Beads & Color Sorting

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This morning we played with beads. First we did apple tree color sorting. Zoey would pick a bead from the bowl, tell me the color, and then put it on the correct tree.

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I would have her say the color either loudly, quietly, in a funny voice, like Mr. Bear, or like a baby. She really liked that. Before this she had never enjoyed a color sorting activity enough to finish the whole thing! Then she made necklaces, putting the beads on the matching colored string. There was one for each of us 🙂

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Letter Writing Station

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Today we set up a letter writing station at the dining room table, inspired by a post by The Measured Mom. Zoey made the letter Z in five different ways: in shaving cream, in sand, with stickers, with pencils, and on paper with crayon. Her favorites were the sand and the shaving cream!

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With some help from me (i.e. rearranging a few of the stars after she’d placed them), Zoey formed a Z with the stickers I set out for her.

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I constructed a Z with three Sharpies to demonstrate what she was to do with the pencils. I could tell she understood the concept, but hers formed three sized of a square instead of a Z. I rearranged the middle pencil for her to make the Z. She didn’t want to try making it again herself.
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Zoey had the most difficulty writing Z with a crayon. I had three worksheets for her to do but she only wanted do the first two. She needed demonstration for both but then she understood. She needs to work on not curving the bottom corner of her Z so that it doesn’t look like a backwards S.  

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After she going through the letter-writing station once, Zoey continued to make letters and pictures in the sand and the shaving cream.