(I am late in posting pictures. We did these activities the week before Christmas.)
The unofficial theme for the week was jealously. The was the first week of school in which Magoo did not nap. I had a plan in place to keep Magoo occupied (its written about in Magoo’s tot school post). My plan worked for Magoo, but Bebop only wanted to do what his little brother was doing! He threw an absolute fit about doing any of his own work, with the exception of drawing pictures. I postponed all the planned activities that did not include Magoo, and we spent most of the week exploring with manipulatives. It turned out to be a wonderful week watching my two boys play together.
I introduced the idea of a pattern book to Bebop a few weeks ago. The plan is to create different pattern each week and document it on a strip of card stock. The strips are kept together using a ring and kept on a hook over Bebop’s desk. Bebop was so excited about making these that we did two different pattern strips this week. We used all our previous pattern strips as templates to recreate patterns using the different objects in the sensory bin. Bebop also helped me “teach” colors and shapes to Magoo as we sorted through the box.
Bebop looks forward to his regular play dates with A & J, his two best friends. This week we made Christmas tree paintings using foot prints. Magoo loved painting with his feet but was not interested in painting with his fingers, so I finished his tree for him. The three big boys had almost as much fun painting the ornaments as they did making the footprints. I was expecting this project to be a huge mess, but it was surprisingly tidy. I hope to make new trees each year as the boys feet grow.
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