Monday, January 26, 2009

Projects Around Here.

Two months of winter are behind us and we've accomplished quiet a bit. Julia and David are quite the pros at playing games; anything from Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Dominos, Go Fish and half a dozen of others. Julia insists on playing games from the time she gets up in the morning until she goes to bed. By now I know the sequence of colors on Candy Land and no wonder as we play it at least ten times a day. David joins us on occasion, although he's a bit bored of playing these games. (I need to find some more advanced games for him.)

We build and build and build.

I've "borrowed" a few craft ideas from Rambling of a Crazy Woman and the kids seemed to really enjoy doing these projects. For example, we played with some shaving cream and paints today, stirring them with a craft stick. David really enjoyed making this mess and ended up using his fingers instead, pretending that he was first doing dishes and then writing letters with his finger.

Taking an idea from the above-mentioned blog, I created an alphabet matching game. Using a cookie cutter, I cut out 52 mitten cut-outs. On one half of them, I wrote upper-case letters. On the other half I wrote lower-cased letters. The idea was for the kids had to match upper letters with the lowers ones. David was done after a few minutes as it wasn't much of a challenge for him. For Julia, it took a lot longer and she eventually gave up. Every time I open this game, she insists on playing Wiggles Matching game which is a lot easier and not much thinking is involved...

The kids also enjoyed gluing craft sticks to outlined shapes, numbers or letters. They were so preoccupied doing this that they created a total of over hundred letters, shapes and numbers during the course of a few days.

Even though David has plenty of notebooks to draw and write in, he prefers writing on little notepads (featured in the above picture). He collected a few of these pages with his drawings on them and he told me today that he drew them for his grandma. I am thinking of making a little book out of these drawings with him, so stay tune for the finale of that project.

1 comment:

Sadaf Trimarchi said...

You are so amazing!!! What great projects you've put together!!! Julia and David don't need to go to pre-K; not when they've got you putting this curriculum together for them. How about I cancel our check to Jordan's school and just send the two of them over to your house? Jeff would love that idea.

By the way, could Julia be any cuter in that Snow White costume? I'm not sure why she needs to wear it to play Memory, but I'm guessing it's the same reason why Mina insists on wearing her "purple princess dress" all over the house every day.