Thursday, 31 March 2011
Friday, 25 March 2011
In aid of the Japanese earthquake disaster and in cooperation with Jo at A bit of this and a bit of that, I am organising a raffle on this blog.
The prize is a pack of three handmade Early Reading and Writing materials:
1. A sandpaper name flip book. This material is used to teach children to recognise and write their name. The flip pages mean that you can isolate each letter to teach it. I used Montessori colour coding, except that I got it wrong for the one pictured. Your one will have red consonnants and blue vowels, unless you use different colours and you let me know. I will use the name that you communicate to me.
For a chance to win this Early Reading and Writing Pack, you need to make a donation of £5 to GlobalGiving, come back to this post and leave a comment with your receipt number and a valid email address. For more chances to win, you need to make another £5 donation and leave another comment. If you want to donate £10, you will need to do two £5 donations so as to get two receipt numbers and be entered twice. You can enter as many times as you like.
If you make a mistake or forget to add your email address, please delete the first post and re-write it.
Anybody can enter, I will ship worldwide.
The winner will be drawn using a random number generator.
This raffle will close on Sunday 3rd April, 18:00 GMT.
The raffle being held on this blog is in cooperation with A Bit of This and A Bit of That. We are in no way affiliated with Global Giving, that's just our chosen method of getting funds safely to the affected area.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Inspired by Montessori materials but dejected by their price, I decided to try and make something myself. I made a knob puzzle with six circles of graded diameters. I used the saw blades I had and consequently I wasn't able to use diameters with an equal difference, which means that this material isn't as mathematical as I would have liked it to be, but it still appeals to toddlers.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
He really liked it and immediately redeemed his "snack" one. He asked if I could make him another snack voucher afterwards because he was still hungry.
Our "art jar" is not only about art. It also disguises some writing activities since it is a perpetual challenge to convince Alex to practice handwriting. Some of the writing activities were found in The Write Start by Jennifer Hallissy, which is an amazing book with tons of ideas to encourage writing:
- writing your favourite menu
- making a voucher book for someone
- writing clues for a treasure hunt
- writing a card to someone
- making a doorknob sign
I can't remember most of them now but do check this book if you know a reluctant writer in need of help.
We also got a new easel, the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Art easel, which is great. It has three positions to accomodate the children's size, a chalkboard on one side, a dry erase marker board on the other and a roll of paper down the middle that can be pulled over the top for painting. I made them the Petit Artiste Art Smock from Sew Liberated which they like pulling over their heads independently.
More photos of their art to come!
To encourage Alex to practise writing, I showed him how to write a simple note, put it in an enveloppe and post it in a felt letterbox. We took turns writing secret messages to each other, and he loved it so much he didn't want to stop! He wrote random letters, posted the notes and asked me to read them aloud when I "opened my mail". It is always funny when you can't even pronounce a word or it is a very silly and nonsense word!