Thursday, January 12, 2017

Simple Hand Tracing Activity



Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Activity Time: 20 minutes

Materials: brown paper bag, marker, glue stick



The Process:
Play a hand clapping game to begin or sing 'If You're Happy And You Know It (Clap Your Hands)' if you can't think of any. 'Pat-A-Cake' is also a wonderful game for your preschooler. Teo and I sang 'If You're Happy And You Know It' by Super Simple Songs.


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Talk about what hands can do. Let your child demonstrate what he can do like clapping and shaking or picking up things. You can also try describing how hands do things; gently, carefully or slowly. And what they can do; helping, comforting and encouraging (thumbs up sign!)

While tracing Teo's hands, I told him how his hands helped Tatay (Dad) sweep the front yard. 'Helpful hands!' And that he is now able to use his spoon and fork while eating. I told him that he amazes me because he can do so many things now.


Teos hands were a bit wiggly. I guess he felt ticklish and he would move his fingers about. You could hold your child's hand firmly, but gently so his fingers won't wiggle.



At this point, we moved on to another activity so that I could cut out the traced hands in peace!

I invited Teo to work on play dough for a moment and he willingly obliged. After all, its play dough.

After cutting, I invited him back to the activity. This time, to glue the hand on a piece of colored paper. You may choose any color. We recalled the things we talked about earlier. Teo does not like to be quizzed, like some children I have worked with before. So I just said "Teo's hand can help." And he named all the other things we talked about.



Even during my days as a preschool classroom teacher, I preferred to use glue sticks over any other kind of glue. Its easier for toddlers and preschoolers to manipulate. 


After, I wrote his name on top of the page with a marker. This is one way to show your child the letters of his name; and model writing as well. I will soon post about learning the letters of my name. I also wrote 'My hands.' at the bottom part. 

And that's it! I hope you'll have as much fun as we did. 



Here are more ideas you could do for the theme 'HANDS'

FINGER PAINTING - Your child can use their hands (and elbows) to paint too! This activity is messy, you may want to prepare ahead for this one. You can use the paint to make hand prints as well.

PLAY DOUGH - I use this recipe to make our own batch. You can download some play dough mats here. While you play with your child, you can label all the things your child's hands are doing like squishing, pounding, rolling, pinching and patting. This activity will help strengthen your child's finger muscles 9 fine motor development)



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Parts Of The Face Pasting Activity


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Activity Time: 15 minutes

Its best to cut the shapes (parts of the face) before inviting your child to do the activity. Watch this video tutorial on how to easily cut these shapes without a template.

Materials: mirror, large brown paper bag, black, red and beige construction paper, glue stick and scissors

The Process:
Invite your child to look into a small mirror. Ask him to point out the parts of his face. You may ask "Where is your nose?" or if he can already say the names of each part, ask, "What are these?" (eyes). Point out where the parts are located also. "Your mouth is above your chin." And if you both know a song about the parts of the face, sing too! We sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes' by Super Simple Songs because there's a part for parts of the face too.


Then present the materials to your child. Tell him that you will be making a face. Start by showing the circle. You may say; "This will be the face, let's put the parts!"


Allow your child to pick from the container and guess where it goes. You may opt to ask you child to arrange the parts first before you proceed to paste the shapes.

Oh do remember that it doesn't matter if the ears, nose  and eyes are a little lopsided. We were just lucky that Teo was able to put the parts well. We actually practiced arranging them correctly first before pasting.


Point to the different parts of the face, or ask your child to name them - if they're still up to it. Teo just ran away from the table after, haha! He helped clean up after though.

Praise your child for his effort and for 'working really hard on the activity' and not for the finished product. Remember, the process is more important.

That's it! Don't forget to have fun!







Monday, January 9, 2017

Let's Homeschool Preschool




Hello Moms (and Dads) of toddlers and Preschoolers!

Please join us and our tot as we Home school Preschool.

If you're seriously considering homeschooling your child, like me; this may be a good way to test the waters. There are lots of classes out there for parents who wish to learn more about homeschooling. I will share some of them as we go on. 

This January, we will be talking about the parts of the body and what they can do, daily routines, feelings and the things that we like.

The tot and I had many battles lately, because of his growing independence. So we will focus more on daily routines and all the things he can independently do already. My goal is to lessen the battles, encourage independence and 

While you may have your Preschooler's cooperation already, they still might get upset sometimes because of frustration from not being able to accomplish some tasks. Reminding them of what they can already do and talking about how they feel after completing a task and working hard on it would definitely make life easier for your preschooler.

I'd like to share with you first, my lesson plan. Its more of a chart and sort of a web. I decided to leave lots of spaces on the layout because I prefer using a pen to write. I'll be using the green squares to write in new ideas or concepts or questions that might arise during our 'discoveries'. The red rectangles are for language and literacy activities. While the yellow rectangles are for STEM activities.
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You can download a copy for yourself -FREE and fill it in yourself. You can also follow me on my Facebook page to see what activities we have done. I usually don't plan much and oftentimes prepare an activity the night before. So check in frequently to see what we have been doing. I would also love to see what you guys are doing, you may share some ideas too, or some thoughts about home schooling or parenting. Let's talk about it! There's always something new to learn.



I will also be sharing with you the printables we will be using. So to make sure you read my posts as they are published, you may click the 'FOLLOW' button located at the side bar. You will be notified via email whenever I have a new post. 


Meanwhile, you may also check out the FREE PRINTABLES page.

I have lots of Pinterest pins about  this theme too! 

I'm so excited to this with you! 

Activities for this theme:

Parts of The Face Pasting Activity

*check back on this post for additional activities!









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