My 2 yr old has really started talking more, more interested in signing and a little better at sitting still. So, after much thought, I’ve decided it’s time to start doing more structured school time with her this spring semester. And it worked out well theme-wise because my Kindergartener’s first week is a similar theme so we did a lot of joint activities. H really wants to do all the “fun” things that K is doing, so I’m hoping their themes will continue to match a little so I can reinforce both of their learning with each other’s activities and books.
This week we started rowing (FIAR) How to Make An Apple Pie and See the World for H’s school. So K’s apples for A worked well with it!
I started off introducing the letter A with a printout from 1+1+1=1.
I tried to let her only color with red crayons (she wasn’t happy about that) so that we can tie in red with our lessons, too.
I got her to say “A” and to attempt to say “apple.” She got the apple sign down really well though!
We played with play doh and “a” cookie cutters, and made play doh apples for our tree (printable and laminated pages).
Next we played with little red apples. H hid the apples for her around the room and then K went around and collected apples with her basket. H wanted in on the fun, too, so K and I hid apples for her next.
Then we did some apple tasting. My goal is to try to have them taste a different type of apple every day.
The cashier at Walmart thought it was interesting that I had one of each kind of apple. Lol. Today we ate a gala apple.
We sang an Apple song to the tune of B-I-N-G-O. K hummed and danced along. And we finished up by reading:
We started out by reading more of Ten Apples Up On Top. Then we practiced stacking “apples”:
I found this idea online somewhere (I’m really bad at remembering my sources! Sorry!). I used images from a google search to print out the 3 animals and had the girls color them. H painted the upside down side of a cardboard egg carton (yesterday) and then I cut them out. The container is an empty oatmeal container. I taped construction paper on it and H glued the animals on. I also poked skewers into the lid and prepoked holes into the “apples” for K to be able to stack more easily.
Next, we tasted another apple. This time H chose a Granny Smith. They each ate a small slice and didn’t seem to like it much because of how sour it was. So I used that excuse to break out some yummy things to dip them in (melted chocolate, marshmallow fluff, peanut butter and melted caramels). The apples were gone in no time!
K colored another “A” page. I tried to get her to trace the “a”s, to point out the apples and then to color them. We practiced saying a, apple and signing “apple” some more.
Then I gave K some little green apples to add to the red ones from yesterday.
H again hid the apples for K find again. Only this time she decided to hide the green ones for me and red ones for K. After that, I hid the green ones for H and the red ones for K. K gets so excited when she finds one! After that I tried to get K to sort the apples by color. She seemed to get it, but it didn’t hold her attention for long.
Today we looked at her A paper and traced it with our fingers (me holding hers then she insisted on doing it while holding mine. Lol). I had her point out the apples on the A’s and to say “a” and do the apple sign.
We made apple muffins and chocolate ones, too, because H begged for them. The girls both did really well helping to mix the ingredients.
The apple muffins were delicious! I found the recipe in the “A is for Apple” packet I downloaded from a website. I’ll try to post the link when I find it.
Then K put stickers over the “a”s on the apple. She did really well for her first time. I’m going to try to find clear ones like I’ve seen other bloggers mention.
Today we played with play doh again (although her attention span isn’t very long with it). We stamped the a’s, made apples for the trees and then made teeth for the alligator (ok, I know it says crocodile, but I changed it to fit the A theme).
Later that day we pulled out the paint and experimented with stamping the a’s, making an apple tree (finger prints are the apples), and then just getting messy.
We read a book about apples and I had her point out some apples, the trees and the seeds. She had fun pointing and doing the apple signs.
(Well I had a number of things written out here and after I published the post I found out that it all got deleted. I don’t remember all I had written, so I’ll probably miss some of what I wrote. Bummer.)
Today we had an apple pie party since big sis requested one to go with her book study. And since it was the 100th day of school we had all kinds of fun! The girls colored 100 sunglasses:
I made 100 out of mini chocolate chips for each of them, which they quickly gobbled up!
We made apple stained glass type decorations:
K helped us make the pie for the party:
We had apple sandwiches for lunch (apple slices with peanut butter, marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips inbetween):
K was napping during the apple pie party but she got the enjoy the decorations and apple pie afterwards.
K loved the apple pie we made. She even requested seconds and thirds!
She also enjoyed playing with the apple pie playdoh we made. It smells so wonderful! Here’s the play pie H made for the party with the playdoh:
Sometime during the day I let her dissect the middle of the apples (left from the pies and apple sandwiches). She had fun picking out the seeds and even started clearly saying “seed!”
We glued the seeds onto a foam “A” I cut out. It now hangs on her wall by her bed (I plan to make a letter to hang each week).
We also finished up the worksheets from 1+1+1=1. She painted with q-tips to fill in the a’s (with some help).
And we used apple seed pictures 1&2 to practice counting. We put chocolate chips where the seeds were and I counted each one before she ate them. I wasn’t always quick enough though! Then I punched out the holes And used a green pipe cleaner for a worm. We made the worm crawl in and out of the apples. She had fun with that!
Next we’re studying K! I’ll explain in that post why we’re doing the letters out of order.