Thursday, July 5, 2012
Jaxon at Work and at Play ( As if there is any difference, aye? )
There are days when I get the prepared worksheets out for us to do together, and you always look forward to "doing your book". At this point, since you know your letters ( and their sounds ) and numbers and shapes, so it's a lot of repetition and reinforcement, and introducing some new concepts of comparison etc.
To say that we're working on your penmanship would be pretty ridiculous, but we're hoping to exercise those little fine motor muscles and do some pre-writing. You are slowly gaining more control when coloring with your crayons or markers.
Of course it's not all stuffy school stuff. Recently we made some felt animals for the Bill Martin Jr/Eric Carle books - Brown Bear and Polar Bear, as well as a few other stories You have been spending lots of time getting me to read the books over and over and over so that you could put the animals up on the "felt board" over and over and over again.....
Something else you always come back to is Play Doh. Although, as with any other activity, you want ME to be there, helping you do this, that and the other :) I got you a set of numbers and letters cookie cutters at Dittos for Kiddos a while back, and you love getting me to roll out the play doh so that you can cut out the letters. You also love to stamp various objects onto Play Doh to see what imprint you get on it :)
We got you a coloring book the other day from Dollar Tree, which is now one of your most precious possessions. You insist on coloring it first thing in the morning and several times a day. Isn't it obvious yet what the theme of the coloring book is? :)
We got out our colored popsicle sticks and you immediately had your Angry Bird pencil toppers fight one another. You even acted out a little play between the two birds, complete with different voices and dialogue!
Of course, the coloring doesn't stop there either :) The coloring apps on the android are among your favorites.
Even though you love the high tech tablets and whatnot, it is heartening to see how you go back to the "old school" toys again and again with a little boy's sense of wonderment, adventure and curiosity. :)