A Week of Celebrating Differences and Similarities
During Martin Luther King week I think this theme is especially fitting. I took MLK day off with Lucy as the schools in the area have, but we made up for in in living history with the inauguration. It has been a teachable moment about how our government works. I had a lot of hands of learning this week but we did make time to see history on tv with a new president being sworn in and a first ever WOMAN vice president! I told my daughter, "look at that lady, she's the first even girl vice president. Girls can do anything!" It was a beautiful moment. No matter what your political standing is that moment in history is huge. So this week we celebrated girl power and people of color!
Books We Read
Letter and Writing Work
Letter Sound Smash - I started saving cracked egg shells and wrote the letters we have been working on, on the shells.
I would say what letter makes the ... sound as in .... (for example what makes the duh duh sound as in dog). She would point first to the correct letter then smash it with her wooden kid hammer that I covered in foil so it wouldn’t get full of egg yuck. (The hammer is from the Melissa and Doug tool kit).
Sight Words - Lucy has been working on her sight words very hard, and a lot of words are on our word wall. This week we practiced writing our sight words. She loves reading her word wall and showing off she can write the words so this was great reading and writing practice.
Shape Puzzles - I have a great shape puzzle I got from a teacher workshop awhile back but you can find them on amazon too! I have linked a good set here. This is a great tool for learning shapes and early geometry skills.
Dry Erase Numbers - I have noticed their has been an issue with understanding the teen numbers with Lucy so we worked on those on the dry erase board. She would write 13 as 31 and skips 15 when counting so we just took our time practicing how to write and count the teens.
Sensory and Craft
Diversity Egg Experiment - I showed Lucy two different colored eggs, I asked her how they are the same and different I then had her form a hypothesis on what will happen when I crack each egg. Once she saw they both had the same on the inside I explained to her how that relates to us and people of color.
Paper Dolls - Paper dolls are always fun! I made these for Lucy. I made a person outline on white paper then I realized I didn't have brown paper so I used a paper lunch bag for the other doll. I quickly just cut some shirts shoes and skirts to fit the dolls. I gave her, her basket of markers and stickers and she loved the open creativity with it.