Today's Fun Time is brought to you by the letter A
Make an Ant City in a Jar and a Rainbow of colors.
Place on a small tray one pitcher filled with rice and an empty pitcher or container. Slowly show your child how to pour the full pitcher into the empty one. Use water instead of rice after your child has mastered pouring rice.
This is a great way to teach colors and matching.
On each Paper Plate cut a circle of each color. Make 2 tickets of each color.
If your child doesn't know all their colors this is the first step.
Spread the paper plates on a clear area of carpet or a table. Mix up the colored tickets. Give the first ticket to your child and ask them if he can put it on the paper plate that matches it. Continue until all the tickets are matched.
The next step is to teach your child names of the colors.
Take 2 colors he doesn't know. (Example, yellow and green)
Point to the yellow ticket and say, "This is yellow." Point to the green ticket and say, "This is green."
Give me yellow. (If your child can do this go to step 3, if not go back to step 1) Give me green.
Point to the yellow ticket and say, "What color is this?" (If your child can do this you are finished with this lesson, if not go back to step 2).
Add new colors each day.
When teaching new concepts Montessori always does this 3-step method. It is really breaking the learning process down into introducing the new concept, understanding the concept at a concrete level and finally understanding the concept at an abstract level.
Also, this approach is very positive because you don't need to say the word "no" or "wrong." You just go back to the last step your child knew.
Find objects in the house that are the same color as the plates and see how many colors you can find. Take the kitchen fruit bowl and match the fruit to the colors.
You will find different shades of colors, dark green, lime green, grass green. You can put the colors in order from light to dark as well. A large box of crayons work well for showing different shades of color.
You can sing this little song anytime about colors. Sing or chant.
"Ryan is wearing red socks, red socks, red socks, Ryan is wearing red socks all around the town."
"Don is wearing a blue shirt, blue shirt, blue shirt, Don is wearing a blue shirt all day long."
Spread out the different colored paper plates either outside or in a large area. Put all the colored tickets in a bag or a hat. Pull out the colored ticket, the children then shout the color and run to the appropriate plate. The first child to the plate gets your job to pick out the colored ticket out of the bag.
As a prize you can have colored lollipops or balloons for all the players.
I like to tear paper before doing cutting exercises.
Past torn pieces of paper on the background paper to make a collage.
Show the letter "a" and say the short phonetic sound. Ask your child to point to the letter "a"(short sound like in "ant") , point to letter "a" and ask, what letter is this? Tell your child what sound "a" makes- short a sound, like in apple. Many children know the names of the alphabet and not the sounds. Sometimes it is confusing to just do the sound with them. It's okay to say the name of the alphabet and sound if your child already knows the name.
To reinforce the letter let your child point to the letter and rap or sing to the melody of "Row, row your boat."
When singing this ditty use the short letter sound:
Ah, ah, ah, the ah choo sound, "a" makes an ah choo sound.
Ah, ah, ah, ah, "a" makes an ah choo sound.
If this is simple for the child, add another word with the short "a" sound, such as ant.
Add another letter that has been introduced and do the three period lesson .
Advanced Game-use the amount of letters that will make this interesting and successful for your child.
Put some sand, sugar or cream of wheat in a square cake pan or box for drawing purposes. Help your child trace the lower case (small) "a" Feel and say the short a sound.
You chant, "a,b,c"-use the phonetic sounds
Your child repeats, "a,b,c,"
Work your way through the whole alphabet. You can break this into sections if going through the whole alphabet is too difficult at first.
Cut and peel some apples. Cook them for 40 minutes or until tender. Cool the apples. Take turns mashing the apples into applesauce. Add a little honey. Put the applesauce in a cup, add crushed cookies or raisins. Eat and enjoy.
Here are some great books about ants and color.
Show a glass of water, say the word water, then the
Spanish word, agua.
Have your child repeat agua.