This is a repost of an earlier blog entry since it is that time of the year again. And I am updating with my little one’s first day of 1st Grade Photo just for the fun! 🙂
You can change the wording, colors, and anything else you like very simply in either Open Office (click to download for free) or Microsoft Word. Once you get it the way you want it, you can simply print on your home printer, or you can use Zamzar to convert it to a high resolution photo and have it printed at your local drug store. I chose to have mine printed in 8×10 size and also got a copy for each set of grandparents.
Now that you have a copy you love, you can get a cute frame and have your child pose with it for their first day of school photos and after that get a binder with sheet protectors or photo album and place it inside….then next year, just pull up your handy editable file and repeat. When they
graduate you will have a wonderful memory book to look back on and see how your child has changed from 1 year to the next! 🙂
So Em and I have been working on her counting by 2’s and she was doing well but would get stuck after 20…. She just wasn’t seeing the pattern. So I made up a chart to help her see the way the numbers change. It was a hit she had that great AhHa! moment. So I took it a step further and made this sheet to see if she could fill in the blanks and, just like that, she got it all filled in and started to recite them all the way to 100. First while looking at the page then again with it flipped over.
We spent weeks trying orally to explain it to no avail. Now, after only about 30 min seeing it in this format she has it down.
I couldn’t be more proud of my big girl! ❤
Give it a try with your little ones and comment here to let me know if not helps!!
For all of you that are working with me toward a Kindergarten start-up this fall, here is a board with some great ideas! 🙂 Feel free to leave links to your idea boards in the comments, I would love to follow all of your ideas as well! 🙂
As we start to get Em ready for her transition to kindergarten, it is important that she get used to sitting still and staying focused on her lessons. Since she hasn’t been in a daycare she hasn’t had much experience in the classroom environment as of yet this is the biggest area we need to work on with her. Thus we have decided that from here on out, we will spend a set amount of time each day sitting at her table working on her lessons starting with a 1/2 hour then working up to a full hour at a time. Lessons will vary from activities such as:
Writing practice with letter tracing pages and her LeapReader writing books
Reading practice and phonetics
Math concepts such as simple addition and subtraction
Geography concepts such as basic map reading skills (north, west, east, south), State shape recognition, and basic concepts of city, state, country & continent
Here is a little chart I have come up with to keep track of how we are progressing toward our goals. It is built in Word and can be modified to fit your child’s needs! And please remember every child progresses and learns differently, this plan is based on the education level of our child and may not reflect the needs of yours. Do not force concepts on a child that is not ready and do not slow down a child who is more advanced! Either one can lead to lifelong learning issues and an overall unhappiness with school and learning. Just make it fun and let them set the pace. 🙂
Print the clock and draw hands that show what your real clock will look like at nap time, bed time, or anytime you want to teach and then label them with a short word.
Let your little one color their new clocks while you discuss with them what those times mean. “when our clock on the wall looks like this one with the short hand on the 3 and the long hand on the 12 that means it is time to take a nap”
Throughout the day look at the clock to compare (especially when the time is the same!)
Soon they will be able to tell when it is the right time without even having to look at their papers!
Gather your content pages. Mine were found on the NickJr and DisneyJr websites. I used a mix of letter and number learning, seek n find, spot the difference, pattern finishing, and plain coloring pages to keep it interesting.
Order your pages and laminate them back to back in book style.
Use a 3 hole punch and insert the pages into your book.
Make a pretty cover to personalize it for your little one
Any Crayons will work on this and wipe away with a normal washcloth easily, though I have found the colors show up better when you use the Crayola GelFX
Sheet protectors will work as well, but are not as durable for long term use.
Create the poster either by printing one similar to what I used (I attached the jpg in my gallery above) or use any pictures, shapes, or symbols that your child likes, I simply made mine in a simple word document with basic clipart.
Laminate your poster and trim in needed. be sure to leave a border around your paper so that you do not break the seal and round off the corners to prevent scratches down the road.
Use your sharpie to print the numbers on your clothespins. You can buy fancy ones, or even Spray paint normal ones!
How to play:
Count the objects in each row and have your child clip the clothespins in the box at the front of each row.
Builds Fine Motor Skills, Counting Skills, Sorting and Ordering Skills, and is just plain fun for them!