This past week, we are continuing our lesson plans on the letter S, shape – star, the number 8, and the color yellow. Last week, I had a big list of activities and lessons planned, however, we had quite a busy schedule. So here we are, part 2.
Monday’s plan was to re-introduce the girls to the letter S and practice writing. Well, Michaela and Madison had a different plan for mommy. They woke up to the sound of rain and thunder. I could hear them on the monitor singing, “rain rain go away, please come back another day… “. After a while, they rose from their beds and ran into the kitchen. “mommy mommy, time to jump in muddle puddles! Haa haa, these girls crack me up. And of course, I am a sucker for doing what my little princesses asks. I opened the windows in the girls’ room and we sat there, just watching, listening, and eating breakfast. They never get to eat breakfast in their room, so it was a huge treat. As soon as the rain stopped, we went outside and played while little sister took her nap (don’t worry, I had the monitor with me). The rain stopped, and the sun came out. Michaela and Madison had the saddest little faces. There were no rainbows to be found. They wanted rainbows. So I quickly came up with a rainbow activity and sneaked in some learning too.
They really liked this activity, so they made one for mommy, daddy, Shiloh, and Tanner (our pet cat) too. This way there’s always a rainbow in the house.
What you’ll need:
- Construction paper – blue for the background
- writing utensil
- markers – colors of the rainbow
- construction papers or ribbons – also each color of the rainow
- glue stick
- cotton balls
draw clouds on the paper
Write the colors out with matching markers
Cut out long strips of construction paper.
I ran out of orange and blue paper, so I had to improvise and colored some white construction paper with purple and orange.
Give the glue sticks to your little ones and let them glue, stick, and repeat! Michaela and Madison had so much fun. They were so excited to recognized the words and the colors. These girls were so proud. They glued, matched, and stuck the rainbow papers without any help from mommy.
* You will see this flower dress on Madison again. This girl has been wearing the same dress almost every day for a week.
Add glue and cotton balls
It’s the first time the girls got to play with cotton balls. Madison called them soft marshmallows and Michaela called them rabbit tails.
They really liked this activity, so they made one for mommy, daddy, Shiloh, and Tanner (our pet cat) too. This way there’s always a rainbow when it’s raining.
I started the morning introducing this week’s board to the girls. These girls are so funny. Michaela told me (she calls me mommy teacher) it wasn’t a new lesson and that she saw this board already. Then Madison said it was ok. We can learn it better. awwww! Yes we can!
Michaela and Madison practiced tracing the letter S first. Then we learned about all the objects that started with the letter S. We went through each objects and sounded out the words. The girls picked up on the words that sounded different (sh sound). Michaela said it it has an S but not Sssss sound and asked why. I love it when these girls noticed things and are so curious to find out the reasons why.
So I spent a little time teaching them about “sh” words and sound it out. Out of the objects that starts with S, I had the girls go through and sound out the objects and locate which objects starts with sh. When the lesson was over, they separated the objects they did not like. Gotta love my silly little girls.
- soccer ball
- suzie sheep
learning word families
This lesson was not on my plan for the week. Shiloh was playing with these foam blocks and started spinning them on the foam peg, which then gave me an idea on introducing the twins to word families.
The girls learned a, i , and o word families.
These foam blocks were purchased the beginning of last year (2016) at TJ Maxx.
I placed 3 blocks on each peg. The first block, I wrote letters on each side. The 2nd and 3rd blocks, I wrote it, at, and og. The first block would spin making a short word.
- fit, bit, hit, sit
- hat, cat, bat, sat
- dog, log, hog, fog
S is for stickers
I don’t know any kids out there who does not like stickers. This lesson is easy and fun. I wrote the S on a poster board. Purchased little stickers from Dollar General. The girls had to peel and stick stickers on the S. Fun way to trace the letter.
S is for String
Tracing the letter with a shoe string.
S is for sewing – lacing activity
I absolutely love these lacing things. These were Valentine’s gifts from their grandparents and they’re very excited to finally get to play with them.
I purchased so many of these lacing shapes from the dollar section at Target. They’re one of our favorite things to take along while we’re out and about. We have shapes for every holiday and season.
Look at them. They are so focused. Michaela and Madison practiced lacing the rest of the day. They didn’t want me to put it away.
S is for store
These girls absolutely love going to the grocery store with mommy. I don’t take them much because it’s a lot of work to take out 3 kids under 3 just to purchase 3 items. With kids in tow, the shopping trip easily takes 2 hours, but it’s fun and there’s a lot of ways the little ones can learn.
