Monkey is 4 years 6 months old
This week, we followed up on our zoo field trip by putting out several works related to zoo animals. Both Bug and Monkey *loved* this, and they just love animals. It also worked out well that we are studying South Africa as part of our geography unit, and thus also studying Africa, and African animals!
To help Monkey with her alphabet, I found this *fabulous* product called “The SENSEational Alphabet” by http://www.sensesationalalphabet.com/ . This book is absolutely wonderful, especially for those children who may have sensory issues, learning disabilities, or other issues. With Monkey’s soon-to-be likely diagnosis of autism, along with her sensory issues, this book really helps her learn the way she learns best. This book hits so many different learning styles–the letter is written on each page, there is a button where the name of the letter and an example of a word starting with that letter are pronounced, each letter is written in Braille, then there is an object on each page to look at. Often, these objects either have something to smell or something to touch/manipulate. So, for example, for the letter A, she would see “Aa” and a picture of an apple (which happens to have some tactile texture to it for her to feel), then she could press the red button to hear the “A, a, Apple”. Then, if she knew Braille (which she doesn’t. LOL!), she could also feel the letter A that way.
Bug and Monkey working with the SENSEational Alphabet book.
To go along with the zoo field trip from last week, I put these animal ice cube trays out, with a zoo themed set of chopsticks. The chopsticks are used to put a pom pom into each opening in the tray.
We try to coordinate Jedi's geography lessons with the girls, so we have a shelf out to focus on South Africa (and in the continent of Africa as well. I have several books on Africa and South Africa, the language card for South Africa, some wooden animal masks from Africa, some musical instruments, and some small stuffed animals that were purchased from a friend who went to Ethiopia.
Using the sandpaper numerals to count zoo animals
Monkey working with the African animals
Close-up of the animal masks
Monkey as a zebra
Bug with the musical instruments
Monkey working with the trinomial cube
Taking a break from the school room to play in the water from the rain garden
Using the water to water the flowers
A butterfly in the rain garden that monkey found
Monkey and Jedi making Vietnamese Summer Rolls for dinner one night
Working with the zoo animal three part cards
Monkey putting South African traditional dress onto the African paper dolls