I will start by listing the activities wingnut did that I did not get a picture of. The first one was the sandpaper globe with the water, land and air cards. For a long time now he has not been able to grasp where air is but this week he started to understand the concept. I don’t have him sort the cards because he just wont do that. Instead, I hold one up and have him point on the globe where the water and land is and in the air above the globe if it is an air card. The next activity that he did was his color tablets. The final activity, that is missing a picture, was his geometric solids. I had the triangular prism, rectangular prism and cylinder out and he matched them to the cards.
Now for the activities I did get a picture of.
Gardening! Everything that I read said you can pick your radishes after a month but that did not turn out to be true. We went out to the garden to pick them but quickly realized that they were too small.
I noticed that wingnut is starting to pay attention to letters in his enviroment. For instance, he saw an ‘e’ in his book and matched it to an ‘e’ in my book. Because of this new interest, I decided to take an idea from What Did We Do All Day. She made letter boxes and leaves them out for her sons to look at. This last week, I have been busy making the letter box ‘a’. The pictures below show some of the stuff that is currently in the box. I also made a whole lot more ‘a’ stuff that are not in these pictures, that way I can rotate things out to prevent boredom. Note: none of the items in these pictures are original. I took them from other generous bloggers who provide free downloads.
In the box there is a magnet and card from an alphabet set I got at Target a long time ago. The pipe cleaner has a few letter ‘a’ beads strung on it. He had fun matching them up to the other ‘a’ items. The red square on the floor is a book about ‘a’.
In this picture he is looking at his I spy book for ‘a’ and ‘b’. A puzzle of the letter ‘a’. His sandpaper letter and a letter ‘a’ lacing card are also on the mat. There is also a letter match card with the wooden clothes line clip but he did not like that one.
This picture is pretty much the same as above except there is now a bag that has miniatures for the letter ‘a’ in it. More about the bag below.
This is a matching game that he liked.
This picture has some of the miniatures and a blue envelope that I made to hold a card with a picture of an astronaut on it.
In this next picture he is using his sandpaper letter.
During the whole time he was using the materials I would use the sandpaper letter and make the sound for ‘a’. By the end he would point to the letter ‘a’ and say the sound. I would consider it a success. Now, twenty five to go. Why does there have to be so many letters? 😛
I also want to mention that my intent with these boxes is to make him aware of letters and their sounds. Since he is so far behind in his speech, I am not currently expecting him to verbaly say the sounds. All I want is for me to say a letter sound and for him to point to the correct letter.
He pulled out his touch tablets that I got from Walk Beside Me. But I think he wanted to just pull them out and then put them back in the container.
He used his geometric presentation tray. He is able to point, when asked, to the correct shape. I found out my in-laws have a scroll saw! I am going to have to practice my wood working skills so that I can make some shapes.
I worked on the brown stair with him in various ways. For some reason he refuses to build the brown stair or the pink tower the correct way. So I tried something new this time. I would show him two or three pieces at the same time and ask which was bigger or the biggest. He would then have to pick the right one and use it to build the tower. This seemed to work and it is teaching him bigger and smaller. Next time I think I will ask which one is the smallest.
He also is using his Lego’s more and without getting frustrated like he used to.
This next picture is extremely rare. I can not believe he has something green in his mouth! But it was short lived. After eating one leaf, he took another one to eat but realized what color it was and spit it out. Then he concluded by saying, “yucky.” [
I made a stereognostic bag for wingnut but after presenting it to him he did not want anything to do with it. I don’t think he is ready for it at the moment so I will pack it away for a month or two and see if things change. Oh, I put in two items that were extremely different to start; that is why there is sponges and picks in the picture 🙂
The fabric I used I received from this great Montessori Swap! The inside pink fabric is from Jo, the host of the swap, who lives in Japan. The linen is from Sabine who lives in Belgium
I had to share this video again because it fits in this post as much as it did in yesterday. Here he is cleaning up after his art project. He is getting so good at this!
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