“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” –Hebrews 11:1
Bebop’s favorite assignment again this week was making his verse strip and measuring everything in the room.
Reading and Writing
After reading about the duckbill platypus in Eric Carle’s Animals Animals, we made puppets using this pattern. Magoo was very excited to work with his brother.
I introduce our world map to Bebop this week. He can find where we live and where a few family members live by himself. We also looked up the countries mentioned in all our stories this week. Bebop was very interested in all the different parts of the map, so we are starting to work on continent and ocean names.
After reading all our Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes for the week, Bebop and I picked Buckle My Shoe to memorize. I’m pretty sure he already knew this one from another book we have, but he loved to sing it all week anyway.
Science and Math
I introduced a counting sequence as outlined in Montessori at Home. After working with Bebop for a few days, I have made different number mats than the ones pictured and some additional printouts to help reinforce number recognition and counting. We are alternating using coins and unifix cubes to count. I have Bebop lay them out in pairs so he can visually see odd and even. After practicing all week, he has a pretty good grasp of the concept. For week 3, I will introduce 1 dime = 10 pennies as we continue counting a few numbers each day. We will also be starting word problems in week 3.
I’ve been trying to find ways to include Bebop in food preparation. This week he asked to wash the grapes when we got home from the grocery store. He’s seen me do it enough time that I didn’t even have to give instructions. After washing, Bebop dried off the grapes, put them in a large mason jar, and put it away in the fridge. The little man has found himself a new chore!
Developmental and Readiness Skills
This lacing chick was originally one of Magoo’s tot tray activities, but Bebop asked to do it almost every day. Bebop has been reluctant to do anything to develop his fine motor muscles, so it was nice to see him choose sewing practice. He has also recently asked me to teach him to knit, and I think he may be ready for the basics.