Category: Creative Development
|December 6, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 1 - 2, 3 - 4 years, 4-5, By Age, Christmas Crafts and Books, Communication, Language and Literacy, Cooking, Creative Development, Incidental Learning, Projects & Series, Rainy Day Activities, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet The advent calendar book for day three was The Snowman, a much loved classic I always hear people saying they remember from their own childhoods. The first time I ever heard of it was when I was sent the book for review earlier in the year. Apparently there are two versions – one with…
|December 5, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 4-5, By Age, Christmas Crafts and Books, Cognitive Skills, Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Development, Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy, Projects & Series|
Tweet I bought the book Chilly the Snowman a few years ago when it was just a Pound in a local shop. I kept it in the bookshelf because I realised that Ameli was too young for it, but this year she’s just right for it! Chilly the Snowman is an activity book with mazes,…
|September 19, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Creative Development, Discovering Nature, Hand-Eye Coordination, Home Learning, Incidental Learning, Physical Development|
Tweet Thursdays are very busy days for us, as we have any one of three and sometimes four things going on on a Thursday. It means we don’t really do much at home, most days. Today, however, we had spent some time in the forest this morning picking up tiny pine cones, so after dinner…
|September 18, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 1 - 2, 3 - 4 years, By Age, Creative Development, Discovering Nature, Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, Incidental Learning, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Physical Development, Rainy Day Activities|
Tweet I do love Autumn in England. It is incredibly beautiful. We seem to have skipped Autumn, as far as temperatures are concerned, which is unfortunate, as Autumn sunshine mixed with reds, browns, yellows and the remaining greens are one of nature’s treasures, in my view. I’ve started doing Autumn appreciation activities with the girls,…
|September 4, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Development, Products, Reviews, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet As Parragon Bookbuddies, we receive a book in the post every month. This month’s selection arrived last week, a funny and colourful book called Underpants Wonderpants. Underpants Wonderpants is a book about a superhero dog who wears underpants and solves all his problems with underpants. Here’s the description:Is it an eagle? Is it a plane?…
|August 27, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, Communication, Language and Literacy, Cooking, Creative Development, Incidental Learning, Rainy Day Activities, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet Our PlayLearning theme this week was Dr. Seuss, inspired by the lovely Tiana at Two Cheeky Frogs. Unfortunately we don’t have all the books, and weren’t able to get everything we needed, so we focused on The Lorax Movie and the Cat In The Hat, as well as some other bits and pieces. The…
|August 19, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Colours, Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Development, Fine Motor Skills, Home Learning, Physical Development, Rainy Day Activities, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet I was curious to see how dinosaurweek would go down in our home, as my daughters are just over one, and not yet four – not the target age or gender for dinosaurs, normally. Turns out, however, that they absolutely loved it. We had two dinosaur books that we focused on this week: Mini…
|July 22, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Colours, Creative Development, Fine Motor Skills, Hand-Eye Coordination, Incidental Learning, Rainy Day Activities, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet This week’s Summer Camp at Home theme was to do with Arts and studying different art styles. I very quickly found Ameli just wasn’t interested in that kind of, or level of, learning, just yet, so I had to adjust what were were doing pretty much on the fly. I was a little concerned…
|July 15, 2013||Posted by Luschka under 3 - 4 years, By Age, Communication, Language and Literacy, Creative Development, Home Learning, Toddler Crafts|
Tweet Last week Ameli was asking questions about words that sound the same – by which she meant rhyming words, rather than homonyms. With a degree in Languages and Literature, this stuff is right up my street, so I decided to break away from Summer Camp at Home for the week, and focus on rhyming…
We used one of the resources for Hickery Dickery Dock. The printout is about forty pages, give or take a few, so I printed them six to a page, then cut those out. Each ‘page’ has a sentence on it, with a word left out. The child then finishes the sentence with a word that makes sense (all rhyming with dock and clock, so the -ock rhyme sound) and finds either the picture or the word that goes with it. We pared those up in matching pairs.
I had various samples printed, but she got a bit bored with that. The next ‘game’ I was going to do, however, was separating the -ock word cards from the -all word cards from Humpty Dumpty. Perhaps another time.
While I know she was just looking at the pictures in some of the words, there were plenty in which she was reading the letters. She can sing the alphabet song, and can identify most letters – not y, oddly – but was doing really well.
When we finished ‘school’, Ameli and I sat outside during Aviya’s nap and soaked up some sunshine while doing some arts and crafts. I cut out all the body parts for the mouse, and made the clock while she was painting the toilet roll. When it was all dry we stuck it together, and drew on the clock parts – and watched some Youtube videos about grandfather clocks, and how they work, since she was asking and I didn’t know how to answer!
While the paint and glue were drying, Ameli and I lazed on the grass making up rhymes. She didn’t always get it right, but she was trying.
During the week, we’ve also been reading The Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry which has poems by Roger McGough, Michael Rosen, Charles Causley, Benjamin Zephaniah, Jackie Kay, Spike Milligan, John Agard, Brian Patten, Allan Ahlberg and Kit Wright, and so provides a vast array and variety of poetry and writing styles, and engaging illustrations by different artists for each poet. There’s also an interview with each author, which I think will be great for exploration later on.
By the end of the week, Ameli was making up her own rhymes, and actually getting them right.
I see this week as a success!
Ameli’s first completely self authored poem:
Stinky socks don’t get pie,
stinky socks, poke you in the eye.
12 July 2013