Vowel Scavenger Hunt
We did a quick vowel review. I like to do reviews occasionally for fluency, and also for a confidence booster when we're preparing to work on new materials.
I started by setting out two puzzles, one each of capital and lower case letters, and asked him to pull out the vowels.
I didn't realize until we were in the middle of the activity that the lowercase letters were actually bigger than the capital letters, but he didn't seem too bothered by that.
Then I asked him to find an item that started with the (short) vowel sound. This was the 'scavenger hunt' part that made the activity exciting for him. It was also interesting to see how his mind worked! He came back with an astronaut, egg, igloo, octagon, and after he couldn't find an uncle and I vetoed underwear, he drew an unhappy face! Interesting and creative!
Walruses and Blubber
We read part of the February Issue of Big Backyard Magazine and learned several neat facts about walruses.
One thing we talked about was how walruses have a layer of fat called blubber that keep them warm, so I decided to try the ever-so-popular blubber/ice water activity.
I made a "glove" out of the ziplock bags, with the lard between the bags.
I let the boys put one hand in the ice water to feel how cold it was against their skin.
Then Elliott put his hand in the blubber bag and could tell that it was not nearly as cold. He understood the concept, but both boys were more interested in playing with the ice. I should have known, after how popular our penguin icy sensory tub was--they've been asking for a repeat!
We did some Literacy Activities with Conversation Hearts. I had two games, and I thought he would like the Word Building, since he LOVED our last word building activity, Word Family Snowflakes, but he mostly just tolerated it for me. However, he seemed to like the Matching game better.
Valentine's Day Sensory Tub
He enjoyed playing with the Valentine's Sensory Tub with his little brother and gave me several treats in those little treat boxes!
Building with Handy Manny
I like this set, because it's versatile and encourages his imagination.
Elliott had co-op this week, and although he said he lost his papers, he also said he didn't color them. Surprise, surprise. The kid never colors anything. However, that means I need to remember to send his backpack, so he will remember to bring his papers home. His craft did come home with him, though...they learned about Jonah and the Whale, and made this cute little paper bag whale!
We also did some art appreciation and artistic expression of our own at home with I Spy Colors: Crayon Melting.
Reading with Daddy