Monday, July 21, 2014

Summer Writing Series - G and S



It was another challenging week with writing the G and the S, but she was more motivated as the letter S was the reason we are doing this series. But my favorite part of the week was our field trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge. WOW! I hope that you read (or skip down to) that part!

In case you are new, here are some links you'll need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write "G   G   G   g   g   g" or "S   S   S   s   s   s" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.

Here we go!  Here's what we did this week:

Monday, July 14, 2014

Summer Writing Series - C, O & Q




This was our first week where she really struggled to write the letters. C, O and Q were tough! Getting a smooth curve on the C and stopping where she was supposed to was challenge. Getting her O to look like an O and not like a warped scalloped flower was next to impossible! And that little tail on the lower case q - forget about it! My plan for the end of the program, right before school starts back up, is to review a favorite letter, practice a difficult letter and celebrate the best letter (formation). I have a good idea which letter (letters?) we will be reviewing as our difficult letters!

If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need before you get started:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "C   C   C   c   c   c" or "O   O   O   o   o   o or "Q   Q   Q   q   q   q" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.
  • optional: wet-dry-try pdf (here)


Here's what we did this week:

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer Writing Series - X, Y and Z




This was a fun week writing X, Y and Z. It seems like it should be the end, but we are a little more than half way through. Oh my - we are half way through the summer. Yikes! This week was extra special because we celebrated the 4th of July towards the end of the week and my husband and I had some time off so we had lots of family time.

Our field trip to see Zinnias was not what we expected. Apparently zinnias are not in season so there were none at the gardens we visited nor did a local home improvement store have them and since it was a holiday our favorite nursery was closed for the day. So we headed to a craft store and found one color of zinnias in the floral department. Thank goodness for fake flowers!



If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "X   X   X   x   x   x" or "Y   Y   Y   y   y   y" or "Z   Z   Z   z   z   z" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.


Here's what we did this week:

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summer Writing Series - U, V and W



This week we worked on writing the letters U, V and W. I tried to keep it a "theme-y" as possible. Our plan was to visit a local vineyard for a short day trip so I wanted all of the activities to point to that field trip.

I know that a vineyard is not the first place you might think of as a good field trip for a 4 1/2 year old (and her 1 year old brother) but we've really been into planting and seedlings and seeds and gardening, and I was pretty sure that the vineyard would be beautiful this time of year.


If you are new to our series (or just need the links again), here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "U   U   U   u   u   u" or "V   V   V   v   v   v" or "W  W  W  w  w  w" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.


Here's what we did!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer Writing Series - N, K & L



It was a great week writing the letters N, K and L! We had fun with our bonus writing activities too :) In all honesty, the bonus writing activities could be used for any letter and a few led to very creative writing time.

I think the thing that has surprised me the most during this brief writing introduction has been how excited Big Sister is about writing between lessons. She wants to write notes to her friends or lists of who knows what or a story about her favorite characters (which currently are Elsa and Peter Pan).


Before we get started, here are some links you may need:
  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write  "N   N   N   n   n   n" or "K   K   K   k   k   k" or "L   L   L   l   l   l" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.

Ok, here we go!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Summer Writing Series - M & H



We practiced forming the letters M and H this week and both of my children had a great time! I know that Big Sister learned a lot and enjoyed this handwriting experience and Little W, well, he enjoyed the M&Ms and the cars!

And it was an easy week. That was a surprise! We don't have many weeks that seem to flow completely smoothly, but this one did ... and it was so nice! I hope that you are having a nice week, too!


In case you are new, here are some links you'll need:

  • Summer Writing Plan (here)
  • handwriting page (here) - write "M   M   M   m   m   m" or "H   H   H   h   h   h" and be careful of all extra links/downloads.


Here we go!

We practiced H first (since I didn't have any M&Ms). Big Sister got to try out a new writing tool - paint. We do paint all the time, but we've never tried writing with a paint brush. It was a little different since you have to move you hand in a slightly different way than with a pencil. Either way, she was able to practice the strokes involved in writing our target letters.


Our bonus practice activity was driving cars on letter Hs written all over our floor. We used painters tape and made upper and lower case Hs. Then we took out all of the toys that were non-car related and let them have fun!


 The letter M was a little trickier. She struggled a little with controlling her pen to stop at the top of the line, change directions, stop at the bottom line, change directions, stop at the top, change directions again and finish at the bottom.

It always amazes me when something I think is simple, like writing an M or swallowing a sip of water, when I break it down into all of the components is really quite a difficult task with lots of little steps that must be followed for the end result to be correct. (Have you ever thought about all the things that your mouth, breathing and tongue must do in order to swallow? No? Next time you take a sip, pay close attention... you'll be amazed too!)


Our bonus activity for M was forming the letter M with M&Ms. SO FUN! We bought a small box of regular candies and let her go with using them how she would like (with the rule of "you can't eat any until you finish all of the Ms!). After that I checked them out, let her choose 2 Ms full of candies and dumped the rest in a baggie for another day.

On a side note, my original plan was to do this activity with mini-M&Ms but we could not find them at our local convenience store and it was pouring so we didn't go to more stores to find them. So, with the regular size candies, our worksheet letters were too small. It just looked like 3 lines of candies - not what I was hoping for! So, get the updated M-sheet in the packet (here).


Our adventure this week was to the Harley Motorcycle store. They got to "ride" a motorcycle and see a lot of paraphernalia. The store that we visited was at Downtown Disney and the staff was very friendly and totally ok with us trying out the motorcycles. I'm not sure how it would be at a regular dealership but it was fun and I highly recommend a visit to your local store :)






Our next set of letters will be N, K and L... come back soon to see what happened and what you can do at home, too!


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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Noooo! Walk around the puddle!



I know that you've probably said something like this "Noooo! Walk around the puddle!" just seconds before your toddler or preschool jumped right into the middle of a puddle. And who can resist? The splash! The fun! The look on mom's face!

Sometimes the call of the puddle is a stronger urge than the memory/listening skills of the child. But what if it's not?  What if your child really does struggle with the concept of "around"versus "through?" Then it is not disobedience, it's a language comprehension issue.

The words "around" and "through" are words that we infrequently say. The less often we say a word, the longer it takes for a child to learn it. Here is a great activity that I recently did with a client of mine to work on those concepts. In addition we glued pictures of cards that I shrunk on a copy machine that has pictures of "around" but just completing this simple activity will give your child a boost in the right direction when it comes to understanding "around" and "through!"

Materials:
   strips of paper (any color, any length ours were 8.5" because I cut a regular piece of paper into strips)
   stapler




Lay out all of the strips of paper and make one into a link. Then encourage your child to put another piece "through" and then wrap it "around." We also included talk about putting the ends "together."



Because it was a fun task and we were creating something, it did not seem like a repetitive drill activity. However, he was exposed to the words we were using in a real life situation more than 12 times. By about the 7th link, I would say "ok, put the paper ...." I'd pause and he would say "through!" I'd continue "wrap it ...." I'd pause again and he would complete it by saying "around." He actually picked up saying "and put it together" before I even had the chance to start it and then pause!

In the end we had a cute little necklace that had a meaningful language building activity behind it, but it also gave him the opportunity to talk to his friends at summer camp and his teacher about what he did. He used "around" and "through" a few more times in spontaneous interactions with them.

At home, your child could teach a sibling, parent or grandparent (even an aunt/uncle or friend!) about what they did.

This was a quick and fun. I hope that you enjoy making an Through & Around Necklace at home, too!




Disclosure: Some of the links in the post above may be “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Please know that I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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