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Bible Basics: Plants

Kent was 26 months old.

Week 2 of Bible Basics for Two Year Olds was all about how God Made Plants.

Trays

L to R Top: cutting, chunky puzzle, transferring pom poms.  Middle: shape buttons, cylinder block #2, fruit matching.  Bottom: shape pounder, seed sorting, dressing frame.

L to R Top: cutting, chunky puzzle, transferring pom poms. Middle: shape buttons, cylinder block #2, fruit matching. Bottom: shape pounder, seed sorting, dressing frame.

I don't think I've ever offered him this puzzle before.  It's pretty easy for him now but he enjoyed it.I don’t think I’ve ever offered him this puzzle before. It’s pretty easy for him now but he enjoyed it.

He loves transferring!

He loves transferring!

He was fascinated with his cylinder blocks at first but lately hasn't been drawn to them.  I think it's time to offer two at a time.

He was fascinated with his cylinder blocks at first but lately hasn’t been drawn to them. I think it’s time to offer two at a time.

These were part of a free reusable bag that I got from Babies R' Us.  I was going to sew them together and stuff them but the two shapes mirror each other so it wouldn't have worked.  Instead I put them in a basket and he had fun making pairs.

These were part of a free reusable bag that I got from Babies R’ Us. I was going to sew them together and stuff them but the two shapes mirror each other so it wouldn’t have worked. Instead I put them in a basket and he had fun making pairs.

Sorting seeds was a nice theory but the very first time he did it he ended up dumping it out and kicking the seeds around so I didn't put it out again.  Next time I will try with something easier to pick up, like beans.

Sorting seeds was a nice theory but the very first time he did it he ended up dumping it out and kicking the seeds around so I didn’t put it out again. Next time I will try with something easier to pick up, like beans.

Special Theme Activity

I put together a tray with a dish, packet of lettuce seeds, water sprayer, small glass jar, and paper towel.

I put together a tray with a dish, packet of lettuce seeds, water sprayer, small glass jar, and paper towel.

First, I tore open the seed packet and let him dump it in the dish.

First, I tore open the seed packet and let him dump it in the dish.

He wet the paper towel a bit with the sprayer and then dumped the seeds on it.

He wet the paper towel a bit with the sprayer and then dumped the seeds on it.

I showed him how to pat them in place.

I showed him how to pat them in place.

He really struggled with this sprayer.  Previously, he was using a spray bottle just fine so I'll have to look for the one he used to use.

He really struggled with this sprayer. Previously, he was using a spray bottle just fine so I’ll have to look for the one he used to use.

Then I had him stuff the whole thing in the jar and set it on the windowsill.

Then I had him stuff the whole thing in the jar and set it on the windowsill.

We watched the seeds gradually grow and sprout and talked a lot about how God made the seeds and gave us the sun the help them grow in to food for us.

 

Practical Life

He used his wavy chopper and cutting board to help me cut up tomatoes.

He used his wavy chopper and cutting board to help me cut up tomatoes.

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Books

I didn’t get a picture but we did get some plant related books from the library.  Our favorite was “Tops and Bottoms”.  From our own collection we read “A Tiny Seed” and “The Little Red Hen”.  That last one is a long-time favorite of his anyway

I tried to encourage him to collect some natural materials from outside so we could make a collage but he wasn’t interested.  I’d suggest he pocket an acorn and he would shout, “No!” with a very offended look on his face and toss it back to the ground.  Apparently, acorns belong outside.  Silly mama. 😉

What’s your favorite way to play with or learn about plants?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible Basics: Day & Night

We’ve now completed our first 4 weeks of Bibles Basics for Two Year Olds. We are loving it! I scheduled a break for us this week so I’m going to blog about what we’ve done so far and schedule the posts once a week from now on.

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Kent was 26 months old.

We Started with Bible Songs

The overarching theme for the first 6 weeks of Bible Basics is, “God Made…”.  During week 1 we learned that God made Day and Night.  The curriculum comes with 2 CDs containing over a hundred Bible and activity songs.  I copied the CDs in to my itunes collection.  The song titles did not carry over automatically so I entered them manually.  It didn’t take very long though, maybe an hour.

The curriculum suggests several songs to play during the “God Made…” units.  The teacher’s manual stresses the importance of playing most or all of the same songs from week to week so that these little people can become familiar with them.  I normally would have chosen new songs every week but I took their advice and I’m glad I did.  As the weeks have gone by Kent has become better and better at the activity songs and I hear him singing the Bible songs to himself occasionally.

I copied the playlist on to my ipod.  I have the old school (8 GB?) ipod and it works perfectly for us.  I recently found an Amway gift card from our wedding (5 years ago!) and used it to buy this ipod dock for our homeschool.  I’ve been very happy with it.  I put the Bible songs at the start of the playlist so we did those and then I paused it.

A Special Bible Story

The curriculum includes a little blurb to read that introduces each week’s topic.  I didn’t think much of them initially, I figured I could have written up my own pretty easily.  However, these little 1-3 paragraph essays are wonderful!  They flow nicely and lead to wonderful conversation.  Each week’s talk includes a short summary of what we’ve already learned so we can review as we go.  The curriculum suggests sitting the teacher’s manual inside the Bible as you read so the children understand that this is fact from the Bible.  I decided not to do that.

Activity Songs

After our story and discussion I hit play again and we did the activity songs together.  One song says, “This is how an Elephant walks…” and that is Kent’s favorite.  He walks all around the house like an elephant now, even when we aren’t doing song time.  😀

Trays

When song time was over I introduced a tray or two and then tried to fade to the background and let him work.

Transferring pom poms (one to one correspondence, fine motor work)

Transferring pom poms (one to one correspondence, fine motor work)

For a fun sensory experience I gave him some star shaped marshmallows, cake pan, and a glass of water.

For a fun sensory experience I gave him some star shaped marshmallows, cake pan, and a glass of water.

I tried to encourage him to squeeze them but the most he would do was poke at them...

I tried to encourage him to squeeze them but the most he would do was poke at them…

... and then he started eating them and wouldn't stop so I eventually had to take them away.

… and then he started eating them and wouldn’t stop so I eventually had to take them away.

I introduced him to cutting with scissors for the first time.  He was enthralled with it!

I introduced him to cutting with scissors for the first time. He was enthralled with it!

Our favorite picks about day and night

Our favorite picks about day and night

“The Night Ones” was my favorite.  I can see us checking it out again when we learn about work and careers.  It was all about people that work at night, like janitors, bakers, and doormen.  Kent liked most of the books but his favorite were the two on the bottom left about the sun and the moon.

Practical Life

IMG_6155We baked bread together!

IMG_6149It was delicious!

We repeat the same routine each day that we do school (usually 3-4 days a week) except I only read the story on the first day.  Kent is loving it so much that on days that we’re too busy to do it he’ll often ask to “do school time”.  He hasn’t quite worked out his pronouns yet so instead of saying he wants to do it we hear, “You want to do school time!”.  🙂

If you missed it, you can read more about our very first day of 2 year old preschool (and more about cutting!) in this post.

What are your learning plans for the year?  Have you tried any fun, new activities lately?