Monday, January 25, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
This is Levi reading all of our names! I wrote them on the driveway and then asked him to stand on each name, he got it right every time. I was suprised that he recognized everyone's names right away, as his own name is the only one he see's written down often. He read me one of his books (a David book) the other night as well, getting most of the words right.
Levi and Nai Nai (my mom) have a small garden in the back yard, where they grow whatever happens to sprout when they plant seeds. This is a brocoli they grew, it tasted great and was as fresh as could be, cut, cooked and served right away!
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Levi is working on using sissors correctly. I have to place them carefully into his hand, and show him where to cut. But already with just a little practice he can cut a peice of paper in half along a line, cut a square corner off a peice of paper (following a line), and, as shown here, cut 'snips' on a picture, stopping the sissors at points indicated. The worksheet he is using here is a Kumon cutting book. See how his hand is twisted in this pic? Thats one thing I have been helping him to correct, the sissors should be held right out in front of him, not at a funny angle.
- use kids sissors only, with rounded ends and not-too-sharp blades
- supervise closely (duh!)
- show the child how to hold the sissors correctly (demonstrate and then help them try it)
- hold paper with one hand, and the sissors with the other, watch your fingers!
- sissors should only be used sitting down in a designated spot.
- Only cut paper (not hair, clothes, people, the dog....)
- store sissors out of your child's reach (and where they cant drag a chair up to reach them when you go to the bathroom)
- carry sissors by wrapping your hand around the blade, blade pointing downwards and walk dont run!
- practice 'snips' by drawing short lines from the edge of the paper inwards for the child to cut along. Its easier to work with a smaller peice of paper instead of a full peice.
- cut strips of paper 1" wide or so and have them snip it into confetti. Next try drawing lines at 1" intervals and have them try and snip only at the lines to make squares (then go make a collage)
- draw lines across the page and have them practice cutting the page in half. This is tricky because they have to open the sissors and line them up in the right spot. Draw your line thick at first so its easy to follow. Try diagonal lines and then curves.
- cut the corners off the page, draw an 'L' at each corner and have them cut on the lines, then fold up each side and tape it into a little box!
(thats all we have done so far, I'll add more ideas when we get some more practice in!)
Here is Levi sorting out the utensils. I removed anything sharp, and then let him figure out what went where. Some things were placed upside-down or with the wrong size (as you can see we have 2 different sized spoons, and 2 different kinds of fork). He was able to seperate the spoons from the forks though, and it kept him entertained long enough for me to put away the cups and plates instead of trying to climb into the dishwasher!
This is a good exercise to practice sorting, plus helping out around the house (always a good thing)
I made my own cornstarch dough because Levi is allergic to coloring, and I think play doh feels kinda gross. This dough has a nice texture to it and doesnt dry out your hands like salty homade playdough can.
I store it in the fridge because of the weather here (to prevent mold!), and it lasts a long time. You can also roll it out and bake it in the oven to make ornaments and things. (low temp for an hour or so). It can be painted once its dry.
Here is the recipie:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 cups water
Food coloring (optional, you can also use powdered tempra paint, or unsweetened koolaid)
Mix baking soda and cornstarch together in a saucepan. Gradually stir in water. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat while dough is still easy to stir. Do not overcook. Turn out on platter and cover with a damp cloth. When cool enough to handle, knead until smooth, adding water if dough crumbles. If desired, knead in food coloring.
Grammy is a great cook, and every year she makes lots of christmas cookies! (and chocolate chip cookies year round). Levi is helping with the process by turning the bowl for Grammy. There is a lot to be learned from helping out in the kitchen!
The Skuut bike - No pedals or training wheels, just his own feet for balance. Levi still hasnt really gotten the hang of this thing, he is supposed to 'push off and glide', right now he just walks (or runs) with the bike between his legs, he still has fun though. Levi always wears his helmet when he rides any type of bike, no helmet = no ride. Saftey first! Its much easier to enforce this rule now, so hopefully he will stick with it in the future.
(same thing as in the car, no carseat = the car doesnt go!)
Use non-toxic kid friendly paint to paint your child's hand, and have them print onto paper. Let it dry and then cut it out and add details (scraps of paper, googly eyes, glitter, decorate with markers....). The finished handprint can be glued to colored paper for a nice background. This one is a turkey which I glued to cardstock, and put a slit in the bottom with another peice of cardstock to make it stand up!
See what other ideas you can come up with... a bunny for easter, a raindeer for christmas, ghosts for halloween, or just a plain ol' handprint for grandma. These make great gifts and can easily be made into holiday cards or thank you cards as well, perfect for little ones who cant yet write but want to make something special!
This skill requires close supervision and a little talk about how to use kitchen tools safely (sitting down at the table, only when an adult is with you, etc). We used sweet potatoes because they are easy to hold onto, and easy to peel. After some practice, Levi was able to peel all on his own.