. I totally took advantage of H is for helping helpers. Michaela and Madison loves to help mommy, so we did H is for house chores. Mommy’s helpers helped with cleaning the family room, cleaned their room, put away all their toys, fold and put away laundry, set the table, cleaned their table, and the reward of the day… they helped mommy bake cupcakes for their Sunday school class.
The color red
Worked in the workbook.
Sorting color beads
I love using beads. Fun and educational activities are endless. I purchased this tong from the Dollar tree, the beads are from Hobby Lobby, and the pencil case holder is from Dollar General. This activity is a great for learning colors and fine motor development. Sometimes, I will take this case with us when we go out to dinner. Michaela and Madison, like any toddlers, can get antsy at the dinner table. An activity like this will help keep the kiddos occupied and learning while you’re waiting on food or just want to be able to finish a meal.
This is another one of Michaela and Madison’s favorite activity/lesson. Children loves to explore and they are natural investigators. On this day, we are looking for anything and everything that is RED. I give them each a basket and have them to search for all things red. I set the timer for 5 minutes. It is awesome to see the objects they gathered around the house. After times up, we will sit on the floor and go through their basket. We’ll look at the item and also learn what letter the item started with. Ie: red strawberry. starts with S. red dress. it starts with D. We also learn to say the object in Vietnamese. Send your little ones on a mission! They’ll love it!
The shape heart
Michaeala and Madison loves play doh. But then what kids don’t. They can play with play doh all day, every day. Since we are learning about hearts, I gave them some heart shaped cookie cutters and let them create and have fun.
Yay, another beads and fine motor activity. These assorted shaped beads were purchased at Hobby Lobby. The girls sorted beads in the shape of a heart. Then they sorted red shapes. The girls had a lot of fun and wanted to sort other shapes.
These past couple weeks, our family was hit with the cold and stomach bug. The weather was beautiful and the family started feeling better, so we decided to spend half the day outside. We took the kiddos to their favorite playground. And of course, anywhere and everywhere we go, I try to find something educational to do. Once in a while, I asked them to find something red to play on. Then break time, what can we sit on to rest that is also red.They pointed out the things that are red. And as I was leaving, a little girl was drawing on the concrete ground. I ask them to spot something that starts with an H. My little girls are so good. They quickly spotted the house.
H is for Horse
For this lesson, the horse IS the letter H. This activity is another great way to introduce the letter.
You will need: brown and black construction paper for the horse, construction paper for the background, glue stick, scissors, and black marker. Unfortunately, I do not have a template for this craft. I free handed the craft, but you can also find templates online.
We also learned:
- Horses eat hay
- Horses have big heads
- Horses have hooves not feet. One foot is a hoof
- Horses hair is called mane
- Horses in a group is called a herd
If your kiddos are anything like my 2 year old twins, then they are picky eaters. Making food fun and attractive to my little ones requires a lot of creativity and time. Both, are something I don’t have a lot of. Then I realized, I could introduce new foods a long with the lesson of the week.
The girls had:
- Ham sandwhich
- Hummus – they did not like the texture
- Hebrew’s National Hot dogs
- Honey cake (muffins made with honey)
- Honeydew melon
- Hariocot beans – they didn’t touch it
- Red strawberries
- Red grapes
- Red apples
- Red raspberries
- Red tomatoes – Michaela tried it and did not like it
- Red watermelon
I hope you enjoyed these lessons as much as my little girls did.