Welcome to the second unit of Mommy School. Today, the focus is Mommy School-Ocean!
You can read all about the purpose of this program, along with my goals here.Mommy school as been working out well at our house. We still have a set time for it each day, after nap time. It lasts up to 45 minutes, some days only about 20 minutes.
The key for me is to write what we we’re doing each day in my planner.You can also see other fun and purposeful play activities on our Mommy School Pinterest board.
*This theme will last two weeks*
Shark / Fish / Water / Whale / Crab
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Counting/ Colors/ Alphabet:
How many fish do you see? With your child point to each animal and count. Have your child touch the fish as you’re counting them. Same goes for colors and alphabet. Where is the orange fish? Shark starts with S, here is the S. Point together with your child.
Remember, modeling is crucial.
If you’re new to sensory bins and sensory play, read this fabulous article to see why it’s so important.
Sensory Bin: This week I filled the bin with oatmeal and decorative glass rocks. I had a separate container of water tucked into the corner. I found a big container of plastic animals at Target for $10 over the holidays.
I want to note that while the sensory bin is open, I never take my eyes off AG. I am sitting next to her the entire time. These beads are a chocking hazard and a child should never be left along with them.
Ocean Puzzles: great for developing fine motor skills.
Octopus: Crackers with hummus (we don’t to PB yet) and raisins as eyes.
Books- 2 per day, (both were read at least twice.) I always read the book through first and read it again for further comprehension. On the second read, I ask questions and talk about what is on some of the pages.
Song- 2 per day. I have a nursery rhyme CD that we also listen to. AG always says “more” when I sing, so each song was probably sung at least 3 times.
Craft/ Activity: The sensory bags were a big hit this week along with the fishing games.
Sensory Bin Play: This is what lasts the longest with our lessons.I kept the bin, puzzles and games out of her play areas. I only brought them out when it was time for our Mommy School time. I wanted them to be special, something she looked forward to and didn’t have at her fingertips all day.Since this unit lasts two weeks, we still have another week of Ocean at our house. Make sure to follow me on IG (LeahEverydayLove) to see these lessons in action throughout the week.