Since we are learning about the color yellow, we played I spy at the store. Michaela and Madison had to spot all things yellow. And in case you were wondering…. we had to go down every aisle at the store.
Counting chocolate chips
The girls really liked the cookie jar counting activity last week, so we used it again this week. Afterwards, we baked chocolate chip cookies, and counted real chocolate chips. These girls said they needed to eat 8 real cookies. Ummmm, nope, that’s not gonna happen.
I cut out a large circle out of construction paper. Then added chocolate chips on the circle to make it look like a chocolate chip cookie. Michaela and Madison definitely learned patience because they did not get to eat the chips until the lesson was done. We also did some math and subtraction lessons while eating the chips.
S is for Snake
I love learning activities like this where the animal is the letter. I cut out a snake in the shape of an S out of construction paper. Glued on the tongue and drew in the eyes. Using washable stampers, the girls could decorate their snake any way they wanted. Afterwards, they stamped their own hands for a job well done.
Michaela and Madison loves to paint, so we did nothing but painting activities on this day.
Paint and blank paper. Let their creativity go! Madison said she’s painting a blueberry princess and Michaela is painting fun.
S is for Stamps
After nap time, these girls played with ink stamps and painted some more.
S is for Smiling Spider
The last lesson of the day was hand art. We are going to make hand art for every letter of the alphabet and turn it into a book. This book will be something I hope they will keep forever!
Michaela and Madison chose their color paint. With help from mommy, we painted their hands then stamped their hands side ways on the paper. Drew in eyes, antennas, and a mouth. SPIDER! Honestly, I think it looked more like crabs, so we may do this activity again for C is for Crabs. Then the girls counted 8 legs.
When Michaela and Madison is down for their nap, I spend time with Shiloh teaching and working with her on sensory and fine motor skills. This week, I introduced her to magnets. This girl LOVES magnets. For the entire week, as soon as we take her out of her crib, she walks straight to the fridge.
I first introduced the magnets to her on the fridge. Then I had her experiment and try to put the magnets on the cabinets. She was so frustrated that it wouldn’t stick, then she walked back to the fridge and was happy again. Then we tried the dishwasher and it worked. For an hour, she was walking back and forth from the dishwasher to the fridge, transferring magnets.
Instead of treasure hunt, it’s letter hunt. If you’re like me, then you have a lot of baby wipes plastic containers stored in a box just trying to figure out what to do with them. Here’s 1 great way to upcyle.
Items you will need:
- empty plastic baby wipes container or shoe box will work too
- magnet letters or anything
- rice or beans
- plastic container or empty box
Place some rice or beans in an empty container. Add in magnet letters or toys. Hide the letters in the rice with some letters peaking through. Let your little ones start to explore.
At first, Shiloh didn’t know what to think of the rice. She played with the rice for a bit and then she felt something hidden within the rice. Oh my goodness! Only if you could see the expression on her face. Shiloh then started to play with the letters. Every letter she picked up, she would shake off the rice. Then I introduced her to the empty box. Of course, that little attention of hers. She had forgotten all about the rice and letters and started to play with the empty container. Shiloh opened and closed the box for a while, then she stuck her hands in and out of it for a while.
Now the fun part! I took a couple of the magnet letters from the rice container and dropped it into the wipes container. Haa haa, Shiloh said, “uh oh”. Then I gave a letter to Shiloh and pointed to the wipes container and let her do it on her own. She had a lot of fun with this activity and spent a good 30 minutes letter hunting.
More sensory play with Shiloh using things I already have around the house. I call it sensory box because I actually put her in a box. For this activity, I used different textured items and let her play with it and explore.
- paper towels
- felt sheet
- aluminum foil
- saran wrap
- shiny gift wrap
- sequenced fabric
- plastic bag – tied in a knot
I introduced each item first and let her play with it. I described the item to her and let her feel it. After all the items have been introduced, I put it all in the box and let her explore. Shiloh’s favorite was the aluminum foil and the sequenced fabric.
Parents, please do not leave your child unattended. Some of the items are choking hazard. Only do these kind of sensory play with adult supervision.
- Roasted squash
- Spiral pasta with pesto
- Star cookies
- Yellow Star pancakes
- 8 Sesame Street snacks
- 8 halo slices
- 8 chocolate chips
I hope you enjoyed this week’s lessons and try them out. If you have any other ideas, I would love to hear about them!