We stuck with the letter "M" again this week and re-read "Library Mouse" by Daniel Kirk. Jillian really likes this book, so I chose it to do a stArt (A Story + Art = A Great StArt!) project. The book is about a mouse named Sam who lives in a library. He writes little books and puts them on the shelves, attracting the attention of the librarians and children, who want to meet him. He makes blank little books for the children to write their own books, and sets up a meet the author display that has a key feature of a mirror, to show children that they can all be authors too!
I took some printer paper, cut it in half, and stapled it together to form a small, blank book, and had Jillian "author" her own book. She enjoyed it so much that later in the week I made another blank book for her!
We did some Valentine's Day painting (i.e. with red, pink, and white). I had high aspirations of cutting heart shapes out of her paintings and making valentines, but we didn't quite make it that far.
She's a very enthusiastic painter.
I cut some heart shapes out of a sponge for her to try sponge painting, but she wasn't so into that.
What she was into was marble painting again.
I remember seeing on someone's blog playing with the game Connect Four (I forget which blog, though!). I pulled it out to let Jillian play with it and try some sorting by color and making patterns. She quickly lost interest and just wanted to get the pieces out of the grid.
Then it snowed again. UGH!!
Yesterday I pulled out some of our foam sheets and stickers and Jillian made some pictures that were more spring-like. Because we are SO ready for spring!
While we were out late in the week, I picked up some pipe cleaners and wooden beads for her to try stringing. She did really good with this; I wasn't sure how good her fine motor skills were, but apparently they're pretty awesome!
This week we're moving on to the letter "N" and I hope to work with Jillian on her name and numbers!! Visit 1+1+1=1 for some awesome Tot School ideas from other moms!!