This week my resolve was *slightly* weakened due to an exhausting busy schedule, and it is very clear to me why most parents are willing to pay $150/hour for specialized tutoring rather than doing it themselves... it's really not because the work is SO difficult... or that they don't have the time to do it, it's just that it is a lot of work, and requires a LOT of patience, and repetition!
So on to our week 2 activities!
Day 1 of week 2:
We played a VERY simple new game that I learned at an early childhood class I took last week. I spy with letters. We had a free printable "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" Tree, a toilet paper tube that was decorated with construction paper and letter stickers, and a marker. In school, K is working on using the correct sentence structure "I (want/like/have)..." instead of saying "Me (want/like/have/see/hear/etc)..." so we played "I Spy the Letter __" then once she found the letter, she would color it and tell me a few words that begin with that sound. She LOVED this game. Like I've said before, she enjoys phonics, so maybe kids who are reading-averse wouldn't have so much fun with it.
Due to the success of the tree idea, I painted a tree on an old cookie dough tray and used our letter magnets. I made up a little rhyme that went like this: "Chicka Chicka, Boom Boom, Uh oh! There is not enough room! Letter ___ wants off the tree, Where can the letter ___ Be?"
Day 3: I didn't take a picture of this one because it wasn't all that interesting! I just found some easy to read beginner books that you could print online. I printed one called The Snowman. K practiced reading it and then we colored it together.
Day 4: Although technically we didn't do "table" work on this day, we went to the Minnesota Children's Museum in St Paul, and it was AMAZING! They had a special Dora and Diego exhibit and the kids *LOVED* it. We had so much fun, and learned SO much. There were tons of counting opportunities, reading opportunities, social interaction opportunities, science discovery areas. But K's favorite was an interactive Animal Rescue Center.
Days 5 & 6 we focused on math. She had a really rough time with math at school this week, and actually missed two recesses because of her refusal to go into the math classroom. Really not fun :(
So Day 5:
I probably wouldn't even be working on addition with her, except that she's working on addition in school and I know that it's a source of frustration for her, so I wanted to see if I could help with it at all. We used pegs, which I LOVE. Then, I cut out numbers 1-10, and switched them out to create easy math problems for her. I'm hoping that the concrete objects will help solidify the concept of addition for her. A lot of special education math programs use manipulatives to teach math concepts instead of using just worksheets.
Bring on this week!