Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beading Letters

I like to get each of the kids at least one "educational" toy or book each Christmas. My 2010 reading goal for Mia is to have her sounding out simple three letter words by the time she turns five. For her for Christmas, I chose a Melissa and Doug Deluxe Wooden Stringing Beads set. It comes with over 200 beads, and shoelaces to string them on. She was eager to spell family names (with careful help). Then she wanted to spell "Mat sat on a rat." It was her idea. I wonder how she came up with something basic and phonetic out of the blue. I talked about spacing between words, and encouraged her to use the flowers to separate the words.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Matching Upper to Lower Case

Mia and Little Nephi are learning to recognize and name their letters. After that, we'll work on letter sounds.
We purchased Melissa and Doug's Magnet Wooden Alphabet. The set includes upper case and lower case letters. I cut cardstock in half, the
n traced each of the letters with a pencil (pictured below is the only set I attempted with pen).

The first time the children saw them, they just had to have every card laid out at the same time. It was a lot of work for them. After that, I decided to only get out one card at a time, with just the letters that go with that card (mixed up). Miriam quickly lost interest in this alphabet activity, but Little Nephi has been requesting it several times a week for a month or more. I try to stay nearby so I can name the letters when he picks them up. Now I will give him up to three cards at once. He can name almost every letter of the alphabet (although a few he pronounces incorrectly).

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Primary Songs, 2010

High on my nurturing priority list for this year is teaching my children the songs for the 2010 Sacrament Meeting Presentation, which are:
"Come Follow Me" (Hymns, 116)
"Follow the Prophet" (Children's Songbook, 110-11)
"He Sent His Son" (Children's Songbook, 34-35)
"I Know That My Savior Loves Me"-2010 Outline for Sharing Time, 28-29
"The Church of Jesus Christ" (Children's Songbook, 77)
"The Holy Ghost" (Children's Songbook, 105)
Click here to access the sheet music and mp-3s from

The song for January is "I Know That My Savior Loves Me." I'm surprised Mia already knows it better than her older brothers, and Little Nephi gives it a valiant effort.