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Our Going to Bed Book

Being able to read or listen to a story requires a lot more than saying or listening to words on a page.  Reading/listening to a story in a meaningful way, requires something much more…..comprehension.  In short, reading comprehension is being able to make meaning of text.  One very important strategy for helping to develop reading comprehension is by making connections between the text (story) & self (your tot) so when you read stories together make an effort to point out or ask questions based on similarities or differences between the story line and your tot’s life.  And…… when you get the opportunity, make your own story books starring your tot and your family!  Your child will love to read these stories independently (and will be able to read them, because the link between the text and self is so strong).

 

On alternating Fridays I blog about the final activity of our current theme 

 

This week’s Theme:Bedtime

Activity Description: Make a personalized going to bed book describing your bedtime routine

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, creative, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 2 years + 5 months

 

Lets get started!

  • Plan out your going to bed book! (Brainstorm with your little one)

Here’s what we came up with:

  1. Have a bath
  2. Put on our PJ’s
  3. Brush our hair
  4. Brush our teeth
  5. Read a story
  6. Kiss good-night
  7. Get tucked in & sing a lullaby
  8. Have sweet dreams!
  • Take pictures for your going to bed book! 
We have a bath!

We have a bath!

We put on our pyjamas.

We put on our pyjamas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We brush our hair.

We brush our hair.

We brush our teeth.

We brush our teeth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We read a story with Mommy.

We read a story with Mommy.

We give a good-night kiss!

We give a good-night kiss!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We get tucked in.

We get tucked in under our covers.

We get cozy in our beds.

We get cozy in our beds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M fast asleep!

M fast asleep!

O fast asleep!

O fast asleep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Make/find a book template and insert your pictures!  (The template below is included in the Leaping Lilies curriculum) 

O&M Going to bed book_Page_5O&M Going to bed book_Page_1

 

 

 

 

 

O&M Going to bed book_Page_2

 

O&M Going to bed book_Page_3

 

 

 

 

 

 

O&M Going to bed book_Page_4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Enjoy reading your Going to Bed Book for months/years to come!  (We have made a few books together that we enjoy reading over and over)

Click here to see another post about making a personalized book

Click here to see a post about how to read stories to young children

 

P.S….this has recently become a part of our bedtime routine!!!  Anybody else have to do this??

Bedtime Band-aids on non-existent boo-boos!

Bedtime band-aids on non-existent boo-boos!

 Have a great weekend, we’ll see you on Monday with a new theme and lots more fun learning!

 

 

 

Oh, These Are the Shapes in Our Neighbourhood….

Goodness me!  We have come to the last day of the entire Clever Clovers curriculum!  It has been a wonderful 3 months – thank you for sharing in on our experiences!  I have had several emails from our readers asking when the next program, Reaching Roses, will be ready for purchase.  I apologize, but it is not quite ready for publication yet! I am going to release it in two parts (because this stage of developmental growth is 6 months long; 18-24 months).  Some of you don’t need 6 months of activity plans, so I am going to release it in two, 3 month packages.  The first package will be ready ASAP….  and I will start the Reaching Roses program with my girls on Monday.  I am looking forward to working with a new set of skills and objectives.

On alternating Fridays I blog about our final activity (starring my twin babies)

This week’s Theme: Basic Shapes

Activity Description: Go on a photo scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood to find shapes.  Take at least 4 pictures of each shape and make a “My Neighbourhood Shapes” book with the pictures you take.

This Activity’s Main Area of  Development: Language, cognitive, creative, gross motor, fine motor, social

O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 18 months + 1 week

1. As a precursor to the project, I explained that we would go for a walk and try to find shapes so we can take pictures of them.

2. Off we went!  As we walked, I pointed out shapes to reiterate what our purpose was.  From then on I would ask, “Can you find a triangle?, for example.  It ended up being that I pointed out all of the shapes we found (except for one).  They would repeat what I said and sometimes trace the object with their fingers.  They really enjoyed interacting with the objects (though sometimes it wasn’t possible).

Circles:

Pedestrian crossing button

Pedestrian crossing button

M presses the button

M presses the button

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Water sprinkler

Water sprinkler

Tail pipe on a truck

Tail pipe on a truck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I asked, "can you find a circle?" She brought me this and said "kerkel"!

When I asked, “Can you find a circle?” M brought me this and said “kerkel”!

I'm not exactly sure what it is, though it fell from a tree.

I’m not exactly sure what it is, though it fell from a tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stars: (we only found two so I will add a couple of pictures from our home)

Movie theater

Movie theatre

Hub cap

Hub cap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Squares:

Street sign

Street sign

Somebody's driveway

Somebody’s driveway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are these things anyway?  I've always though telephone or electrical wires.

What are these things anyway? I’ve always thought telephone or electrical wires.

Somebody's window

Somebody’s window

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangles:

3. Now it’s time to make the book (P.S. This template I made is provided in the curriculum. Just add your own pictures!) Visit our shop!

book coverpages of book 1pages of book 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Last but not least, print, laminate, staple and enjoy reading it together!

…Near the beginning you will see M patting her head (she’s communicating that in the picture she is wearing a hat) also she starts saying “beep beep”, this is indicating that she sees the pedestrian crossing button that she pressed and heard a “beep”.  O quite enjoyed the book also but was not keen on the video camera so you don’t see much of her.

Want to see other culminating projects from the Clever Clovers curriculum? Click here.