Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sight Words: Colors and Sentence Recognition

Harmony is now in Kindergarten and she loves it!  She is doing very well and comes home every day with a wonderful story.

  Surprisingly, she gets quite a bit of homework.  She has been tasked this week in practicing her "color" sight words, and the word "the".  

I made these sight word cards for her on Microsoft Word then I printed them out and Mod Podged them onto scrapbook paper.
I made sure to include sentence use on the back so she could see how the word is properly used in text.  We have been using them all week and I feel that she is doing really well with absorbing the information.

Here is the free template for the Sight Words.  I made them small so they wouldn't be overwhelming.  You can each item on a 2 x 2 inch piece of scrapbook paper.

Autumn's coming! :)

Candice S

Sight Words Colors 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Tot Spot: Creative Play with Upcycled Cardboard Box

Harmony started Kindergarten this week so I have been planning toddler/tot curriculum and activities for Mark Jr.  We are just enjoying each other right now, trying to keep "happy" and "calm" without Big Sister to play with.  I have saved this box for a few weeks now because Mark has really enjoyed tossing it around and playing with it so I decided today, that we would make it into a car because his favorite toys are firetrucks and cars. 

"Vrrrooooommm vrooooom", Mark Jr. loves to say.

You start by cutting the flaps off of the sides of the box with a razor blade.

Trace the shapes with things around the kitchen, such coffee tins and cookie cutters.

You can use scrap cardboard to cut out the steering wheel and then attach it with wire, a tact, or use a paper clip.

If you want to get super creative then you can even make straps and attach them to the sides of the box so your little one to walk around with their new car zzzzoooooooming all over the house!

There are so many fun things you can do with recycled materials!  My 16 month old loves his car, but I can tell you that as cute as the steering wheel is.. it isn't going to last five minutes!!  I love it!

Have a great weekend!

Candice S

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

School Ready: Organizing Children's Room with Picture Labels

All too often I hear, "MOM, I can't find my socks!" Or, "My underwear are missing!!" Most days Harmony enjoys being independent and gathering up what her daily necessities; her undergarments being number one on the list.. But lets face it, organizing a five year old's room is not easy. We have established putting toys away and picking up after we're through playing, not that it always happens. Although we have the basic methods of cleaning grasped, putting things totheir actual places has still been a little difficult. I made these labels to help Harmony to know where to put her most used and basic items. The labels have detailed pictures and words, as she is learning to read. I thought it was especially important to make detailed labels for her dresser because she is starting school next week.

I made labels for her larger quantity items, such as her ponies, barbies, and their accessories. Since Mark Jr. was born, we have made it an attempt to keep small barbie accessories off the floor. Those pieces have been aimlessly thrown into the toybox where they become unused or out of reach. Therefore, Harmony was excited to see her favorite babies shoes and hair pieces all in one spot! 

Once I finished with Harmony's room, I knew that I was one a roll and that there are several, equally important things that we use on a daily basis, such as our toothbrush and toothpaste.  These are basic words that she'll need to learn and that way she gets a visual tool daily..

Lastly, I made labels for the kitchen because Harmony enjoys fixing herself something to drink or occasionally making a sandwich.  She tries to be independent in the kitchen with the supervision of an adult, which we allow within reason.

Do you need some help getting your children organized for school?  If you are interested in using these basic labels, I have included them so you can download and then print them right out!  We have been using the label system for a few days now and Harmony has done excellent with it!  She has direction in her room, and so does her belongings.

Have a great day!
Candice S

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