One mans trash is a little girls treasure. One day while were shopping Sophia found some garbage on the store floor and managed to talk me into bringing it home. She convinced me that she was going to create art with it. It took a lot of convincing on her part because seriously what mom really wants their child picking up garbage that she finds and sticking it in your pocket. But I agreed and I checked the things over she wanted to grab before she grabbed things off the floor.
That first day she came home with a ribbon, rubber band, a piece of a fake flower and a part of a zipper.
She asked for glue and markers and she was off creating garbage art 🙂
Since then she has been collecting all kinds of things to make pictures with: rocks, dead plants, sand, sequins, sticks, wire fencing, etc.
Creating this type of art work is all about the process and I’ve been happy to have her to explore different textures and things. She even insisted on gluing sprinkles on one of her pictures she made for one of her friends at school 🙂
I just don’t know how to physically keep and store any of these creations 😉 Good thing I can take pictures and save them digitally at least.
I just recently discovered this amazing FREE website: Teach Your Monster to Read. I had been hesitating on trying it out since I didn’t want Sophia using my laptop but a wireless mouse was the perfect solution. I set up Sophia’s account which took a few minutes.
You get to pick from 3 different learning levels, which is fantastic. I was so happy we could skip over learning the alphabet sounds portion since Sophia already knows it and would have got bored with it very quickly.
She started on the second level and has been having a blast with it. She has played it several times and has learned about these letter sounds so far: ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee.
She’s also learning and practicing non-decodable words like: he, she, the, to, we, me, be, was, no, go. It is even working on reading comprehension of short sentences.
Here are pictures of few of the different types of games you get to pick from.
I discovered this free print out for a dinosaur matching game, 3 part Montessori cards.
I personally love dinosaurs and was fascinated by them growing up. I wanted to introduce more dinosaurs to my daughter and this was perfect.
Sophia loves to do matching games and this has different options on what to match, which I love and so did she when I introduced this game to her this morning.
All I did was made a free log in for the website Teachers Pay Teachers, link for it here. Then after you log in you can print out the free ones or purchase ones if you wish. They have Spanish card sets as well for free.
I printed them, cut them out and “laminated” them in contact paper.
After a few times of playing by looking for a matching picture Sophia wanted me to ask her to find them by name only, and she would find the two matching pictures. She got most of them right with out me showing which dinosaur I called out.
She loved this game so much that I already have printed out a marsupial and a vegetable set also. I just need to cut and laminate them as well. There is a free template for the three part Montessori cards so you can make your own too if you wish.
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