2 Year Old curriculum

Daylight Saving time

“Tick tock. Tick tock. Hickory dickory dock. The mouse ran up the clock.” That is my son’s favorite nursery rhyme! He was very excited when I told him that we will make a clock this week. Yes moms, we are dealing with clocks for this week’s curriculum.  On March 11, Sunday, 2 am, we will be changing the time in our clocks or watches. Don’t you feel like we just changed the time in our clocks last November? Yep, it is almost time to spring forward again. Bad news for some of us is that we are going to lose one hour sleep. But here is the good news… spring time is coming! That is the best time of the year to be outdoors, at least here in Texas!

“DAYLIGHT SAVING THEME” 1st week of March 2018
CORE CURRICULUM MONDAY TUESDAY FRIDAY
1. Readiness Skill
a)Colors gray and brown
b)Shapes review 3 previous shapes -circle, square and rectangle
c)Letters/Phonics J,K
2. Science
a) Body Parts eyes and ears, plus all the previous body parts
b) Animals jellyfish, kangaroo
3. Arithmetic review 1-5
4. Writing trace straight line, K
5. Music yukelele, Hickory dickory dock
6. Social studies review his name, know name of mom
7. Arts and crafts clock and mouse
8. Physical Ed
a)Fine motor coriander and pipe cleaners
b)Gross motor balancing while walking in the train ramp toy
9. Additional:
a) Bible God made humans/pray God made humans/pray God made humans/pray
b) Manner say excuse me say excuse me say excuse me
c) Personal Care put trash in a trash bin put trash in a trash bin put trash in a trash bin
d) Reading at night Book of the week- Guess how much I love you
e) Field Trips weekends
f) Snack Ideas brown foods
Figure A. Shape toys from Target
Figure B. Print outs taped in the window
Figure 1C. Jellyfish with the use of Play Doh
Figure 2C. Koala with the use of Play Doh

monday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Readiness skills:

COLORS

My son enjoys the color walk game every time we play it. We have been doing it since I learned it from ABCJesuslovesme website. It is just simply walking around the whole house and looking for objects that are color gray (in the morning) and brown (in the afternoon). While walking, we are also singing “gray, I see color gray (2X), gray, gray, gray, gray, I see color gray” and then we point out on any object that is color gray.

SHAPES

I believe that we have this shape toys from Target (Figure A)  since he was around 8 months old. I still can’t imagine how time flies so fast. But until now, he is still using this toy and it is great for not only learning colors, shapes but also for supporting the development of eye and hand coordination. We played  matching game with these toys (each shape can be opened into half). And as always, I asked my boy “what is this shape?” beforehand.

 

LETTER

My son is already familiar with the uppercase letters and I am slowly introducing the lowercase counterpart to my son. Thisreadingmama website has great free alphabet printables pack that has adorable images. I taped few print outs in the window to teach letters Jj and Kk for this weekend curriculum (Figure B). This activity is also a great way to add more words in his vocabulary.

Here are some ideas for Science:

BODY PARTS

We played with his stuff toys and we named the eyes and ears. Afterwards, I asked him to point out where mommy’s eyes and ears are. And finally I asked “where are your eyes and ears?”.

ANIMALS

Identifying animals  is my little boy’s favorite. One of our daily activities is identifying animal magnets while moving them from the refrigerator door to the dishwasher door.  For this week, we also formed jellyfish (Figure 1C) and koala (Figure 2C) with Play Doh. This was a  great way to have an after dinner family time. Just don’t forget to wash your little one’s fingers afterwards; it can be really sticky in the nails sometimes.

wednesday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arithmetic:

Since our curriculum’s theme for the week is Daylight Saving Time and our craft is creating a clock, we counted 5 mice for math. I cut out a heart shape from a construction paper, folded this into half, added a paper tail, added nose, whiskers and eyes with a sharpie, attached a smaller cut out heart shape to serve as the ears, and voila, we have a mouse (Figure D)!

 

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Writing:

When i was young, my parents taught me how foods are not for playing. And now… as an a adult, I am using rice grains with my son to trace straight lines and letter K (Figure E). Sorry mom… Oh well, rice grains are actually great for sensory play.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Music:

My mom gave this Yukelele (Figure F) from Hawaii and we are in love with it, or let me say I am in love with it. It reminds me of Hawaii – my most favorite place in the world. And for my little son, he loves to tweak the tuning and strum the strings. And that is all we do for now with this instrument. But at least he is familiar with the word Yukelele.

And we also sang his most favorite nursery rhyme which is the Hickory Dickory Dock:

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bird looked at the clock,
The clock struck two 2,
Away she flew,
Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The dog barked at the clock,
The clock struck three 3,
Fiddle-de-dee,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bear slept by the clock,
The clock struck four 4,
He ran out the door,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The bee buzzed round the clock,
The clock struck five 5,
She went to her hive,
Hickory Dickory Dock!

Hickory Dickory Dock,
The hen pecked at the clock,
The clock struck six 6,
Oh, fiddle-sticks,
Hickory Dickory Dock

Figure D. Paper mice
Figure E. Rice grains for tracing straight lines and letter K.
Figure F. Yukelele
Figure G. Arts – creating a clock white paper plate
Figure H. Fine motor skils – use of coriander and pipe cleaner
Figure I. Gross motor skill – use of the train ramp as a balance

Friday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Social studies:

Our week’s goal for this week is to review his name and learn mommy’s name. We need to repeat this for a while.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arts and Crafts:

Creating a clock is the highlight of our week. We used the empty kitchen paper cardboard as a stand and a paper plate for the clock itself.

Here is the link from DLTK:

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Physical Education:

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

I love utilizing kitchen materials in teaching my toddler since he already has been playing with our home stuff even when he was younger.  For example, coriander and pipe cleaners are both great materials to support the development of our kid’s fine motor skills (Figure H).

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

Seeing my son using his toys in many different ways amazes me. I sometimes get teaching ideas from him. For the gross motor curriculum part of this week, we used his Step2 Thomas the Tank Engine Up & Down Roller Coaster toy (Figure I) for balancing while he was walking on it. 

ADDitional

Bible:

God made us – humans. That is what we are learning for this week and we are praying every night to thank God for giving us life. We also use his Bible (Figure J) to show that we are made by God.

 

Manner and Personal Care:

We are learning saying excuse me whenever he needs to. Unlike the challenges that we had in picking up his toys, I am extremely happy how obedient my son is whenever I ask him to put some of his trash in the trash bin.

 

Reading at night: 

Our book for the week is “Guess How Much I Love You” (Figure K). We tried to let him open the pages one by one properly and took our time to read the book before sleeping time.

 

Weekend Field Trips:

We went to a local Flight Museum and mentioned to my son that we are going there by 11:00 am. We showed him the wall clock before we left, saying that it is almost 11:00 am and we need to leave for the museum.

Snack Ideas:

Food ideas for brown: German rye bread, cinnamon, banana bread, brown rice

Figure J. Kid’s Bible
Figure K. Book of the week – Guess How Much I Love You

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