Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Our Week- Learning Colors

This week our homeschool "theme" is colors.  My kiddos are 1.5, 2.5, 3.5 and 5 years old...so quite a range of knowledge and skills.  I tried to plan activities that everyone could participate in on their own level, and that would provide lots of speech and motor skill practice and sensory experiences.  Here are a few of the things we have done:

We sorted Fruit Loops by color

We strung the Fruit Loops on pipe cleaners.  

The older kids were able to make patterns.

The little ones struggled to string the loops, so I strung them for them, and then they had to remove them one by one to eat.  As they took them off, I said the name of the color.

Other things planned for this week:

-playing with balloons and different colors of craft foam in the bathtub
-learning the poem "Mary had a Red Dress"
-eating rainbow colored fruits- raspberries, oranges, lemons, grapes and blueberries
-making and eating rainbow colored jell-o
-painting snow
-shaking different colored plastic eggs filled with different items- trying to match up the eggs that contain the same items, and getting lots of practice saying color names
-sorting laundry
-using window markers to decorate the windows
-playing with a bin of only red toys (then orange, yellow, etc)
-painting with colored shaving cream in the bathtub 
-planting bulbs and flower seeds

Just for the older kids:
-discussing shades of colors...light, dark, pastel, etc
-discussing synonyms
-learning about parts of a seed and bulb
-reading our ABC geography book and making an archipelago and atoll out of salt dough and painting it (this was so much fun!!)
-board games
-root word rummy
We are also doing a bit of work on the house- painting, carpeting, building a special play fort in the closet and organizing, organizing, organizing.  

That's what we're up to this week! 

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