Monday, February 6, 2012

What starts with the letter N?

We had a lot of fun learning about the letter N. It's exciting seeing Cohen learn new things!

We started by learning about Night. I gave Cohen a sticker sheet and a moon cutout for this craft. It's great for working on fine motor skills, because he had to peel those little stars off the paper. As you can see, some of them tore a little when he pulled them off, but he's learning!

Next we learned about his name and how he got his name. We did a fun Name craft using those foam letters that go in the bathtub. First he had to put his name in order. Cohen is pretty good at spelling his name and he can write all the letters, but he doesn't always get them in the right order. We have a name tag that sits next to his chair everyday, so we used that as a guide to put the letters in order.

Then he used paint to stamp his name on paper.

We worked on writing the letter N. His handwriting is getting much better.

And we did some patterns...we are starting to learn about ABBABB patterns, instead of just ABAB.

Cohen does not love putting together puzzles, but I know puzzles are good for development, so I've found several cute puzzles online that you print and cut. This one is from Confessions of a Homeschooler, and she has one for every letter. Great site for fun preschool worksheets.

We worked on our writing skills.

The last thing we learned about was a Nurse. I gave Cohen 7 bandages, and told him to put 5 on the paper. He had to unwrap them and stick them on the paper. Again, another good motor skill activity, and he had to count too!

Book List:

The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors (Berenstain Bears/Living Lights) by Stan Berenstain, Mike Berenstain and Jan Berenstain
Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss
Good Night, Fred by Rosemary Wells
Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban
Darkness and the Butterfly by Ann Grifalconi
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
Nurse Lugton's Curtain by Virginia Woolf
Doctor Duck and Nurse Swan by Bernard Wiseman

And one more...
Benno and the Night of Broken Glass (Holocaust) by Meg Wiviott
I had no idea what this book was about when I checked it out from the library in LaPlace. I cried when I read it to Cohen. This is a beautiful children's story about a cat that lived in Germany during the Holocaust. It is a great way to teach small children a little bit of history. Cohen asked relevant questions and it didn't scare him at all. If you are Jewish or are looking for a good book to read to explain some of the events of the Holocaust, this would be a great book to look at getting. We loved it!

1 comment:

  1. His handwriting is awesome!! Great motor skill activities.