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Creepy Crawlies Counting Cards

Creepy Crawly Counting Cards

We've been working on numbers and quantities. Luci adores stickers, so I made these counting cards for her to help with understanding quantities. 

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Super easy to use: Print (on cardstock, if you have it). Color. Sticker. Use. 

We made ours into a little book because Luci also loves making little books! You can feel the love, right?

Counting Cards from Walking by the Way

Are you working on quantities with your preschooler or student with special needs? 

Here is one of our other favorite resources: Lauri Toys Number Puzzle Boards and Pegs

Lauri Number Puzzle Board

Bibliovores: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years Discussion Guide

Our fourth book for our Bibliovores Class was Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field. 

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Pass out small papers and let students write one of the following on the paper: love it, like it, hate it. Collect and tally the vote on the board. Voting with the papers allows shy students to stay anonymous and yet give their true opinions.

Antiques
I asked each student to bring in an antique item to discuss. This was kind of like a big kid Show and Tell time. 

Read Web Information
We looked at the Hitty Preble website and read together about the original Hitty. It was fun for students to see a photo of her and to learn that she was only 6 inches tall.

Discussion Questions
1. Hitty seems so human, but she isn't. Make a chart with two columns and list how she seems human on one side and how she is truly just a doll on the other. 

2. Discuss the island. How do things change when people are simply trying to survive? What things in our culture do we think are extremely important but really aren't?

3. Discuss the author's use of dialect* and how dialect makes the various characters believable/authentic. Who is represented in these examples below?

  • "No matter what 'tis. D'you understand?"
     
  • "Bud you can go," he told her . . . "I vill take you mit me."
     
  • "I is gwine to tell you one thing sure an' dat is if yo breaks de eight' commandment dat says: 'Thou shalt not steal,' you is gwine to be berry sorry. Some ob you, my breather, has done broke it already." 

Sometimes dialect is hard to read in your head and you have to just bite the bullet and read it aloud. 

Dialect is the language used by the people of a specific area or class. It involves the spelling, sounds, grammar, and pronunicated used by a particular group of people and distinguishes them from other people. 

4. Discuss the Newbery Medal. Tell students to put this information in the back of their brains as we will be reading a few more Newbery books and evaluating them as to whether or not they deserved this distinguished award.

The Newbery Medal was named for 18th century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awareded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, to the author of the most distinguisehd contribution to American literature for children. 

5. What changed over the course of Hitty's hundred years of life? (fashion, manners, transportation, photography, etc.). Give specific examples from the book as well as any you know from history (time period is 1820-1920). What do you think will change in the next hundred years? I showed my students this video of cutting edge technology and we discussed. 

Writers BE Inspired!

  • Write a story and use dialect in your character's dialogue. 
  • Go to an antique shop, choose something super unique to purchase. Write a story about that item's life.

Readers BE Inspired!

Learners BE Inspired

This book lends itself to learning about SO many other people, places, and events: John Greenleaf Whittier, Charles Dickens, Adelina Patti, Quakers, The Civil War, and more!

Bibliovores Book Discussion Class (Homeschool Cooperative)

Picture Timeline (for Child Who Needs High Structure)

Create a Picture Timeline for a Child Who Needs High Structure

Children who have lived in institutions need high structure. 

And I am very, very random. That means I am not great at structure. 

But now I have a daughter who has been told her entire life what would come next, what to do next. She knew what would happen next. Every day. Our first few days home she didn't know what to do. 

Couple that with my random. Terrifying.

After brainstorming and discussing some coming-home-issues with another mom who has also adopted recently, I decided to try a picture timeline for Luci.

First, I took photos of everything that I wanted on her timeline (personal hygeine, chores, meals, and activities). Then I printed them.

Picture Timeline (a schedule for pre-readers)

I laminated them with my handy-dandy laminator (that I've had for 7 years now!).

Picture Timeline (a schedule for pre-readers)

I cut them apart and added magnet to the back of each one.

Picture Timeline (a schedule for pre-readers)

Every morning, I stick the activities to the front of the refrigerator in the order that Luci needs to do them.

Picture Timeline (a schedule for pre-readers)

Hopefully, as time goes on, Luci will be able to help me structure her day. But for right now, it's something that she needs me to do for her. We've been using the timeline for over a month, and things have gone better than I anticipated. 

It is good for her to be able to see her day in pictures. And it is good for me to be able to change things each day. I will say that I still do a lot of micromanaging, but it's less than it was before the timeline. I can also tell that my girl feels safer knowing what's coming next.

Feel free to ask me questions as I know I haven't covered everything in this short post. I am adding activity examples below so you can grab and snag some ideas, if you so desire.

Things Done Daily

  • Make Bed
     
  • Get Dressed
     
  • Eat Breakfast/Lunch
     
  • Brush Teeth
     
  • 3 Books with Simon
     
  • 4 Books with Elijah
     
  • 5 Books with Mom
     
  • Puzzles
     
  • 1 Chore
     
  • 1 Learning Video

*other activities (see ideas below)


Puzzles
I have cards with various numbers on them: 1 Puzzle, 2 Puzzles, etc. She looks at the card and then gets to go to the puzzle cabinet and choose the puzzles she'd like to do.

A few puzzles have their own special card and are not kept in the puzzle cabinet.

Chores

  • Match Socks
     
  • Fold Towels
     
  • Help Mom Cook


Sensory & Art Activities

  • Play-doh
     
  • Colored Rice
     
  • Paint a Picture (this can be fingerpaint or watercolors)
     
  • Shaving Cream
     
  • Choose and Draw an Animal from I Can Draw Animals
     
  • Stickers 
     
  • Coloring (she can choose any coloring book she wants)

Learning Activities

Activities for Preschool

Free Play Activities

  • Dolls
     
  • Kitchen
     
  • Kid K'nex Blocks
     
  • Duplo/LEGO
     
  • Go to the Park
     
  • Sandbox Play

Timeline for Preschoolers


Apps on iPad

  • Tiny Hands: What's My Pair?
     
  • Tiny Hands: Sorting 2
     
  • Tiny Hands: Sorting 3
     
  • Tiny Hands: Racoon Treehouse
     
  • Shape Builder 
     
  • Candy Count
     
  • Aquatic Puzzle


Educational Video

Other Random (!) Cards

  • Snack Time
     
  • Surprise! (I can use this one for anything! Love it!)
     
  • Dance with Mom
     
  • Speech Therapy
     
  • Physical Therapy