I’ll be honest that I’ve been better at creating these plans than actually completing some of them, but that’s ok! I still like to have some “go-to” ideas to keep us busy and somewhat focused. I’m starting to feel the need for a little more structure, so over the summer, I might completely revamp my planning style, but for now, I press on with themes.
“The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
I want to really write this one on my heart as well because I’ve been praying that God would help me to have more of a love for His word. I know that it’s living and active (Hebrews 4:12) and necessary for my life, and I want to inspire a love for God’s word in the girls, too!
Baby Loves Spring! – continued from last month
Alphabooks – Fairley loves these!
We found a few other books at the library that we really like, so we’ll keep using those! We just read a lot! Our books don’t usually always fit the theme yet.
Color Focus: Blue
-We might take a blue bath with blue water and blue toys! – The weather got so nice that we didn’t need to spend as much time indoors, so we missed this activity. I’m sure there will be another time for it!
-We will also do a lot of color mixing. I bought an eye dropper so the girls could color mix more with it (something they can manipulate themselves.) – We did do a bit of mixing. We used an eye dropper and ice cube trays. Emma could almost manipulate the dropper herself.)
-We also painted blue circles with a circle sponge on a stick.
Shape Focus: Circle
–Food Container Prints with Circular Containers – We tried this, but the girls didn’t love it, which surprised me!
(This book, by the way, is awesome. It’s a free Google Book with lots of amazing ideas for toddlers!)
-Sticker Art with dot stickers – We used our circle stickers from Trader Joe’s.
Letter Focus: Ff – We don’t usually do a whole lot with the letter yet, but Fairley likes to make this sound (and it’s “her” letter), so we’ll go with it!
E enjoyed all of these!
Music: Grooveshark Playlist – This will be a work in progress…same list as last month’s.
-Tiny Tim (Turtle Song)
-Parts of a Plant (by Dr. Jean)
-Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
-Itsy Bitsy Spider
-If You’re Happy and You Know It!
-We also love “The Wheels on the Bus”
-Continue with dress up – Fairley left a green wig on for about thirty minutes one day. She’s so silly!
-Babies and bottles – They love this!!
-Felt Spring Scene – I need to add something to spruce this up a bit…I think the girls are getting bored with it!
(I didn’t add to it, and they are bored with it. Time for a change!)
–Here are some great ideas for flower art projects (Mother’s Day)
I think we will definitely do the coffee filter flowers. – Check!
-Coloring Flowers (using carnations, water/food dye) – We did this yesterday, and our flowers are starting to show some blue now!
–Bird Seed Sensory Bin – I just changed up the contents without changing up the sensory material. (Bird seed was expensive in the city!)
Math and Motor Skills:
-Matching- Mother’s Day Purse – I might try to adapt this activity somehow. – Next year! They did love digging in my makeup bag, though!)
-I love this activity for one-to-one correspondence, but it’s too advanced. I’m listing it so I’ll remember it for later!
-Muffin tin one-to-one correspondence – Looking for a manipulative to make this really fun! Thinking about ping pong balls since they’ll fit just right, but would also love a manipulative to fit the theme! – Ping pong balls were so fun!
–Flower Snack (and also some great ideas for flower-themed unit)
-Maybe we will make our own mini pizzas with mini pepperonis to celebrate the circle. – next month
-Blue jello and goldfish? – next month
Field Trip: Going to a community garden to see more flowers! – Fairley, Freeman, and I went, but most of the tulips were out of bloom. 🙁
Service Project: Tot Visit at the nursing home (2 x a month) – One of our favorite outings!