Saturday, June 22, 2013

Toddler chore chart

I have been searching like crazy for a good chore chart for a three year old. I wanted something with both words and pictures. (She is at that stage where she can easily learn sight words.) I wrote a list of tasks that I wanted her to accomplish (eventually) by herself each day. Nothing I found was everything I was looking for- so I created my own. 
This is what I came up with. I used a hanging chart from Target's dollar section, leftover from my teaching years. A clothespin with paper taped to it that reads 'what time is it?' This works out great because now that the chart has been up for a few months Madelyn changes this by herself. Although her little  sister likes to pull the papers out and taste them :-) so we moved it up higher. I used the computer to print out the labels, tasks & pictures along with 'done' for the back side of each card. The cards are color coded for morning, noon, evening & one column of green for tasks done once a week. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Exploring Incects

We have been hunting for the perfect toddler science equipment in the dollar bins over the past four months or so. Now we have a pretty dandy collection so we're off to hunt for bugs!

Mookie has a great Golden Book titled Insects that she loves to study. It has photos, sketches & cartoon pictures with lots of cool facts. I print out actives for her to paste into her interactive science notebook. She likes to look back at what she's done and I like that we can easily review stuff she's learned. It's also a neat keepsake, just put the date on each page. 

We count the number of legs to determine if it's an insect or a spider. These worksheets were designed for grades 1-2, but can be easily modified.