Monday, 22 April 2013

Special Theme Week – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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I made a caterpillar wall collage for decoration and words learning for Baby Debo. You can find the way I made this collage here in my blog. I will keep and use these alphabets later for other theme and in my alphabets box.

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Main material we need – Book of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, with her caterpillar toy. We read and go through the story book together on the first day of the theme.

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On the second day, I read the story again but this time I was using some cards which I downloaded from here, to illustrate the story. I also made a sun and moon by using foam paper to illustrate morning and night..she likes it, especially the moon… I can’t find the moon after the activity, I guess she had kept in somewhere for herself @_@ I also used the fruits cards to teach her quantity …but she tend to eat the cards rather than counting it (she bite the orange cards) ….


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We had mini Chinese colours flash cards matching with the colour sticks plus colourful poms poms too. I had prepared a clip for her to clip the pom pom out from the box, but she insisted to use her hand to do it. She can do it pretty well in sorting pom poms into the box.

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After colour matching, I had stick the card on the IKEA white board together with the colourful sticks by using TACK IT, for Baby Debo to do some revision. I think I will just stick it here for some period, so we can use these colours cards for our weekly theme.

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Nomenclature cards of the main objects in the story. I stick the cards on the white board after showing her few times and playing cards matching. She able to recognize few pictures: orange, apple, butterfly, ice-cream cone (her favourite), pear, sausage, and leaf..she can’t recognize the caterpillar picture but pointed the caterpillar collage on the wall when I called and showed her the words “caterpillar”….

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I paste these puzzle pieces on a colour paper and Baby Debo in charged of gluing it before passing to me. I explained the life cycle of a caterpillar to a butterfly, as what happened to the caterpillar in the story book. This is an interesting and useful material, thanks to the 1plus1plus1equals1 .

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Our first try of DIY dot paint on Caterpillar worksheet. Baby Debo did pretty well, and able to chop on the circle by her own. Dot paint works enable the children to practice fine motor skills, one to one correspondence skills, hand-eye coordination skills, and identify the way of writing the alphabets letters. 
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Her final work of dot paint… no bad ya, she was quite enjoying playing with the dot paint
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Dice game of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I gave her a smiling face stickers to stick on the graphing paper after she threw the dice. She did like this game initially but ran away before we reached the number five.

PHYSICAL PRACTISE
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Lacing a colourful letter C caterpillar. I printed out, pasted it on a cardboard, cut it out and punched hole on each circle. I also made a thread,using an unused ribbon from a gift box. She loved this game especially the ribbon, walking around with the ribbon on her neck.. ^_^

Open & Close Basket

Open and Close basket, to develop Baby Deb’s fine motor skills. I tried to get different size of containers and bags with different way to open: pulling out, twisting, zip, pulling thread, and button.

COLOURING
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Thought of giving her a try on Mandala colouring, the simplest two colours worksheet…. How was she doing? Well, as seen as the drawing beside… She still not yet ready for the Mandala, will let her do it again after she know how to ‘COLOURING”. Since then, I will let her practise the way of using crayon before doing the Mandala again, using the Kumon colouring book.
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I really like the Kumon books, especially this colouring book. It teach children colouring step by step, started with scribbling. I just can’t wait to let Baby Debo to use this book, and here is it… her first lesson…Breakfast Time !! She was just SCRIBBLING all over but a good try for her.

SONG
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two books were gifts from my sister-in-law, comes with CDs. We played some Letter Cs and caterpillar songs from Youtube, and also these two new CDs…very lovely songs.

From Youtube: Hungry Songs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-gNaNOWdg8

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