N is for Nose

When we had N for our letter of the week, my little trooper was sick. But that didn’t prevent him from being active! He didn’t want to just lie down and rest so we still went on with his activities to keep him preoccupied. πŸ™‚ He had to nebulize multiple times a day. To cheer him up, I told him that N is for Nebulize! Haha! That made him giggle. πŸ™‚ Here’s how our week went:

Books and the Bible

Mr. Nosey and Mr. Noisy are just some of the Mr. Men books that Timmy loves. πŸ™‚ The Nemo book is actually his introduction to the character. We haven’t watched the movie Finding Nemo yet. He still can’t stay put for 1.5 hours. He would rather play, read, or do something else than watch an entire movie. Maybe when he’s older. πŸ™‚ The Nemo book, by the way, is part of the Fish in a Box set that contains books about Dory, Finn, and Gill.

The Napping House is one of our favorites. We make different snoring sounds which makes this book really fun to read! Noah and the Ark is a rhyming reading level book. Timmy has two versions ofΒ The Nose Book. One is the board book and the other one is part of his collection of Bright and Early Beginner Books About Me. Timmy enjoys reading Ay Naku! all the time mainly because of its colorful illustrations. πŸ™‚

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For our Bible character, we learned about Nehemiah and how God granted him favor in everything he did. We also watched a couple of videos about him. πŸ™‚ Nehemiah’s story encouraged me to always commit to the Lord everything I do. Sometimes I get so preoccupied with my to-do things for the day that I tend to forget to ask help from God. It’s amazing how being a homeschool mom has taught me a lot of things! πŸ™‚

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God’s Story: Nehemiah from Crossroads Kids’ Club on Vimeo.

Primary Year C Quarter 4 Episode 8: “Nehemiahβ€”God’s Builder” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.

Writing

For writing, Timmy placed Numbers on the N template. He really liked this activity because he loves numbers and stickers! It also kept him busy a little bit longer than usual. πŸ™‚

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Here you will see my little boy nebulizing. He still wanted to practice writing N so I gave him his big flashcards. Doing activities while nebulizing distracts him from the discomfort of the mask. It eventually became a good idea for him to do something during his sessions. πŸ™‚

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We also did his favorite reading-writing activity. I’m so glad that this exercise hasn’t lost its novelty yet! πŸ™‚ He checked his own work and wrote “very good.” Haha!

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Art

I asked Timmy to draw different Noses. πŸ™‚ He was more creative and free flowing when we just did it using pencil and plain bond paper. When I gave him faces with googly eyes and red mouth he became more careful in drawing! πŸ™‚ I think he got conscious because the people looked better. Haha!

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Math

We continued with our skip counting and here he was doing it by 5’s. He didn’t complain doing this exercise because he always looks forward to our skip counting practices. I think my son is slowly becoming an expert in multi-tasking like nebulizing while doing some math drills. πŸ™‚

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We did a counting exercise using Nuts. Timmy always ended up eating the nuts after he counted them. πŸ™‚ I helped him eat, too! Haha! πŸ™‚ What a very distracting activity! Heehee! πŸ™‚

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N is for Notes so we did another counting activity that week and used his colorful pegs. He clipped the clothespins to the correct number of notes. πŸ™‚

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It was a tough week for us because our little boy was sick but we praise and thank God that he got better eventually and he never lost his energy. πŸ™‚ During times like these, I’m so grateful that we’re homeschooling. I don’t need to worry about absences and make-up exams. We can rest for as long as we want. And if my son is in the mood to learn despite being sick, I can indulge him and try to make learning fun and comfortable for him. πŸ™‚ Watch for our C week on my next blog! Ciao! πŸ™‚

Letters of the Week: K and D Double Celebration

When I randomly picked our letters for June, I didn’t realize that K would fall on Independence Day week and D would fall on Father’s Day week! It was the first time that our featured letters had actual occasions to go along with it! πŸ™‚ I decided to make K is for Kalayaan (freedom) to celebrate Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan and D is for Daddy in celebration of Father’s Day! πŸ™‚ Here’s how our two busy weeks went:

