This week’s theme was shapes.
The first activity was threading pony beads onto a shoe lace. This gave A & J the opportunity to practice their fine motor skills, colors, and patterns. They were first asked to pick 2 colors and put them on the shoelace arranged into a pattern. They did this twice and shared their patterns with each other upon completion. I then allowed them time to simply play with the beads. They thought it was fun to fill the entire shoe lace and compare whose was longer. J couldn’t get the beads on his lace fast enough whereas his sister was putting them on 2 at a time. It was interesting to see their different approaches.
A & J completed a worksheet as a transition activity. The sheets are to practice the alphabet in French. Today was the letter “C comme chien”. They enjoy doing these. They trace the upper and lower case letter, then trace the word, practice writing their names on the back, and color.
Our final activity of the day was a shape collage. I found some buttons that are a variety of shapes at a local craft store. A & J sorted through the buttons and made piles of shapes on their paper. This activity was to learn the names of the shapes in French. They really liked this activity and loved gluing the shapes.
The kids had a great first day of home school. It is so interesting to me to see how different their approaches are to the activities. Not only was in present in the bead activity but also in the way they glued their buttons. It’s so great when I provide them some general rules ie: which shapes they need and that they need to glue them on their paper, then to see how to manipulate the activity. It’s a welcome sight when they are encouraged to do it “their own way”.
This was a great nurturing young minds’ day.