This week Joe's favorite activity from Itty Bitty Bookworm was cookie division based on the book The Doorbell Rang, by Pat Hutchins.
After reading this book about sharing cookies with guests that just don’t stop coming, I pulled out some paper cookies I had from one of our lapbooks, and had Joe divide them evenly among plates. Joe really enjoyed this activity, so much that we did it several days this week.
Besides our daily Code lessons and various workbooks, I had Joe use our magnets and cookie sheet for phonics and math. Using it for phonics he spelled words, made up his own words and filled in missing vowels in three letter words. He is still not reading on his own—he has no problems making words if I call them out or filling in missing vowels, however, he is still not at the point of reading a word that I write or show him. He will get there. I do not believe in pushing him. I did try and push Hanna when she was his age and it got me nowhere. I am pleased to say I have learned from this, and will not go this route with Joe.
For math Joe used the cookie sheet to make numbers that I called out, as well as doing basic addition equations. For example, I would put up 2+1= ?, then have Joe use manipulatives to find the answer and fill in the missing number in the equation. I am trying to get him used to understanding what the symbols in equations mean.
Joe read poetry and dictated several stories to me in our Language Lessons for Little Ones.
We had a great week of school. Not only did we get in learning, but we read so many fun books, made lots of Christmas crafts and decorated our home for Christmas as a family.