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Books and Bible Virtue

Our K books for the week included Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny (Caldecott Medal Winner) and Knuffle Bunny, Too. These hilarious books are so fun to read! πŸ™‚ The illustrations and reactions of the characters are priceless!Β Because A Little Bug Went Ka-choo! is an exaggerated tale of cause and effect. One ka-choo (i.e. sneeze) caused crazy chaos in a city. Too cute! πŸ™‚ Katy No-Pocket is a heartwarming tale of a kangaroo with no pocket and how she found a way to have one. πŸ™‚ Our storyboard for the week was about a kangaroo, too! Go to Sleep Kuting and Run Kuting Run (not in the picture, I forgot) are lovable stories about a very hyper kitten. Heehee! πŸ™‚

For our Bible virtue, we learned about Kindness and how we can be kind to each other. πŸ™‚ We also read different stories from the Bible where the characters showed kindness to each other such as the friendship of David and Jonathan. πŸ™‚

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We’re back to our complete-the-words activity for practicing letter K. Timmy loves this activity as you can see in his face.Β  πŸ™‚ After that, he designed his big K and small K templates using keys! Those are my scrapbook embellishments. Lately, I’ve been finding myself donating more and more to my little one’s arts and crafts. Haha! πŸ™‚ He also practiced tracing letter K. All 3 activities took us 15-20 minutes only! πŸ™‚

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Math

We did a counting exercise and I simply wrote K’s inside the box. My son used to be a careless counter but now he has improved a lot by counting slowly. πŸ™‚ He wants to get things done quickly all the time (I guess it’s typical for boys). To help him with that, we would practice counting random things or do simple exercises that would require him to be careful in counting especially for items that are more than five. πŸ™‚

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Arts and Crafts

In keeping with our Independence Day or Araw ng Kalayaan theme, we created the Philippine flag! We also read many Filipino books that week. πŸ™‚ The first Filipino bilingual book that Timmy had was Ang Mabait na Kalabaw or The Kind Carabao. It’s still one of his favorites. πŸ™‚

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For our next craft, we did some coin rubbing so that he would get more familiar with the heroes on our money and our currency. Timmy already knows the presidents and heroes on our bills but the coins were a bit tricky since it’s small. πŸ™‚ When I got him his play money, he got really curious and kept asking who the people on the bills were! A lot of my teaching moments are student-led so we jumped right into it! He memorized them because he wanted to. πŸ™‚ I’m still thinking of creative ways to tell their stories. πŸ™‚

When we started doing this activity, I noticed that he wasn’t interested to know who the people on the coins were so I decided to scrap the learning part and just focused on the fun in coin rubbing. πŸ™‚ It was arts time anyway! When I teach him in the future, I’ll probably print out big pictures of the coins so that he’ll enjoy learning it as much as he enjoyed learning through his big play money bills. πŸ™‚

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D is for Daddy

I couldn’t concentrate with homeschool that week because I was busy planning my Father’s Day surprise for Omar. Thankfully, Timmy was extra cooperative that week! He didn’t even tell daddy that we were cookin’ up something for him! πŸ™‚ Great job, buddy!

Books and Bible Character

What better way to celebrate our D week than by reading Dr. Seuss! You can never go wrong reading him! The rhymes, tongue twisters, and colorful illustrations are so enticing! I can literally leave Timmy on his own and he would enjoy reading them! πŸ™‚ Our other D books included the huge Dinosaurs book, Down by the Cool of the Pool (we really love this and we even have a song for it!), The Duckling Gets a Cookie (yup, another Mo Willems), and Just Like Daddy (a tribute to Timmy’s super awesome dad!). πŸ™‚

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David was our Bible character of the week and we learned how God looks at our hearts more than our physical appearance. πŸ™‚ We also revisited the story of David and Goliath. This is one of Timmy’s favorite Bible stories and this music video by Go Fish is one of our staples. πŸ™‚ Go Fish, by the way, is a group of dads who make children’s praise music! πŸ™‚ They’re awesome!

Kindergarten Year B Quarter 2 Episode 1: “Just a Shepherd Boy?” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.

