Monday, November 27, 2017

I Can Read: Creating Sentences

My girl loves to read.
If you decide to sit on the floor, she will find you, crawl into your lap and ask to read a book.
Each month we get one of these I Can Read books from Mother Goose Time.
I have been trying to find more ways to use it than just for reading, though.
MGT sends arrows and rectangles with the sight words on it along with 6 pictures of real images of certain things discussed in the book.
I made the rectangles and pictures interactive by adding magnetic tape to the back which you can read about here.

Sweet Pea likes to match the arrows to the correct words in the book.
But the challenge has been:
What do I do with these magnetic words and pictures?

As we read the book, I noticed I had many of those same magnetic sight words created.
Then the thought came that we should build sentences!
Match the words from the book and build a sentence!

I placed the book on the floor and Sweet Pea could match the magnetic words 
to the ones in the book.  When we saw a word that we could use a picture, we did that, 
like jaguar or monkey.

Point and read.

By collecting these words from month to month and making them magnetic with a little magnetic tape, we will be able to build a wide assortment of sentences throughout the year!

So save those words each month!
Build yourself a collection and a center and start creating matching sentences to some of your favorite stories!

An Upside Down Day: Understanding Sloths

We are wrapping up our Rain forest Adventure unit from Mother Goose Time this week.
Today we studied sloths.
Our MGT starts the same everyday:
Calendar (practicing counting to 30!)
Day of the week word matching
Topic Poster (sloth)
Find the topic in our theme poster (if applicable)
Read the book of the day

Today's book is by Eric Carle:

It didn't take Sweet Pea long to start reciting with me some of the repeated words from the story, "Slowly, slowly, slowly, the sloth..."
By the end of the book, Sweet Pea knew 2 main attributes of sloths:
- They are slow to move.
-They hang upside down.

 We practiced dancing slowly to our Sloth song from our MGT cd, and then it was time to try something upside down...ART!

This activity is something I contemplated doing with my high school students back in the day.  However, asking 180 14-19 year olds to lie on the floor and do artwork... 
I knew it was a battle I just didn't want to deal with.

But my 3 year old daughter on the other hand...
Oh how I enjoyed watching her create her masterpiece!

It started with looking at the artwork provided in our Invitation to Create:
the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel painted by Michelangelo on his back. 

When Sweet Pea looked at this picture, she said,
"It's like Little Mermaid." ha ha ha ha!!
I think the half naked people reminded her of the mermaids and mermen! 
Anyway, I told her that Michelangelo painted all these pictures on his back and that we were going to do some art on our backs too!
So I taped the provided white card stock to the underside of her little table,
 and instead of markers I let her use crayons.

Her whole body was into creating this work.  It was hard to color on the paper
 and not lift your legs up.  I wonder what Michelangelo looked like?

She worked on making lines and circles and soon got distracted pulling the paper off the crayons because you know...she's 3.  lol...
When she finished, I glued the provided blue card stock frame around her artwork.

She still wanted to color and spotted her Little Journal book. 
This thing is completely covered...mostly in her tracing letters I have written down.  But today, we found a page that wasn't completely covered.  The number 6 page.  The prompt asked me to draw a drum and then Sweet Pea could draw 6 circles on it and count them.

The above picture is her counting her circles.
She's been really into counting EVERYTHING lately.
It's how I get her to eat her green beans at night :)
"Let's count how many green beans you can eat!!"
"Wow!!! 23 green beans!  You're an amazing green bean eater!"

Have fun learning in new and exciting ways!


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