Monday, April 7, 2014

Letter G Tot School

Henry is 36 months old. 

This was another week where I expected Henry to really enjoy the activities, but that didn't really happen. I'm not sure if he is in the same late winter/early spring slump that I seem to be in, or if my ideas haven't been connecting with him, but it has been a struggle to get him to repeat his work.

On the first tray was a basket of Easter grass with some hidden letter g words. Then, a sheet to matching sheet to match them too. Henry always seems to enjoy the sensory aspect of this activity. But, I've come to the realization that it is just way too easy for him now. Sadly, matching only words is still too hard. He's in a weird middle ground now.


The second tray was by far Henry's favorite tray of the week. This seems to be the kind of matching that Henry is really attracted to right now. Here, I included all the uppercase sandpaper letters from the letters we have worked on so far {A-G} and a small object that starts with each letter. I thought this would challenge Henry a little, but he knew them all right away. He loved sounding out that initial sound. Several of the parents at co-op were also surprised how their child could sound out the object to match correctly.



The third tray was a counting tray. I made a set of garden cards with a different number of vegetables in each. The children could then match a number card to the number of veggies present. Some kids had the patience to count out the veggies -- Henry did not.



The final tray was a green object sorting tray. Henry liked this too, but refused to try the tweezers. Many of the kids were great at sorting with tweezers.



Other things we did:

Replanted our class plant to get a taste of gardening.


Letter G Sensory Bin


Gardening Tools 3-Part Cards: These were printed from Montessori Print Shop.


G Magnet Board


Letter G salt tray


Tot School Montessori Monday

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3 comments:

  1. Maybe for image-word connecting you could offer differing images of giraffes/whatever the match image is. That way it's slightly more of a challenge. Also you'd be teaching group association: ie, this dog might not look exactly like the other dog but you know they're both dogs.

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  2. Or do it puzzle style? Maybe make him match up the top and bottom half of the animals to the control? I love the activities! :) I think sometimes, kids have off weeks just like we do! The sand paper letter/object matching is a favorite here, too!

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  3. I'm always bummed when the girls turn up their noses at a tray I think is cute! They are really into just coloring right now and often pass right over what I think is the 'fun' stuff. I love your sorting tray, the jacks are a cute touch!

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