Writing

I gave Timmy a DIY letter template and asked him to decorate the big D and small d with diamonds! πŸ™‚ I cut out pieces of foam-shaped diamonds. πŸ™‚ He also traced/painted D using dots. He used white poster paint and Q tips for that activity. Since he enjoyed so much, I asked him to continue practice writing D using the Q tips! πŸ™‚

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Math

My little boy loves learning something new so that week I introduced him to skip counting by 10’s. πŸ™‚ He really had fun with it! πŸ™‚ Here’s the exercise I asked him to do. Yup, he wrote he “Very Good” for his job well done. πŸ™‚ He gets all giddy when he sees me drafting an exercise for him. Timmy already knows it when I borrow his clipboard and colored pens. He watches me do it and would sometimes write on the paper too early! Haha! I would ask him to wait so that he gets to practice restraint and self-control even in the little things. πŸ™‚

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Arts and Crafts

It’s all about DADDY! Timmy painted “DADDY I LOVE YOU” on bond paper. I asked him to write the letters ofΒ  “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY DADDY” on different sheets of colored paper then I placed them all on a maroon felt paper banner and mounted it on our bedroom wall! πŸ™‚ When Daddy Omar woke up he was surprised! We also gave him his gifts, too! πŸ™‚ That man right there is our SUPER HERO. πŸ™‚ We love you, Daddy O!

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Those two weeks were tiring but fun! πŸ™‚ Watch out for our C week in my next blog! Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

L is for Leaf

For our “L” letter of the week, we really wanted to do some leaf picking in our neighborhood. I wanted Timmy to pick and choose all sizes of leaves. But there were days when it was scorching hot outside (this was late May and it still felt like the peak of Manila summer!). Leaf picking at night was not a good idea either because Timmy wouldn’t be able to appreciate the colors and shapes of the leaves. I’m not allowed to get exposed to the sun because of my Lupus so we had to find a compromise.

Thankfully, there were tiny plants sprouting in our garage! They may be small but a leaf is a leaf no matter how whiff! Yes, that’s my pathetic attempt to recreate Dr. Seuss’ “a person’s a person no matter how small.” Haha! Anyway, here’s how our week went. πŸ™‚

Books and the Bible

L is for Love so we read our love-related books such as Guess How Much I Love You, I Love You Forever (with matching singing), How Do I Love You, and I Love You Because You’re You. πŸ™‚ One of our favorite storybooks is The Lion Who Wanted to Love. It’s about Leo the Lion who instead of being wild and fierce prefers to make friends and help other animals. πŸ™‚ We also read a couple of Mo Willemsβ€”Leonardo the Terrible Monster (because he’s too cute to scare anyone) and Listen to my Trumpet. Llama Llama Red Pajama is another favorite! It teaches your little one not to be so clingy but in a sweet way. πŸ™‚ We’ve been reading this since he was two (he’s four now)! πŸ™‚

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The Little Engine that Could is a classic that everyone must have in their shelves. We would chant, “I think, I can! I think, I can!” repeatedly with a chugga-chugga-choo-choo vibe to it. πŸ™‚ It’s a story about perseverance and believing that you can do things even if you think you’re “small.” πŸ™‚ Lenny’s Lost Spots is a cute one! It’s about a ladybug who lost his spots and found it again. The rhyming verses are fun to read, too! I mentioned before that we love Mr. and Mrs. Green books and the Lucky Days is another compilation of three awesome adventures of the crocodile couple. πŸ™‚

The Little House is another classic. It’s not as colorful as other storybooks so it always takes extra animation for me whenever we read it. πŸ™‚ It’s about a little house that has seen all sorts of changes in its environment. From being at the countryside to seeing fields turned into roads, buildings being constructed, and getting lost in the crowded city. It gets saved by the family who previously owns it. It’s a touching tale about modernization told from a little house’s point of view. πŸ™‚

 

Aside from watching the video, we learned about the different ways we can show our love for God and each other. πŸ™‚ We also discussed how great Jesus’ love is for us by giving His life to save us from our sins. My husband and I have been explaining to Timmy in the simplest terms the sacrifice that Jesus did. It’s heartwarming to hear your child say, “Jesus saved me because I can’t save myself. Jesus died for my sins!” πŸ™‚

