I was quite fond of this little snowman that Annabelle drew. I think it turned out really cute. Plus, this is the first structured drawing that she has been required to do. I told her what she needed to draw and this is how it turned out. I think that she enjoyed it.
Here she is working hard on her color by shape page from here: http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.com/WinterFunTotPack.html
We did lots and lots and LOTS of counting this last week. I tried seemingly in vain to introduce her to the numbers 11-15. She counts really well up to 12, but I guess that thirteen and fourteen sound the same to her because only one of those numbers come out before fifteen. It has been consistently like this all week. Slightly irritating to the teacher unfortunately. Guess we'll have more counting activities in the upcoming weeks. At least she enjoyed herself (which is much more than I can say about me....I detest math). These counting activities can be found here: http://thoughtsofesme.blogspot.com/2010/12/winter-unit.html
This one was fun for Annabelle, she really, really, really liked counting with the marshmallows.How many children are building this snowman? Way too many. This was the least favorite of the counting activities that we did, partly because my daughter has OCD tendencies and wanted her kids in a certain order/pattern, and wanted all the girls first and would then lose count of how many kids she had already counted. But mostly because mommy made it way too stressful, and instead of just going with the flow kind of freaked out on her sweet, precious daughter, therefore rendering said activity un-fun. Lesson learned during this activity: When the teacher feels frustrated, everyone gets frustrated (and slightly hysterical with crying involved). Best solution in this case, take a break or move on, don't try to complete the activity. Lesson learned (hanging head).
More counting. We did much better this day. Annabelle really enjoyed counting the star buttons on these cute little snowmen. It was much easier for her to focus on finding the corresponding number on the hat than to count out 15 children building a snowman and not lose focus.
Working on gluing something. I just wanted everyone to note that she insisted that she dressed fancy this day for some reason.....
He discovered these tools that we've had forever this week. He played with these every single day and is still going with them. He walks around the house fixing things. It is really quite cute. Here is fixing the dining room chair. Never mind that his tool box is a pink and purple Disney princess backpack. :) lol
Asa loves two or three piece puzzles and I love Craigslist (which is where I bought a whole case of two piece mommy/baby puzzles for 5 dollars).
This is another activity from the 1+1+1=1 link. I wanted to make this a little more of an independent activity for Asa. What I did was print out two copies of the buttons and glued one set to some card stock mailing labels that I have laying around (index cards would work well too). Then I wrote the numbers 1-5 on each shape set. Asa would draw a card and it would have a 2 then one of the heart shapes glued on it, so he would know that he needed to put 2 heart buttons on the snowman. Sorry, if that is a complicated explanation. I thought I took a picture of it. Maybe I'll do a quick post tomorrow showing just that.
The kids have been having a lot of fun with their dot markers that they got in their stockings. Here are a couple of Asa's masterpieces from this last week. I think that they are cheerful and fun. They make me smile. :)