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:
Have a bath
Put on our PJ’s
Brush our hair
Brush our teeth
Read a story
Get tucked in & sing a lullaby
Have sweet dreams!
Take pictures for your going to bed book!
We have a bath!
We put on our pyjamas.
We brush our hair.
We brush our teeth.
We read a story with Mommy.
We give a good-night kiss!
We get tucked in under our covers.
We get cozy in our beds.
M fast asleep!
O fast asleep!
Make/find a book template and insert your pictures! (The template below is included in the Leaping Lilies curriculum)
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)
We’ve come to the end of the Clothing activity plan from the Reaching Roses curriculum (which is now available for purchase!…apologies to those of you who have been waiting). This activity provided a lot of learning opportunity and enjoyment for today but will also serve us well in the future! …. I’m already imagining the fun and educational activities we could do with this in ten years time…
On alternating Fridays I blog about our final activity (starring my twin babies)
This week’s Theme:Clothing
Activity Description: Make a family time capsule about clothing!
This Activity’s Main Area of Development: Language, cognitive, fine motor, social, emotional
O&M’s Ages (at the time of posting this): 22 months
1. Get a sturdy box (insulate it with a plastic bag if you wish)
2. Decorate the box
Decorating with stickers
Making wrapping paper
3. Insert clothing articles. Here’s what we included:
Baby’s clothes at the time of making the capsule (for size) – we put in the onesies “shirts” they made this week
Pictures of current fashionable and trendy clothes (to laugh at in the future!) – we put in a recent copy of Rolling Stone
Pictures of your baby and family members in relevant clothing – we put a small photo album in with the following pictures:
a recent family photo
a photo of them in their first pair of underwear (we started wearing them a few weeks ago)
photos of them playing dress-up this week
a photo of them wearing the onesies they made this week (which are also included in the box)
a photo of them in their favourite pj’s
a picture of them in their bathing suits and water shoes and sunglasses (this summer’s favourite ensemble)
pictures of them with other family members (aunts, grandparents, cousins)
a picture of us the day we made the time-capsule
We also included some items not related to clothing:
a letter from Mommy
some of their recent artwork
certificates of achievement from the summer gymnastics class they just completed
O adds her papers
M adds her papers
Adding their “shirts”
Making sure they’re snug in the box
M adds the photo album
O adds the Rolling Stone magazine
4. Seal the box (very well) – you can make it prettier but since we were wrapping ours, I wasn’t concerned with that
Good ol’ duct tape
Showing how to place tape
Helping mommy with the wrapping
M helps with the tape
5. Add a clear label on the box that says this is a time capsule created on such and such day and is not to be opened until (insert date)
Mr. Y & I decided to open it in 10 years
6. Store in a safe place
I hope you enjoy doing this with your family as much as we did! Leave us a comment to let us know what things you included in your time-capsule.