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Jumping into Jj

on February 27, 2012

In an ongoing effort to resolve some possible allergy issues with Little Bear, we spent 2 1/2 hours this morning sitting in a doctor’s office. Long waits are the norm at this particular practice, so I packed a bag of letter Jj activities to take along. Despite being away from her usual workspace, Little Bear …

  • reviewed the days of the week in the car, identifying today as Monday, yesterday as Sunday, and tomorrow as Tuesday and singing the Days of the Week song
  • described the weather and sang The Weather Song
  • counted up to the date, divided it into 2 groups of ten and 7 ones, clapped out the date in tens and ones (giving me ten two times and tapping index fingers with me 7 times), then wrote 27
  • brainstormed words that started with Jj
  • jumped around in the shape of a Jj
  • practiced writing Jj in the air
  • practiced writing uppercase J on paper
  • completed a Lauri crepe foam jet puzzle; sounded out and wrote the word “jet”
  • reviewed the concepts of bigger and smaller; completed relate worksheet
  • listened as I read Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme; counted animals and other objects on each page; identified all animals on review page at end of book
  • listened as I read Touch and Feel: Jungle Animals to Baby Bear and later retold story in her own words
  • completed /j/ beginning sound worksheet
  • spelled her name (a J word) with alphabet beads, then strung beads in order to make a name necklace (jewelry)
  • jumped and counted to 27 (She needed to get some wiggles out!)

Yes, it was a bit worksheet heavy (worksheets are more portable than projects), but overall, not a bad start to the week!

This afternoon, we read The Cat in the Hat, Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!, and The Foot Book. Playing off The Foot Book, Little Bear counted the feet in our family, ranked them from smallest to largest and newest to oldest. She concluded that Daddy Bear had the largest feet, the oldest feet, and the stinkiest.

Wrapping up the day’s work, Little Bear completed her first assessment, as well as another reading lesson. In keeping with our Seussian theme, she also watched an episode of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.

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