I recently started a more structuralized learning approach for my youngest daughter age two in which we have a weekly number and shape that we focus in on. The number I choose for the week corresponds with the week were on. Therefore week 2 the focus number was two and the shape was a circle. I made a coloring page for early readers that way my oldest daughter age 6 could practice her reading skills as my youngest traced the circles and colored them in. I also made an actual tracing page as well in which I added a section at the bottom with the word circle to practice tracing and writing letters. My youngest mostly scribbles all over the pages as my oldest practices her writing skills. With their age gap I’m often incorporating their levels as much as possible to get the most out of everything we do together.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and any qualifying purchases made through affiliate links I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) The mickey mouse clock serves several purposes in one. It introduces kids to colors, shapes, and the concept of time all at once which multitasking can be helpful when it comes to a child’s attention span. The dry erase pockets I use to place the shapes tracing sheet inside to reuse throughout the week.
Weekly I pick a color of the week for my oldest daughter (age 6) and youngest daughter (age 2) to learn in Spanish. For the color blue I made a color poster and a corresponding matching worksheet to go along with it. I place the sheets inside my daughter’s Spanish binder within a protector sheet in order to make the matching activity reusable that way my daughter can use it as a review.
When it comes to teaching colors I implement a variety of strategies. I constantly point out colors to my youngest daily. Often I’ll ask her what shirt she wants to wear. The pink or the green for example. Recently I’ve started a color of the week theme in which we have a new focus color each week to concentrate on. For the color blue I made my youngest daughter age two a blue poster and a matching worksheet to go along with it.
I placed the the matching sheet within a dry erase pocket that way my daughter’s could use it several times throughout the week. Although my youngest is only two I still expose her to letters and words as much as possible because early exposure makes a significant difference later on. Also it gives my oldest daughter a chance to read as she helps her younger sister with the activity.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and any qualifying purchases made through affiliate links I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) Counting bears are a great tool because they can be used to teach colors, sorting, counting and teaching the concept of big and small all at the same time. The set pictured above is the set I use with my children.
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Before I had kids I always thought as long as kids are provided with books and their parents or caregivers sat down with them reading would just be simple. An automatic enjoyment in a child’s life. I was wrong at least when it comes to my children. I always imagined that we’d sit down and read books as my kids sit in my lap and point to the pages in excitement. In actuality it hasn’t been anything like that. When I do get them to read it tends to be a chaotic mess of books all over the place.
I leave books out in the living room, each of their bedrooms, and even a few in their upstairs playroom. However they do gravitate towards the books often although not in terms of actually reading them. My daughters tend to grab out books to play book store in which the book store owners (my daughters) inform the customer (me) that the books aren’t suppose to be read. Other times they make book forts. Which I can rationalize as a way to build their imaginations and logical reasoning skills.
Today I asked my daughters to pick out books to read and set a 20 minute timer. We were able to finish several books to the end. As usual my youngest shut a few and exclaimed “no, no,” as she took the book from me. In which we then turned to other more appealing books that she found acceptable for me to read. Certain books she wants all to herself, to point out the pictures in which she isn’t willing to share with her sister. I was surprised that when the timer went off they were still eager to pick out books to read from their pile.
My youngest allowed me to read the entire book of “Ten Little Ladybugs.” She even allowed me to count each ladybug, which is a big win when it comes to reading in our family. My daughter’s favorite of the Sesame Beginnings series is the book “Eyes & Nose, Fingers & Toes.” she had me read it several times in a row and enjoys acting out each part.
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My oldest brought out two of her favorite books in which we incorporated within our arts and crafts time for the day. “Dog man Grime and Punishment.” “Curious George Learns to count from 1-100.”
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My oldest made a paper bag monster by following the steps provided in the book “Dog man Grime And Punishment.”
My daughter’s and I made paper airplanes by following the instructions provided in the book “Curious George Learns to Count From 1-100.” Getting my daughter to count to 100 was a struggle, she gets bored easily and lacks interest in learning. At first she was reluctant to sit down and read the book with me. Now she often asks for it as her bedtime book. Some pages she counts along. The book is neat because it allows the child to count along if they want while still being an actual story that makes sense as a cohesive whole in which if the child doesn’t want to count it works as well.
