The last two weeks have been full of penguin fun! We started out 2018 with all kinds of arctic animal learning and playing! Macie Jane learned a new sight word, “it.” I always love when the sight words are easy to sound out. I wonder if your little had as much fun sounding out the word “it” as we did? I hope so! That tell-tale I’m-so-proud smile is one of the best things! It thrilled my heart to see her beam with excitement reading a word! I know it did the same for yours! Sadie (3) isn’t doing sight words yet but she had her moments beaming with pride this week too! I think the shape penguins were her most favorite! Feeling extra proud of her shape identification skills! 🙂 What were your little celebrations and victories in the penguin unit? Whether they’re big, hard things you’ve been working through or tiny victories I think it’s super important to really celebrate growth! Keep the learning positive and focus on the good! 🙂
As far as favorite activity goes the jury is still out. Both girls LOVED the letter snow tray and I loved that clean up was as simple as running the vacuum. 🙂 I filled a shallow container with epsom salt and the girls used their fingers to draw letters (Macie Jane) or make shapes (Sadie) Aren’t sensory activities so much fun!? The other favorite was easily the Roll-a-Shape activity! This one both girls really got in to. Sadie had fun recognizing shapes (and throwing the cube- haha!) while Macie Jane really enjoyed graphing out the information. They would take turns tossing the cube, recognize the shape on top, and then add a stamp the chart for each shape rolled.
The instinctively of a competitive nature is just so funny to me! Macie Jane exclaimed as we rolled and played which shapes were “winning” and which didn’t have any stamps or had very few. 🙂
Shape penguins were a lot of fun too! I got a lot of really funny messages and emails from y’all about the directions on this one. 🙂 I’m updating the unit with example pictures for all future uses. Drop me an email if you purchased the unit and want the updated version. 🙂 email@example.com
This afternoon we wrapped up the unit with a little shaving cream play and a really great STEM activity! We harvested ice from a bowl using salt and string! I’m not sure how much salt we have left in the house but the girls had so much fun trying to get the ice to stick to the string!
We read lots of both fiction and non-fiction stories in this unit and if the weather permits (it’s been crazy cold here) we’re planning to visit the zoo soon to see the penguins play! 🙂 What was your favorite part of the unit? I always love hearing from you! I hope you’ll join us next week as we jump into our next unit on Winter! Click the button below to see a preview of the unit and find a book list if you want to get some of the books on hold at your local library. 🙂
An interactive, fun-filled unit themed all about winter! Almost 30 full color pages focusing on skills such as literacy, numeracy, geometry, speech, rhyming, motor skills, STEM, and much more! Required resources are minimal. Accommodations for support or enrichment are included in the activity descriptions. This unit includes a BONUS activity to make your own- use it to review letters, numbers, shapes, colors or anything you can imagine!