2 Year Old curriculum

olympics2018

2018 is a great year because we can watch winter olympics and world cup soccer!! So exciting!! So while I am writing this, Chloe Kim, Red Gerard and Jamie Anderson already got their gold medals for Team USA, yay!!! And I can’t wait to watch Shaun White to compete tonight!

Honestly, my husband is the most obsessed about olympics in our family and he supports Germany. I really enjoy watching Winter Olympics to not only cheer for Team USA but also to see all the amazing athletes around the world. And I am also very excited to introduce Olympics to my son, and hopefully go to a skiing resort next year when he is a little older. That will be wonderful!

“OLYMPICS THEME” 3rd week of February 2018
CORE CURRICULUM MONDAY TUESDAY FRIDAY
1. Readiness Skill
a)Colors blue, yellow, black, green, red
b)Shapes oval and star
c)Letters/Phonics F,G
2. Science
a) Body Parts toes, cheeks
b) Animals frog and giraffe
3. Arithmetic 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
4. Writing trace F, straight line
5. Music xylophone, rock-scissors-papers
6. Social studies know fruits- pear, orange, strawberry
7. Arts and crafts Olympics arts
8. Physical Ed
a)Fine motor cards placing in a can with small opening
b)Gross motor stop and go
9. Additional:
a) Bible God made sun and sky/ pray God made sun and sky/ pray God made sun and sky/ pray
b) Manner say please say please say please
c) Personal Care use fork and spoon use fork and spoon use fork and spoon
d) Reading at night Poke-a-dot (book of the week) Poke-a-dot (book of the week) Poke-a-dot (book of the week)
e) Field Trips weekends eat in a Korean restaurant eat in a Korean restaurant eat in a Korean restaurant
f) Snack Ideas eat something blue like blueberries; use blue utensils eat something blue like blueberries; use blue utensils eat something blue like blueberries; use blue utensils

 

Figure A. Color sorting with olympic colors
Figure B. Playdough set with oval and star shape cutters
Figure C. Melissa and Doug See-Inside Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle
Figure D. Frog and giraffe print out from Fiddleanddoodle website

monday

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

COLORS

Since we are celebrating Olympics 2018, I am teaching colors blue, black, red, yellow and green this week to my toddler. I shaped the thick construction paper into a ring-shape container to mimic the olympic rings (Figure A). Additionally, I cut out  square shape from the leftover papers. Before we play our game, I asked my son “what is this color?” to every paper rings. Afterwards, I let him place the matching cut out square papers into the rings. Since the cut out square papers are too large to insert into the rings, he tore these papers into two pieces beforehand.

SHAPES

Playdough (Figue B) is definitely in the top most favorite toys of my son. Not only he learns colors from it but he can also learn shapes. The playdough set that we have at home is perfect for teaching oval and star plus the shapes from previous week.

LETTERS

I am a big fan of using DIY learning materials, especially utilizing whatever we have at home. But at the same time, I still wanted to incorporate the current toys that my son is always using into our curriculums. So for this week, we used the Melissa and Doug See-Inside Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle (Figure C). First, I asked him “what is this letter” then asked the name of the object that is associated with the letter. And of course, I let him place these letters into the puzzle board. We also focused on F and G plus whatever letters we can include from the previous weeks.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Science:

BODY PARTS

During bath time I asked him “what is this” pertaining to his cheeks and toes before washing those with a soap. Also, I include the previous body parts which are shoulder, knees and elbows.

ANIMALS

I printed out the frog and giraffe (alphabet dot marker  pack) from  Fiddleanddoodle website (Figure D). It is a really great website that contains a lot of free activity sheets. We still haven’t bought the Do A Dot Art markers from amazon and so we just used the crayons. Of course, I asked him “what is this animal” before handing him the print out.

wednesday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arithmetic:

Although my son can recite 1 to 20, he is still new to the concept of counting objects. So I am trying my best not to overwhelm him and just do some simple counting. We used his Lego Duplo Number Train toy  for identifying numbers 1 to 5. Afterwards, we played matching game with the use of numbers 1-5 print out (Figure D). We repeated this activity several times while counting the lego toys.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Writing:

My focus is for my son to be able to trace a straight line. So I am anticipating that I will be showing him how to trace straight lines for the next several weeks. I included tracing letters or numbers that is only made up of straight lines in the curriculum such as letter F (Figure E). The best time for this particular activity is before mealtime. He can focus more if he is sitting in his highchair.

