A recent question in my inbox inquired about Eliza's developmental activities. Here are some photos of what my two littlest learners have been up to this past week. It was 'B' week and so painting Bb's was in order-
We use various printouts from favorite sites like abc teach, Enchanted Learning, and First-School. I save the leftover paper strips from cut outs and they are perfect for beginning practice with scissors. Here Eliza is using spring loop scissors, similar to these.
I found this Bottle Top Names activity at the Tools for Tots site via Joann at Ten Kids and a Dog, whose Tot School posts are always a delight. You have to love a manipulative that uses something as simple as cardstock and our infinite supply of milk jug tops!
Both girls love to spell with these cards. I think I will add stickers so help with the word identification, although both girls already recognize their names and most of the other words on the cards. I didn't want to have the messy job of tracing the bottle caps with a sharpie so I made up templates to print out. They took a bit of fiddling to get the circles sized and spaced correctly, so I thought I would share them to save others the trouble. There are various words as well as blank circles that you can fill in.
Download Milk Cap Words (click on 'auto-rotate and center' before printing so they will be landscape)
And lastly, you can see a glimpse there of the lovely Elsa Beskow Wooden Box Puzzle set that Eliza got for Christmas, along with the quite challenging Elsa Beskow Cube Puzzle. Both girls really love to work wooden puzzles, and the pictures on these are so sweet (you've probably seen the puzzles over at Jenn's as she has the same ones!).
And of course around here, all this learning has to take place while we listen to music, such as this delightful ditty-
I'll write and I'll draw and I'll spell you a word,
Big 'A' and a little 'A' and a middlesize 'A',
I'll make you a number 1, 2, 3 and 4,
and I'll scramble them around so you can see them run.
Take my pencil, crayon, and brush,
big 'B' and a little 'B' and a new kind of 'B',
I'll spell ten kitcats up in a tree,
and squish them around you can see.
-Woody Guthrie as heard on Eliza's new CD, Songs to Grow on for Mother and Child