Writing

L is a pretty easy letter to write so to make our writing and letter familiarization more exciting I asked him to stamp L on his big L and small l templates. πŸ™‚ He loves stamping, by the way, so it’s a win-win activity! πŸ™‚ He also wrote L words like love, lion, and Lot 5B, Blk 6 (the address of his grandma…HAHA!). Too cute! πŸ™‚ He patiently traced letter L on his colorful flash cards as well. Timmy wanted to show his bunny how to do it that’s why he’s there. πŸ™‚

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For math, we’ve done less-and-more activities before and I decided to do a review on it. πŸ™‚ It has been a few months since we did our last practice so I first did a visual exercise for him to be reminded of the concept then gave him another one which had numbers only. πŸ™‚ Whenever I teach this to him I interchange synonymous words like lesser/less than, fewer, and smaller so that he knows that they basically mean the same (i.e. in terms of numerical value). I do the same with more, greater, and bigger.

It’s L week so we practiced the “less than” concept. It wasn’t in the instructions but it was the word I was using to explain what he needed to do. πŸ™‚ Okay, let me just say that this technique works for us. If interchanging words confuses your child, don’t do it. πŸ™‚

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Arts and Crafts

We did our leaf art! πŸ™‚ One morning, we were on our way out when I saw small plants in our garage! Yay! I asked Timmy to pick some and place it inside the plastic I brought. He picked two big leaves and teeny tiny ones. πŸ™‚ The next day, I asked him to form an L using the leaves! We also did letter stamping ala Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. πŸ™‚ I drew a coconut tree and asked him to stamp the falling letters. So fun!

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That wraps up our L week! Hope you got some ideas you can do with your little one. πŸ™‚ Watch out for our D and K weeks in my next blog! Ciao!

Confessions of a Laid-Back Homeschooler

I’m a very laid-back homeschooler. I’m not even sure if that’s a good thing or not. Haha! But so far it’s been working really well for me and Timmy. πŸ™‚ It may look like that I have it together with all my posts about letter of the week (LOTW) activities but the truth is, most of them just happened on the fly! I just love documenting everything and putting them on collage because I plan to put them in a scrapbook. πŸ™‚ But it’s NO WAY an indication that we had a well-planned week. Seriously! And let me tell you a little secret, those activities only take a few minutes (15-30 minutes tops)! πŸ™‚

Sometimes I just stare at our pantry cabinet looking for something we can do a few minutes before Timmy wakes up. I know I’m cutting it close but some of my best ideas have come during buzzer beaters! πŸ™‚ I always have my colored pens and colored papers within reach for quick activities. I do a quick Google and Pinterest search. I plan in my head what we’ll do for the day and leave room for something random.

My organized hubby :)

My organized hubby πŸ™‚

The thing is I’m not much of a planner, really. And I’m also forgetful. That’s a pretty bad combination right there. Haha! That’s why I’m so grateful to be married to a man who likes to put everything in order. Omar keeps me organized. πŸ™‚ There were days when I forgot to calendar our activities and it has caused us a lot of stress (e.g. surprise commitments, unplanned meet-ups, etc.). Sorry, hon! Thankfully, he’s very forgiving, too. πŸ™‚

So how does a laid back, disorganized, forgetful mom homeschool?

I seek daily wisdom from the Best Teacher. Spending some time alone with God helps me relax and focus on what I need to do for the day. Apart from Him, I can’t do anything. Praying and reading His Word helps me start my day right. πŸ™‚ It’s my time to declutter my thoughts. Recognizing my daily need for His guidance and wisdom has helped me a lot regardless of how my day goes. I mentioned in one of my previous posts that a lot of my homeschool eureka moments have come during this time. πŸ™‚

My little teacher. :)

My little learner. πŸ™‚

I take my teaching cues from my son. When Timmy shows interest on somethingβ€”a book or topicβ€”I latch on it quickly and take advantage of it. Is there a language or math principle we can learn from it? I also test his capabilities every now and then. When he showed interest in counting beyond tens I casually asked him to go on counting up to hundreds last year (he was 3). He enthusiastically worked on it! When we bought a book about skip counting he got so into it that now we’re skip counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Even and odd numbers are his new favorites. πŸ™‚ I go full blast when I see that he’s ready but I also retract quickly when he shows signs of difficulty and resistance.

