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This blog accompany Aliza's SEEDS and Science Kids classes at first 5.

Preparing for last lesson

Hi Moms,

What a great class we have. But like all good things, it’s almost over.

Toward the end, please ask any question or challenge you have. Anything that stayed an open issue for you will be welcome and I’ll try to address. Ask them by replying to this post or sending directly to my mail. Which is: AlizaSavransky@gmail.com.

Have a great rest of the day,

Aliza.

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Fourth Lesson – Sound Awareness & The Road to Writing

Fine Motor Skills and Eye-Hand Coordination Are both an important Pre-Writing skills. To develop those we can use materials abundantly found in our home. For many examples see a video of a mother creating Montessori activities.  Also you can get inspiration from a wonderful blog name “We can do all things” for sensory activities and more.

Sound Awareness. We sometimes forget to listen to our surrounding we focus on what we see. But awareness for sounds is a critical pre-Reading skill. Therefore, this week we will merge the activity with the question and focus on sound awareness. Exercise  your hearing sense and help your kid focus on environmental sounds.

Find as many sounds as you can. Be as original as you can about that. I don’t know… be quiet while shopping in the grocery store and discover the sounds you can hear. Make a list of the sounds you were hearing together and share with us.

I would love to read your kids reaction to this activity and to the different sounds you discovered.

Have a great weekend,

Aliza.

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Pre – Reading activities

Everything around us can be a subject for conversation to promote knowledge. Here are some suggested activities to promote sound awareness and developing knowledge and vocabulary.

All Kinds of Leaves.

PBS Kids has a very good page for pre-reading activities. http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-activities/ . Here is one of them: Toddlers love to collect things. Leaves are especially fun to collect in the fall. Explore the colors of leaves with your child. Introduce words for color names like red, brown, yellow, and orange. Compare different leaves. Are they all the same or are they different? Collect leaves in a bag. Take them home and start a leaf collection.

Clues Bingo

Use this site to create customized bingo cards with Animals, Musical instruments, Letters, Shapes etc. http://www.dltk-cards.com/bingo/index.htm. Now, Instead of declaring the pictures, cut the pictures from the “Call out sheet” and put them in a pile in the middle. Each participant pull out a card and give a clue to the picture he holds. For example: “Who has an animal that barks wof wof ?” the other participants has to answer before they mark their card.

Kids first dictionary

Take inspiration from this blogger who specify in details how she created over time her kids first dictionary. Whenever you have time, show the letter and discuss the sound that its making and ask what begins with this sound. Than write the letter on a piece of paper and look together with your kid for pictures in newspapers that starts with this letter . Stress the sound of the word.

http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/2012/07/19/making-personalized-abc-books/

Have fun!!!

Aliza.

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Third Lesson – The Road to Reading

Reading sits on two main skills:

  • Sound awareness – The ability to connect between an image and a sound.

Develop it by making your child aware of the many sounds we hear. For example when you hear a plane in the sky, point at it and say: “See a plane! Hear the sound it makes! Can you do this sound?”. Make him aware of animal voices, musical instruments sounds etc.

  • General knowledge and vocabulary

The more your child will know about the world the better he will be at guessing the written word and understanding what he reads by making connections to an existing knowledge in his mind. We discussed “Read aloud” and “Learning while Doing” to develop general knowledge.

Keep posted for some activities to develop Sound Awareness and General Knowledge.

This week, please share with us –

What books or rhymes do you remember your parents read/recite to you? Could be in another language. What is beautiful about it? What do you like about it? What it makes you feel? Have you tried reading/ reciting the piece to your own kids?

Looking forward to see you on Thursday,

Aliza.

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Cherishing a Child’s Sense of Wonder

What’s this?

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Until as recently as the 1970s, it was widely believed that humans are born with a blank slate—that our personalities, preferences, intelligences, and so forth, form and develop as we grow older.  While this idea has been largely discredited through brain imaging and research, those same techniques have given us an even better understanding of the incredible amount of learning that happens in the early years of life.

The human brain quadruples in size by the time a child is 5 years old, reaching 90% of its adult size.  By the age of 3, a child’s brain is twice as active as an adult brain.  The reduction in activity is fundamental to our ability to function.  As we grow older, we acquire more ways to make sense of the world, more categories into which we can sort our daily experiences. Life becomes less chaotic because we learn how to distinguish the important from the trivial.  Our brain activity becomes more efficient.

We lose half our neurons by the time we reach adulthood.  But whenever I watch a child encounter a new idea, feel a new texture, hear a new sound, I can’t help but think about what was encoded in those lost neurons.  Children have the ability to be completely interested in so many things, and often times, so many seemingly completely uninteresting things.  This feeling of loss is even stronger when I’m with a child who’s still mesmerized by the familiar.  When was the last time that I was so fascinated by a story that I wanted to hear it every day, for weeks at a time?  How often do I experience wonder, now that I’m a grown-up?

What did you see in the first picture when you, perhaps, didn’t know what it was?  A kitty?  A person? A rabbit?  Flowers?  A little girl in a dress?  A map of the Iberian Peninsula?

What’s that?”  Parents, how many times a day do you hear this question?

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That’s a cow.

How long did you study the first picture?  And how long did you look at the outline of the cow in the second?  How many things did you see in the first one, and how many things do you see in the second?

