Now that summer is here and S is home more, I am in the process of getting more organized with home learning activities. S's baby brother, M (Has he even been mentioned here yet? Poor second born!) is now 8 months old and so I have been wanting to include him in our activities. A great way to teach multi-age kids is to use themes.
While I have always used themes to organize our activities in the past and probably will return to them when school begins, I decided to try something different during the summer because I felt like it might be a good fit for both boys at this point. We are going to have a "focus word" each week.
This week's word is DOG. M is playing with dog toys (ones meant for children, not dogs), is seeing lots of photographs and illustrations of dogs from books, and is learning the sign for dog.
S on the other hand has shown lots of interest in reading lately ("How do you spell ______?" "What does __-__-__ spell?"). Since he loves identifying initial letter sounds and is so interested in learning how to read, I am going with it even though he's still very young. This could be a passing phase and my plan is abandoned mid-summer, but so far it's working well and S is loving "learning to read."
Since our focus word is dog, we have been doing activities using the -og word family:
- made an -og flip book
- played the -og game on Starfall
- spelled -og words using Pringles lids, magnet letters, tub letters, letter tiles, linking cubes, etc...
- used our Spinny Speller to make -og words
- read Jog Frog Jog
We have also been reading lots of books about dogs and frogs and finding the word dog and frog in them:
Other focus words I plan to use this summer (though they may change) are fan, hat, dad, pig, hot, bug, nap, and car. I chose these because they are good baby signs and also lend themselves to CVC word family words. I also like this site for word family printable books and this site for nursery rhymes, but didn't use them this week as there is no -og.
We also used our old dog carrier to set up a vet center for S (and M) to pretend with. I also plan to do some math activities later in the week using little dog counters, and still need to come up with a dog craft.