This is especially true with writing. He’s not a big tracing fan so I kept all his tracing worksheets and focused on how he wants to writeβ€”which is by copying my strokes. πŸ™‚ I let him watch me write all the time. Those who have seen Timmy write were surprised at how legible, fast, and smooth he does it. I guess it comes from the fact that he watches an adult do it and when I do it I make it look easy, right? I also let him write in a fun way by using Q tips, colored pens, finger paints so that he will look forward to doing it over and over again!

Practicing letter D. :)

Practicing letter D. πŸ™‚

Writing with Q tips! :)

Writing with Q tips! πŸ™‚

Now I understand from a child’s standpoint how much of a chore tracing can be because you’re left to do it on your own following boring dotted lines. Whereas when you write using engaging materials, see an adult β€œdemo” it, and do it together often, your child will see how easy it is! Well, at least for my son. There are kids who thrive in tracing and if that’s your child just go with it! πŸ™‚

That’s exactly what I love about homeschooling. You’re not tied to a curriculum that forces your child to learn all subjects at once. You can focus on his strengths and interests then change your approach in areas where your child is struggling. You’re not limited to using one medium. You become more in tune with your child’s learning style and adapt to it accordingly. πŸ™‚

I follow a flexible schedule and flexible curriculum. I have an outline of some sort which serves as my guide for our routine during the day. We start our homeschooling around 9:00-9:30am (yup, we don’t struggle with waking up early). We finish at around 11:00am. It’s not all sit-down learning. Reading time (our favorite) is part of it, playing and lots of tickles in between (another favorite), arts and crafts (especially painting), and writing activities.

In the afternoon, after his nap time we read again and we either do art or another homeschool activity after. Nothing is broken down into minutes like 10:00-10:30 is this subject, etc. Timmy knows his schedule (i.e. the outline of his day) and the predictability helps him cooperate and adjust. πŸ™‚ But no, he’s not confined to a rigid minute-to-minute period.

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Timmy’s schedule board. πŸ™‚

We do the LOTW activities for structure purposes. But I’m very flexible with it. There are days when the bulk of our activity happens in one day. Then the next two days we won’t do any LOTW stuff. We would do other learning through play activities instead. We would go back to it over the weekend or something. We’re also doing Before Five in a Row (BFIAR) on the side. Again, for structure purposes just so I have a guide. πŸ™‚

Here’s the thing, preschool homeschool should really be unstructured. The attention span of 3 to 4-year-olds is way too short for sit-down learning. Aside from our flexible schedule and curriculum, I also consult different reliable sites for developmental milestones and signs of delay and use it as guide for age-appropriate activities.

Sure my son knows a lot for his age and I could have well enrolled him in a homeschool provider for Kindergarten or even Grade 1. But he’s only 4 and won’t turn 5 till December. He will be 5 1/2 years old when he gets into Kinder next school year and we’re totally fine about it. Besides, he’s still within the age-5 bracket. πŸ™‚ By that time, he will be more cooperative and attentive.

635727663375033139 (2) The choice between enrolling him at 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 was crucial for me and my husband. Childhood is too fleeting to be hurried. Knowledge is one thing, maturity is another. We went for the latter because based on how we know our child we assessed that he will be more ready by then not based on head knowledge but based on everything else. Less frustrations for me, too! πŸ™‚

I make up for what we missed. I confess that we have gone through an entire week without any homeschool activity. There were days when our letter of the week became letter of the day, meaning we only had the chance to tackle the letter in one day. So what did I do? I made up for it the following week. It’s not like he stopped learning for one week. We still did the basicsβ€”play (yup, it’s a requirement), read, sing, and write/draw. We just didn’t covered a lot for a certain letter. πŸ™‚ Sometimes those breaks help, too. It gives Timmy more options to learn other things before he goes back to his routine.

