One thing that I do with Autumn and love love love to do is to play constructively with her. What I mean is I get ideas from other blogs about learning and education and then do something with her other than just reading or letting her entertain herself. My goal is to do these activities several times a week, plus do one artsy/crafty thing a week with her. She is young (17.5 months) so some of these things are very simple. For example, one day we might work on "kicking" a ball (which she still can't do!) or taking a homemade streamer outside and talking about wind. Some are more complicated such as transfering cereal with a spoon from one bowl to another. I would also love to have a themed book focus for each week, but that's not happening yet.
So, why am I writing about this? Well, because some days (weeks) I do better than others and I thought it might help keep me accountable if I have a weekly post about our "goals". I am thinking I can go over the previous's weeks activities and how they went and also write down the next week's planned activities.
SO, for the upcoming week our goals are to:
-Have lots of practice playing with and stacking blocks
-Experiment with sidewalk chalk
-Color with Red, Blue, Yellow Crayons
-Learn to point to the body part "eyebrow" :) (hee hee she may not be able to get this one)
-Learn how to sign the word "dad"
-Drop clothespins into a 2 liter bottle (fine motor skill maybe? I don't know, I just saw the idea somewhere)
-Go to a Pumpkin Patch (this may or may not happen depending on my friend's availability)
-Make stained glass leaves, found here.
-Read, read, read (which is a given and we do every day whether I want to or not! (My child is a bookaholic!)
That's not too much, is it? Some of those are really easy and will only take minutes to do. Plus, I don't work and I only have one child (for now) so I have lots of time to play with her!
I need to figure out what to call these weekly postings. Playtime with the beast? No! Just kidding. Ummm, learning is fun? I feel like I've heard that somewhere before, but surely it's not copyrighted so we'll go with that for now I guess. I guess I'll update on Mondays how the previous week went. Who's excited? Me! :)
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