And here are the details for each activity:
This week I introduced story elements to Miss Madelynn starting with characters. I told Madelynn that usually characters are the people or animals in the story and that they are the ones that a story is mostly about. Then we read The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra Barracca because I knew Madelynn would just fall in love with the characters, especially Maxi the dog. After reading I had Madelynn draw the characters in the story. There are really only 2 main characters (Jim and Maxi) so she was able to easily identify the characters and draw them.
Madelynn loves a good guessing game, so our next book Whose Vehicle is This by Sharon Katz Cooper was a lot of fun! Each page gave clues in both the text and the pictures to help Madelynn guess what the vehicle was and then also who drives that type of vehicle. This was an easy way to introduce making inferences in a very straight forward format.
Our last book was My Ride from our set of Little Red Readers. Madelynn is starting to read easy level A books with patterned text. First, I read the beginning of the sentence, “I went for a ride on a…” and paused, then she read the last word. She did a great job using picture clues to read the words. And by the end of the book she was able to read the sentence by herself.
Our next addition activity was this fun counting box. I filled a tray with our transportation counters, then set out colored number cards for Madelynn to choose from. She used the cards to build a number sentence and model it with the counters. Then using the counters she could count to find out the total. Although she is too young for the abstract concept of addition symbols and equals signs she was able to find the total and read the complete number sentences (4+3=7) to me each time with help.
Car Track Craft:
For this 2 part craft we started out by making lots of paint tracks all over a car outline with our little wheelie cars and tempera paint. After the car was completely covered, we let it dry overnight. The next day I took a black marker and traced over the outline again so it was easier for Madelynn to see and cut. She cut out the car, then used additional paper shapes to add details to her car an build a road scene.
With this bin Madelynn first scooped the beans out onto a tray to build a road, then added the yellow straws for lines. Next she added all of the vehicles driving them around and following the signs. Finally she discovered that the vehicles were also fun and challenging to stack so she tried to see how many she could balance without them falling over.
Salt and Watercolor Ocean Craft:
For this 2 part craft we started out by making glue “waves” all of a sheet of paper with white school glue. Next, Madelynn sprinkled salt on top of the glue then shook off all the excess. Then she used an eye dropper to add watercolor to the page which created a fun experience watching the salt soak up the color as it spread across the page. Then we let the paper “ocean” dry overnight. The next day to finish off her project she glued triangle and semi-circle foam shapes onto the page to create boats.