Happy first day of June! So where we live, we aren’t currently in quarantine any longer though we are still keeping our girls out of stores, etc. but I want to keep the series name the same. I also know that many of you had quite the homeschool program to keep up with once the schools closed. Laney was in 2 year old preschool this year, so because she is so young, any school related activities done at home were left completely up to us. We stayed in our regular crafting and reading routine, but here recently have also been doing a little more as I know Laney’s teachers were going to teach the kids how to write their names this spring. We have been using most of these learning tools off and on, but I combined everything together to have a couple of school themed days recently in honor of what would have been Laney’s last day of school, complete with our usual Friday Chick-fil-A lunch that we would get once I picked her up.
If you are looking to continue with learning activities through the summer, here is what we have been using:
I have been using these for both girls. Morgan, almost 20 months old, uses them to repeat the words after me or saying what she recognizes in the picture. For Laney, these allow her to see the words with what she sees in the pictures. The cards are good quality and are double sided.
During the fall, Laney learned how to draw her shapes and this spring she was to learn the letters. This has been great to practice one letter at a time with the ability to quickly wipe errors clean.
Same concept as above, though we have not yet started on numbers. We are currently working to have Laney recognize numbers and will conquer these once she can do more letters.
Laney received a similar one-time use booklet like this to practice writing her name. I love that this one is reusable with the wipe clean feature.
You can use this color cube so many ways … play with the cards it came with or create your own game! Morgan and Laney enjoy taking turns rolling this big cube and then I have Laney tell me the color that is on the top when it stops.
The girls’ Gigi and G-daddy recently came to visit and brought this “game” for Laney. She has been obsessed with it ever since! She can easily count the objects but we are still teaching her to recognize the actual numbers. I like how these numbers are different colors so that we can help guide her until she gets the hang of it, but what’s also neat about this set is that the puzzle pieces are made so that the correct option is the only one that fits allowing for trial and error. I plan to purchase some of the other learning games like the ones I have linked below!
Laney attends a preschool in a church so their structure is faith based including a monthly scripture to learn and weekly devotions. We have been reading this children’s Bible Storybook as a daily devotion since she has been out of school and she LOVES it! Laney will ask every day to do our “Bible Study”, it’s so sweet. This book breaks traits of Jesus down to toddler terms and relates it to their lives. The pictures are wonderful and each story ends with a prayer I have Laney repeat out loud.
I also recently stumbled into something I had been meaning to find for the girls: a school memory keeper! Jane.com is currently offering a great deal, but Amazon sells it too. There is a polka dot option and a primary color stripes option. The quality is great and it covers preschool through college. Each section includes a folder to store keepsakes, a first day of school picture spot with interview and a last day of school picture spot with the same interview. It also has a words of wisdom area and two extra pages to include anything else you want to remember from that school year. I can’t wait to get started on Laney’s! I have linked the pictures below.
I still have a couple more themed days planned for the girls so I’ll be sure to share those soon too!
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