The point of this post is because I know as myself I need a reminder when I’m in the middle of the homeschool chaos struggling to keep my kids on track that it’s normal and nothing is perfect. Therefore I’m sharing my reading nightmare because sometimes what helps people the most is seeing the imperfection, and knowing that they are not alone. I don’t believe anyone has it all together and all figured out. We’re all just going at it one day at a time. Although I would like to be able to share with you the absolute best books to read with your child or children you teach I must be honest and admit with books as many parts of the educational process it is a child to child preference. However I hope some of the books I shared today may be worth utilizing with the children in your care. With anything stay patient and keep trying to incorporate reading within your day get creative have fun and try not to take it to heart if your child calls a book icky. Also if you don’t want to become a book hoarder check out your local library and explore their online collection.
In order to teach my oldest daughter (age 6) Spanish I paired it to go along with my youngest daughter’s (age 2) preschool lesson plans. Week 1 consisted of Letter Aa, the number one, the color red, and the shape of a heart. That way it wouldn’t be an entirely separate lesson in which we’d need to chisel out more time in our day for. Since I paired it along with my youngest daughter’s lessons I used all the Aa words we practiced in English for week one as our main focus words to being to recognize in Spanish. Essentially our word of the week was apple since I don’t expect my oldest to remember every word we’ve talked about in Spanish. Since I myself am not fluent in Spanish and am learning as we go I make sure to place a translation in English that way I don’t have to stress myself out if I forget what a word is.
Spanish Week 1 ( click the images below for more information.)
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My oldest daughter has been wanting to learn Spanish recently I decided to start a more structured approach to practicing Spanish that pairs alongside my youngest daughters preschool lessons. Therefore for week one I made a simple poster and matching picture to the correct word activity that represented words that started with Aa in English. My goal is to expose my daughter age 6 to several words a week, although I don’t expect her to remember them all therefore the word of the week for week one was apple.
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Week 1 the shape is a heart and the number is one. I made a simple coloring page in Spanish with one heart on it to represent the shape and number of the week. I also made a simple tracing activity written in both Spanish and English as reference for myself. I myself am not fluent in Spanish and am learning as I go therefore I make sure to put the English translation next to each sentence.
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My daughters are currently ages two and six. With my youngest I have been working on a more structured learning process in which we focus on a different color each week among other subjects. My oldest I’ve been trying to expose her to the language of Spanish therefore I decided it felt fitting to work their learning units together.
For the color red I made a color poster in Spanish and English for my oldest. That way I could introduce her to several words in the Spanish language in order to gradually expand her Spanish vocabulary. I also made a simple worksheet for her to match the picture to the correct word.
I placed the sheets of paper within dry erase pockets that go inside a binder that way as we move through our Spanish learning series my daughter can go back and review everything she has learned, and also re-use each activity as often as she wants.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and any qualifying purchases made through affiliate links I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) Page protectors shown above are the ones I used for my daughters Spanish binder. “A book in four languages colors.” is a great a book to help teach colors to children not only in Spanish, it also covers English, Mandarin, and French.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and any qualifying purchases made through affiliate links I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) My youngest daughter received the “Teach my Toddler” learning kit from her grandparents for Christmas. We spend about 15-30 minutes at a time playing with the kit. She enjoys the foam puzzles. It’s a great addition to a structuralized learning program. She tends to choose to play with the shape puzzle the most. It allows an opportunity to talk about several shapes at once with her rather than just the focus shape. I like that it comes in a container to store everything and each theme is separated within it’s own pocket. The color puzzle is a bit off though the pink isn’t quite readable as pink. Therefore I use that as a way to explain that colors come in a variety of shades.
This week our focus number was one and the shape of the week was a heart to go along with the color red. My youngest daughter age 2 is currently learning her basic shapes, colors, numbers, and letters. I made two activities to talk about the number one and the shape of a heart.
I made one heart to trace and color with a sentence perfect for a beginner reader such as my oldest age 6. I try to keep in mind different levels as I create activities in a way to bridge the age gap between my children. They always want to be involved in each others lessons. My youngest is still at the scribble stage, in which she just enjoys scribbling. Markers although messy are her favorite. We just keep at it trying to get her to attempt to trace patterns.
The second activity I stuck in a dry erase pocket to reuse throughout the week. To work on tracing a heart and introducing my youngest to more letters. While getting my oldest to practice her writing skills.
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