Lest you think that it was a perfect day - even though I had things planned, this is what really happened:
Once he was started on tracing the shapes, I left him alone to concentrate. Back at my post of loading the dishwaher, I looked up b.c I heard, "BAM! Pow! Yeah!"
He was throwing the pencils at the paper; cheering wildly when the pencil pierced the paper.
That's when I joined him with the starfish basket. I tried to coerce him to color over the sandpaper. He scoffed. I went back to laundry.
Minutes later I came outside to hang wet things on the line Here's what he was doing:
Finally, this is a project I've been working on for a while. I've laminated different pictures from old magazines on 3x5 cards and plan to use them for multiple learning opportunities. On the back of each card I've written the name in block letters. He was able to identify all the cards except otter and eagle. When I flipped over the card, we worked on sounded out the word. We also had a short lesson on the difference between snowmen and snowman.
Can you tell what he's doing above? Throwing rocks into the paper. They made a louder sound and also BIGGER holes.
Why do I plan things?
On his own accord, he made a cup of soapy water and found his paint brushes. I tried to get him to make a s on the patio tile. He tried...once. Then decided to write his name. He wrote it backwards...well, sort of. He wrote JOHN but from right to left instead of left to right.
We compromised by letting me write his name in chalk then he got to destroy my creation (oops, did I just write that?) and paint over my chalk. At least he was practicing.
This (below) was the favorite morning activity. I knew it would be, because he got to play in the sink. First I explained the terminology of float vs sink. He's quite familiar with the words b.c he's bee taking swimming lessons. We sounded out the words together and I showed him how the word "float" was on top of the water (on the post-it note)...etc. Then I put the "float" post it on the left of the sink, and the "sink" on the right. I asked him to guess if things would float or sink before putting them in the water - but every single time he said, "I don't know." However, he was able to place the object in the proper location after the experiment.After lunch we did two more trays. First we talked about seasons -which is a difficult concept to grasp when you live in the desert! We read 4 books from the library (one on each season) and used a free download from Montessori for Everyone - that I saved to my hardrive a while back. I can't find it on her site anymore but there are plenty of other free downloads for seasons here.
And, he sorted the pictures in 3 piles: animals, food, and other. Then we pulled out the pictures of things that began with s.
It's been a relatively good day. There are a few more tricks up my sleeve this week.