Tabitha made a birthday card for her cousin Henry. I love the way she now draws all of her people with bellybuttons!
Apparently this is a birthday cake with candles, possibly her first recognisable non-person drawing.
I created some simple matching/patterning cards to use with our magnetic mosaic cubes as a pre-reading activity for Tabitha.
Aaron was able to extend his patterns beyond the cards.
My Granny was visiting last week and we enjoyed some lovely days out with her. Aaron took this photo of her at Rosemoor.
Aaron has been very interested in the differences between wasps and other insects such as hoverflies and bees, so together we collected photos of the ones we spotted.
We also went to the North Devon Show, where we saw lots of different animals and watched some fun events in the ring, including Freestyle Motorcross and Pony Club Games. Aaron drove us to distraction by moaning and whinging the entire day!
A light panel has been on my wishlist for a couple of years and I finally bought one secondhand from another childminder. It has been very popular so far and I’m looking forward to trying out lots of ideas from Pinterest!
Tabitha struggles with spatial awareness, such as knowing which way round puzzle pieces go. These pattern blocks challenge her but not so much that she finds it frustrating. Aaron likes to build his design off the pattern board as an additional challenge!
More creativity with blocks. Aaron recently built a brilliant conveyer-belt system, but unfortunately I didn’t get a photo.
A cheeky monkey showing me her drawing!
Today Aaron worked with our base ten set as an alternative to the “100 chain” and “1000 chain”. He used arrows to label by units up to 10, by tens up to 100 and by hundreds up to 1000. He often proudly announces to new acquaintances that he can count up to 300, so I thought we would go up to 1000 today. This kind of work familiarises children with the sequence of numbers and shows them the big picture. We also practised counting forwards and backwards by tens and hundreds.
Tabitha often wants to join in with Aaron’s maths work and gets upset that she can’t, so I set up a little activity for her instead. I’ve noticed that she consistently recognises the numerals “2” and “3”. She can count objects up to about ten but her finger and mouth don’t always work in sync, so we’re concentrating on objects up to five at the moment!