Saturday, January 7, 2012

AfterSchool Linky Party!

Welcome to the AfterSchool Linky Party.   
I'm so glad you joined us!
Little Wonders' Days
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Mary Anne at Mama Smiles is the host for AfterSchool this week and she is joined by Mouse Grows Mouse Learns, The Educators' Spin On It, Just Playin' Around, What Do We Do All Day, and of course, Little Wonders' Days.  I also want to say a special thank you to Diana at Diana Rambles for spreading the word about AfterSchool by listing the party at Link Rink.

The kids were back at school for a couple of days this week after being out for Christmas vacation.  It took a little getting back into our routine, but I think everyone was excited to see their friends and teachers again.


We started a mini shadow theme and had fun playing and experimenting with some winter shadow puppets.  We'll be doing some shadow drawings and measurements later today.

Juiciness has taken a big interest in letter sounds.  He walks around with our textured letter cards quizzing everyone.  He knows all the sounds and is able to match upper and lower case letters.  He's still  young(almost 4), so I'm letting him set the pace with what we do with the letters.  The set is by Key Education and is called Textured Touch and Trace Cards.  We have both upper and lower case letters. 

Sassyfras desperately wants to write.  She has "L's"(her initial) all over her artwork and papers from school.  I decided to buy a Handwriting Without Tears workbook for her and she has started working in it. I found printable block writing paper from here that she has been using too. 

Little J's class is learning about weather.  He told me he wrote the question, "What makes wind?" in his science journal this week.  He spent some time researching the answer and came to me saying, "You'll never believe this, but the sun helps make the wind"!  We're planning a few hands on experiments now. 


Lindsay said...

So much fun! I love seeing Sassyfras' hands working on her letters :-)

Ann said...

That is so great! I think I just learned that myself (about the sun making the wind)! Love those texture letter cards and the shadow puppets - so fun - thanks for sharing!!!

Raising a Happy Child said...

It looks like a great week! I like it that you follow your children' interests and encourage them differently. I also loved J's question and research.

Mom and Kiddo said...

I'm looking forward to seeing some of your wind experiments!

Sherri said...

She has great hand control!
Your experiments are always amazing...I'm excited to see all the fun!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I'm also looking forward to hearing about your experiments!

Those letter cards look neat.

Thanks for linking up to the Afterschool Blog Hop =)

Julie said...

My 2nd grader is learning about weather and wind in science right now too. He's loving it! It sounds like you had a great week!