November 13, 2011

M is for M&M's...Mmmmm!

I've been doing Letter of the Week curriculum with JZ for a little while now.  Last week we worked on the letter M.  It was probably his favorite letter so far, because what does M stand for?  M and M's of course!  Using printables from Confessions of a Homeschooler the big boys and I had a lot of fun with the letter M and some tiny, tasty treats.  All the printed pages in the pictures below are from Erica's site and can be downloaded for free.

Among our favorite activities was making a letter M collage with marshmallows and M and M's.  Of course they got to sample a few while gluing.

JZ enjoyed sorting M and M cut outs by size.

JM loves to color, draw and paint.  He always asks me to paint pictures for him on his page.  He is very specific about which colors to use for which drawings.  JZ doesn't seem to enjoy coloring, but he loves to paint.  I'm guessing it is because he can make a mess while painting.  (We use these paints: Crayola Washable Kids Paint)

I recently started using Tot Trays for JM.  Tot Trays are a spin on Montessori activities to expose early learning skills.  During school time when JZ is doing his Letter of the Week work JM joins us for a few of the age appropriate activities.  He also gets a few Tot Trays to choose from with various items.  One tray had Play-Doh and a cookie cutter on it.  One had a muffin pan with mini clothespins inside a few spots.  Another day I gave him a cookie sheet with magnetic letters.  He gets to choose which trays to play with and how to play with them.  The only rule is one tray at a time and put all the items back on the tray when he is done.  He LOVES the trays, and we will be doing this on a regular basis now.

JZ sorted capital and lowercase M's.

I think my favorite part of the week was when JM traced beginning writing sheets.  (They were actually JZ's sheets.  I don't give my two year old worksheets, LOL.)  He came running in to where I was and yelled, "I did it!" while holding up his work for me to see.  He was so proud of himself, and so was I.

Those were just a few of the fun activities we did.  This week we are working on the letter P.  I'm taking a break from preparing the week's school work as I type this.  I have several fun ideas, and I'm excited to see how the boys enjoy them. 

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