What do we lose when we’ve found the right answer?

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Presentations

Hi

Hi,
I recall that some of you asked for the presentations.
I will try to format the slides to a better format, but for the meanwhile, I’m attaching the slides.
You can use them to share your experiences in the class with your spouse or other friends.

SEEDSWorkshop2_3

SEEDSWorkshop1_3

Aliza.

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Having fun and Play

Hi Moms,

Play-Time is so important to build self esteem. When you pretend along with your kid, you’re showing him that you accept his make-believe world, that something he’s interested in is fun and important to you too.

The benefit of Play:

  • Builds the imagination
  • Build social skills
  • Advances physical development
  • Helps kids work through emotions

Here are some guidelines to follow during play-time from the First 5 Facebook page:

Play guidelines

To learn more, “Hand in Hand” and Babycenter.com both has good articles about this subject.

Some great play activities you can find here: http://www.growingplay.com/free.htmlSome

The suggested activities this time are all about having fun and play:

Let’s dance!

Play favorite songs that could inspire your child to do specific actions—something with a loud, strong beat so he can stamp like an elephant, or something quiet so he can pretend he’s tiptoeing past a sleeping lion. Marching to music is also great fun and easy enough for most toddlers to manage. These games stretch his imagination and develop his sense of rhythm.

http://www.babycenter.com/210_lets-dance_1887.bc

Catch me if you can

Toddlers love to be chased. The object of this game is for your child to be caught, especially if she knows she gets a big bear hug and tickles every time you manage to catch her. For variety, pretend to be different types of animals, like a roaring lion or a scuttling mouse. A great game for building up your toddler’s stamina – and yours!

http://www.babycenter.com/0_lets-play-catch-me-if-you-can_10309534.bc

Build your own bowling

Make your own bowling from recycled bottles and have lots of fun. Use those tutorial for inspiration:

http://earlylearning.momtrusted.com/2012/12/coffee-creamer-christmas-bowling-game/

What’s inside?

A preschooler’s brain thrives on imagination – and that’s what makes this activity so much fun. By hiding an object in a bag or sock, kids need to think creatively when figuring out what’s inside!

http://www.first5california.com/parents/activity-center/preschoolers

Have a great week,

Aliza.

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Second Lesson – The parents toolkit

Hi Moms,

Great second lesson. We are learning much more due to the moms’ willingness to share. Thanks!

This lesson was all about simple parental skills that we can adopt to be more connected to our kids and by that enhance their learning capabilities such as exploration, Self worth and knowledge.

First of all we discussed sensitivity. We agreed that listening is a key element to being sensitive. Watch, wait, Listen!

We also talked about Encouragement that may be effective if you relate in your reaction to what the kid is showing you. Also, we mentioned non-verbal messages which are very important.

Another important point is Speaking in your mother tongue to strengthen your connection with the child and allowing him to continue connecting with family outside the United States.

We also mentioned:

  • Running commentary.
  • Promoting conversation.
  • Expanding and extending.
  • Learning while doing.
  • And above all Fun and Laughter.

Now we can self reflect and rate ourselves on those skills:

  • What you are best at at?
  • What skill could you improve?
  • What can you do in order to improve yourself?

Please reply so we could all learn from you.

See you next week,

Aliza.

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First lesson – Activities that I liked

Hi Moms,

Here are some activities that I liked  from the recommended sites:

Shape search

http://www.babycenter.com/0_fun-activities-to-promote-math-skills_64460.bc

Go on a shape search around the house. Look for squares, triangles, circles, stars — any kind of shape.Your child will be expected to recognize, draw, and manipulate shapes well into 1st grade (not to mention high school geometry!).

***That’s a great activity for cooking time. Those moments when you have to make dinner and the kids are hungry and wants your attention so much. You don’t have to think a lot, just send them to search for shape at home.

Cereal tree.

http://www.babycenter.com/210_cereal-tree_399.bc?index=4

This is an activity that is very easy to do with 2-3 year olds. It doesn’t take long so it’s great to do while eating breakfast! Draw or cut out the shape of a tree on construction paper (any size, any type of tree). Then ask the child where he/she wants to add the “apples”… drop little balls of glue accordingly and the child can press his favorite cereal onto the tree. My children like to use cherrios and fruit loops, although anything will work!

***I wouldn’t bother about that in breakfast unless you have tons of time but at snack time or when going out and about. You can use leafs or combine cheerios and leafs and other finds.

This is not a box

https://www.facebook.com/first5california?fref=ts

this is not a box

You can choose from those activities or any other activity in the recommended sites.

Have fun at the weekend,

Aliza.

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First Lesson- It’s all about connection!

Hi Moms,

I don’t have enough words to express how much I enjoyed teaching the class today.

Your cooperation and engagement are priceless. I hope we will continue learning from each other.

Today, we had the preview of our class.We saw that Literacy is tied to emotion, connection, communication and togetherness. Kids are learning the most when they are having fun. To be truthful, don’t we all like that?

We also learned that we, as parents, have a critical role in creating a home rich with positive emotions and learning.

We thought together what is home for us.

What is home2

My question for you this time is:

what have you decided to include in your home that was not part of your childhood home?

Please comment in this post so we can all learn!!!

Yours,

Aliza.

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