Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Letter J Tot School

Letter J was another success at Montessori tot school! Henry was very interested in the trays this week and I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of time we spent at tot school. In particular, Henry finally wanted to use the sandpaper letters and salt tray a ton this week. You can see a video of him in action here.

On our first tray was orange juicing. We only used this tray during co-op, but it gave all the children the opportunity to juice. The hand juicer requires a lot of strength from the children, but they always think the reward is worth it! I think they juiced every single orange I put out.


The second tray was a repeat from our first letter j tot school -- water beads and the jellyfish sheet. Water beads are always a huge hit, and this tray was no exception. It requires a great amount of concentration to get the beads to stay in place.


The third tray was a j-word matching sheet. On this sheet, I had a bunch of j-words with lines to smaller boxes. Then, I included pictures of each of the objects. The kids could then follow the lines to match the picture to the word. I made them color coordinating to keep it self-correcting.



Henry really enjoyed this. By not having the boxes horizontal from the word, it made the matching just a little more interesting for him.

Other things we did this week included:

Jellybean counting: Matching numbers to the number of jellybeans in a picture. This was difficult after about number 5 since the jellybeans are so similar looking.


Jellybean pouring: I'm constantly amazed how much better Henry and the co-op kids get each time we have a tray like this. Henry still loves pouring work. {Hint -- don't want the kids to eat the jellybeans? Use sour ones!}


J-friend counting: One of the boys in co-op had his special week this week and he happens to love counting. So I made a set of foam numbers, then printed small pictures of the boy as counters. I think it was a hit for him!



Letter J sensory bin:


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