Being a laid-back homeschooler doesn’t mean being irresponsible. It just means that you’re not too uptight with teaching your child like clockwork. It means that you allow for breathing room and reasonable breaks to change things up to encourage creativity and self-discovery in your child. πŸ™‚

Planting carrot seeds. :) There are carrot sprouts now! :)

Planting carrot seeds. πŸ™‚ There are carrot sprouts now! πŸ™‚

The fun part right now is that my son doesn’t have any concept of β€œcatching up on lessons” yet so he doesn’t feel any pressure. He just knows that we’re always learning something new. πŸ™‚ But in my head, β€œThis was supposed to be for last week, sweetheart.” Haha!

I know that as Timmy grows up and his lessons become more complicated I will need to step up my game, prepare my lessons way ahead of time, and be more organized. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be fun anymore. It could be that we will find new ways to be engaged in our subjects and find dynamic tools and resources to make learning consistently enjoyable for both of us! πŸ™‚

Will I outgrow being a laid-back homeschooler? Probably not. That’s who I am and so far it matches the spontaneity and flexibility that homeschooling provides for us. πŸ™‚ Imagine you can discuss history for an entire week and put math on hold because your child is so engrossed with your Vikings lesson! There are so many things you can do without being confined to a rigid schedule! Being laid back not only means being relaxed but also being willing to embrace unique, non-traditional learning opportunities along the way. πŸ™‚

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We’re a homeschooling family! πŸ™‚

What matters to us is that our son learns in a way that is most beneficial for him. There will be days when worksheets will take a back seat when we see the need to deal with character issues first. There will be weeks when we’ll struggle with certain concepts. But when your child knows that he can count on his mommy-teacher and daddy-teacher to find ways to help him through a steep learning curve, he’ll be more motivated to learn. πŸ™‚

So yes, I’m a laid-back homeschooler teaching my son under the constant guidance of my Heavenly Father and the full support of my husband. Although it’s far from ideal, it’s what works for us. After all, when you think of home shouldn’t it be welcoming and relaxing? I believe the same rules apply for homeschooling as well. πŸ™‚

Clay activities for the reluctant clay user

My son is probably one of the few kids who doesn’t like clay. He doesn’t like the icky feeling that goes along with it. Although he has no problems getting himself dirty, clay is an entirely different story. The most he could do with it was form a ball or flatten it. He wouldn’t create other things the way I’ve seen other kids do it. Timmy received clay gifts the past couple of years. We tried using them but he would stop immediately. He would even complain about the sticky, gooey feeling. I decided to give it a rest and planned to introduce it again. Months later, I came up with fun clay activities that wouldn’t highlight the icky feeling but would still enhance his creativity and develop his fine motor skillsΒ  (Thank You, Lord, for the ideas!). πŸ™‚

Animal stamping

I mixed 2 colors of clay and flattened it with Timmy’s help. πŸ™‚ I asked him to press his animals’ feet on the clay so he could see the different footprints! He had to press extra hard so he could see the prints. πŸ™‚ Flex those finger muscles!

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Getting his animals ready! πŸ™‚

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Stamping time! πŸ™‚

Clay Poking

I cut pieces of straw and asked Timmy to poke the clay! This simple activity allowed him to create different scenarios like a forest for the green straws and a birthday cake for the pink ones (he even blew the straw candles and sang Happy Birthday!). πŸ™‚ He also did animal stamping again on his forest. πŸ™‚ He enjoyed it when small pieces of clay got stuck inside the straw! He would press the straw so that the small round pieces of clay would come out. πŸ™‚

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Creating his forest. πŸ™‚

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Focused straw poking. πŸ™‚

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T-Rex invades the forest and leaves footprints!