 

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Music:

This week’s instrument is xylophone. I showed him several xylophone pictures in the books to make him familiarize with the instrument. Afterwards, I let him play with his wooden xylophone toy (Figure F).

For the nursery rhymes, we sang rock-scissors-papers, I followed the actions from Super Simple Songs Tobee:

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand ROCK!
Left hand PAPER!
It’s a helicopter!

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand ROCK!
Left hand ROCK!
Pinocchio!

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand SCISSORS!
Left hand PAPER!
Look, it’s a seesaw!

Rock, scissors, paper.
Rock, scissors, paper.
One, two, three.
Play with me.
Right hand SCISSORS!
Left hand ROCK!
Mmmm, it’s an ice cream cone!

Figure D. Arithmetic – counting legos
Figure E. Tracing letter F
Figure F. Music – xylophone toy
Figue G.  Social studies – naming fruits
Figure 1H. Arts –  handprints with olympics’ colors
Figure 2H. Arts – creating Olympics rings with toilet paper cardboard
Figure I. Fine motor skills – placing cards in a hole

Friday

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

I wanted my son to be familiar with his surroundings and one of the things that I wanted him to learn in this age   is naming fruits that we typically eat at home. So, for this week, I let him play and cut the Melissa and Doug Cutting Fruit Set (Figure G) while showing him the pear, orange and strawberry that are available in  our  kitchen.

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

Since we love Olympics that much, we made two paintings this week. First art is the handpainting with the olympics color (Figure 1H). While the second art is creating olympic rings  with the use of the toilet paper cardboard and paints (Figure 2H). Since the bathroom floor is the easiest floor to clean in the whole house, we started doing all our paintings in the bathroom floor before bathing.

 

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

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

We created a hole in the plastic cottage cheese lid (or any toddler-safe container) just enough to accomodate small cards (Figure I). We got these tiny cards from Dreamworks choco treasure surprise eggs. This simple game helps my little boy to improve his coordination and fine motor skills.

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

I love the “stop and go” game since my son can improve his gross motor skills and at the same time learn how to be obedient. This can be applied when walking outside such as stopping before crossing a street which is very important to instill in our kids. Our “stop and go” game is simply done by walking around the house and announcing stop or go. We will stop walking if we say stop and we will keep walking or running if we say go.

ADDitional

Bible:

God made the sun and the sky.

My son loves the nursery rhyme “itsy bitsy spider” and so whenever we draw together, it is always consisting of a spider, clouds with rain, rain gutter and a sun. Which is perfect to mention that God created the sun and the sky. Also, we read the kid’s Bible regarding The Creation (Figure J).

Manner and Personal Care:

Raising our son to become friendly, kind and polite is one of the main goals for my husband and I. So we try to instill in him some good manners like saying please whenever he asks for something he wants.

Since my son is not a good eater, I still feed him once in a while. But to fulfill the personal care part of the week (and hopefully for the following weeks), I let my son feed himself with the use of spoon and fork.

Reading at night:

Our book of the week is Poke-a-Dot What’s Your Favorite Color (Figure K). We read a lot of books before sleeping but I always make sure that we read at least one book completely, page by page.

Weekend Field Trips:

Since Olympics 2018 is being held in PyeongChang, South Korea, my husband and I wanted to eat in a Korean restaurant. My son only ate  steam rice from the restaurant since he is a little bit of a picky eater. But luckily, I brought my son’s own food from home. Well, at least my husband and I enjoyed the bulgogi!

Food Ideas:

Food ideas for blue: blueberries

Food ideas for yellow: mangoes, pineapple, lemon, yellow squash, gold potatoes, yellow bell pepper

Food ideas for green: spinach, green bell pepper, broccoli, green beans, lettuce, celery, peas

Food ideas for red: apple, raspberry, watermelon, radish, beets, tomatoes, red bell pepper

Food ideas for black: black beans

Figure J. Kid’s Bible
Figure K. Book of the week – “Poke-a-Dot What’s Your Favorite Color”

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