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Pressing hard to see the prints. πŸ™‚

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Creating a birthday cake! πŸ™‚

He likes the clay getting stuck in the straw. :)

He likes the clay getting stuck in the straw because it looks like a candle. πŸ™‚

Letter Carving

We formed words and pressed the letters on the clay. Timmy removed them so he could see the word we carved on it. πŸ™‚ This is a great fine motor exercise especially if you’re using hard, sticky clay. πŸ™‚

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We used his small lacing letters and pressed them on clay. πŸ™‚

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Time to remove them! πŸ™‚

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Timmy’s icky face. Haha! πŸ™‚

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Carefully removing his pressed letters. πŸ™‚

These activities are for clay lovers and clay haters alike. πŸ™‚ Timmy has found new uses for clay after we did these. I was so glad it didn’t go to waste! Sometimes we just need to give our kids different options for them to appreciate the things they initially don’t like. πŸ™‚ Hope you’ll enjoy doing them as much as we did!

R is for Red

While planning for our R week, the first thing that came to my mind was REDβ€”my son’s favorite color! I prepared a red sensory bin for him to enjoy the entire week. πŸ™‚ Two of his favorite superheroes wear red (Spider-Man and the Flash), the first pen that runs out every time is red, and much like Dorothy’s ruby shoes Timmy has his favorite red shoes as well. πŸ™‚ As soon as he saw his red sensory bin, he flashed a huge smile! He couldn’t contain his joy! He started playing with it immediately and created multiple scenarios such as a red blocks tower (which he said was also a parking area), a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam, and more!

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Books and Bible Story

Almost all the books in this “R” pile are Timmy’s favorites! The Road Trip was given to him two years ago and he still loves it up to now. πŸ™‚ Rainbow Fish is one of the series we love and just a couple of weeks ago I found a compilation of Rainbow Fish stories in Book Sale! Yay!Β Run Kuting Run is a signed copy by Robert Magnuson. Special thanks to Tito Aleks of OMF! He really loves that book and Go to Sleep Kuting.Β πŸ™‚ Runaway Bunny is a classic we like to read over and over again. At first, we named his bunny the Runaway Bunny but when he got the bookΒ The Velveteen Rabbit, we changed the bunny’s name to the latter. πŸ™‚Β Chasing Rainbows is probably one of the coolest books we’ve ever had. πŸ™‚ We just need to find the 3D glass, though. We keep losing it!

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For our Bible story, we learned about Rahab. I embedded the video below so you can watch it, too! We also read about the Ravens that brought food to Elijah and talked about how God can provide for our needs. πŸ™‚

Primary Year B Quarter 4 Episode 2: “Escape From Jericho” from Sabbath School on Vimeo.

Math

We did a counting exercise using Ribbons for our math activity. πŸ™‚ I placed double-sided tape on strips of ribbon and asked Timmy to place the correct quantity in each box. Peeling away those tapes is one of the fine motor exercises that my son enjoys. πŸ™‚

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Math and Writing

Whenever we go out, we always bring paper and pens. These are just some of Timmy’s boredom busters while waiting for meals. So one time, while waiting for dinner to arrive, I asked him if he wants to play a pattern game and he agreed! So I made a series of patterns involving letter “r” (to practice writing small “r” this time) and asked him to complete it. πŸ™‚ Timmy is now at the stage when he wants to correct his own work and write “very good” if he got a perfect score. πŸ™‚ Haha! I would still check it often but he would still ask if he could check his activity and write his score. πŸ™‚

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Since the food was taking so long, we decided to do another activity! This time I asked him to look for big “R” among the Random letters on the paper. πŸ™‚

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Our favorite subject! For this activity, we used Rolling marbles! I placed a bond paper inside an old tin container, gave Timmy some marbles to dip in poster paint, and asked him to roll the marbles inside until the paper was full of color! We were cheering, “Roll it! Roll it! Roll it!” while he was doing it. πŸ™‚ I wasn’t able to get a lot of decent pictures because he was moving all the time! Haha! He really had fun with this activity and so did I! πŸ™‚

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That wraps up our letter of the week spotlight on “R.” πŸ™‚ I’m still catching up on my LOTW blogs. These were done back in April so yes, there’s more coming! πŸ™‚ Roughly 6 more letters before I can say I’m up to date. Haha!

Thanks for reading! Bye for now! πŸ™‚