2 Year Old curriculum

palm sunday

Palm sunday is the day we celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus to Jerusalem. Growing up in a Catholic family, one of my most favorite time to go to church was Palm Sunday. I enjoy seeing churchgoers carrying palm leaves or branches. I  love the part when the priest go around to bless the leaves with holy water. I remember making crosses out of the palm leaves with my siblings afterwards as a keepsake. But not until I was an adult that I truly appreciate the Bible stories and why Jesus was riding donkey instead of a horse. The use of a donkey is highly symbolic which represents the humble arrival of Jesus in peace. My son is only 2 yrs and 5 months old; but hopefully, introducing these stories will allow him to understand the stories earlier than I did.

 

“PALM SUNDAY THEME” 3rd week of March 2018
CORE CURRICULUM MONDAY TUESDAY FRIDAY
1. Readiness Skill
a)Colors review colors- black, pink, white, brown
b)Shapes review shapes- oval, diamond, star, crescent, square, rectangle
c)Letters/Phonics N,O
2. Science
a) Body Parts hands, feet,
b) Animals narwhal, octopus
3. Arithmetic 1 to 5
4. Writing straight line (painting)
5. Music one little finger
6. Social studies review his name, know name of dad
7. Arts and crafts footprints in a palm tree
8. Physical Ed
a)Fine motor straw and kitchen paper rolls
b)Gross motor obstacle – foamnasium, waffle block to crawl
9. Additional:
a) Bible Jesus entry in Jerusalem/pray Jesus entry in Jerusalem/pray Jesus entry in Jerusalem/pray
b) Manner
c) Personal Care brush teeth
d) Reading at night Little Owl’s Night
e) Field Trips weekends go to church and bring the art 
f) Snack Ideas brown foods

Figure A. Teaching colors with magnetic fishing rod.

Figure B. Teaching shapes with Play Doh shape cutters.

Figure C. Teaching letters by filling up letters N and O (both uppercase and lowercase) with shredded papers.

Figure D. Teaching body parts

Figure E. Teaching animals – Narwhal

Figure F. Teaching animals – Octopus

monday

1. READINESS SKILLS

Colors

We cut out pink, white, black and brown foam papers into square shapes and attached paper clips on each one of them (Figure A). My son and I reviewed the colors first and then I showed him how to use the magnetic fishing pole to “catch” the foam papers. The magnetic fishing rod that we used is from his  “Melissa and Doug’s Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game”. This is a creative way to encourage hand and eye coordination as well as fine motor skills. Supervision is required here all the time since toddlers can remove the paper clips easily.

Shapes

I divided a construction paper into six different sections to accomodate six different shapes, which are star, square, oval, diamond, crescent and rectangle (Figure B). My son and I reviewed the shapes first before we played the matching game. We used his Play Doh shape cutters to match the shapes in the paper.

Letters

We used the N and O (both uppercase and lowercase) letter print outs from thisreadingmama’s alphabet pack (Figure C). We glued shredded papers into the print outs after reviewing letters Nn and Oo and identifying the objects in the paper.

2. SCIENCE

Body Parts

We identified the body parts from Figure D.

Animals

There are so many creative ways to teach animals to our little kids. For narwhal (Figure E), I cut the template from dltk-teach.com website and I helped my son to glue the pieces together. For the octopus (Figure F), which is a mommy project, I just formed a construction paper into a cylinder shape, cut out the lower part to form tentacles, added the eyes with a white paper.

wednesday

1. ARITHMETIC

To incorporate teaching Palm Sunday, my son and I counted his cut out footprints and taped those in the window to form a “palm tree”.

2. WRITING

For the next weeks, I want to focus on tracing straight lines before teaching him how to trace numbers and letters. Since my son enjoys painting, we painted straight lines (Figure H).

3. MUSIC

I placed his Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table (Figure I) in our living room and just allowed him to freely play with it whenever he wants to.

To reinforce learning body parts, we sang “Heads, shoulders, knees and toes” nursery rhyme.

Head and shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes
Head and shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes
And eyes and ears
And mouth and nose
Head and shoulders knees and toes
Knees and toes

Figure G. Counting 1 to 5 footprints to form a palm tree

Figure H. Tracing straight lines with paint

Figure I. Teaching music – Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table

Figure J. Palm tree art with the use of footprints.

Figure K. Creating pipes for developing fine motor skills

Figure L. Gross motor skills – played “monkey in the middle”

Friday

1. SOCIAL STUDIES

 For teaching his name, I just repeatedly asked him for his name. Whenever he says “daddy”, I am just continually adding “daddy and the name of his dad”. This will be an activity that needs to be reviewed weekly.

2. ARTS AND CRAFTS

To create a palm tree for Palm Sunday observance, we created a palm tree solely from his footprints (Figure J)

3. PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Fine Motor Skills

 Since my son played with the clock art (from March, 1st week) and ripped the parts apart, I recycled the clock stand which are three kitchen paper rolls to act as a pipe. I attached those rolls to his vacuum cleaner toy (Figure K). We placed orange, yellow and red bowls to “catch” the matching straws that goes through the pipes.

Gross Motor Skills

My husband, myself and my son played “monkey in the middle” game (Figure L). There are different versions but the way we played this game was my husband and I were throwing balls to each other while my son was happily chasing the ball back and forth.

ADDitional

1. BIBLE

We showed him how Jesus entered Jerusalem in the Bible for observing Palm Sunday (Figure M).

2. MANNER AND PERSONAL CARE

Since my son already loves brushing his teeth (and playing with the faucet), I just kept on encouraging him to independently do it.

 3. READING

To start introducing Easter Sunday,  I let my husband read my son the easter theme book (Figure N) because it is in German.

Figure M. Kid’s Bible

Figure N. Easter theme book

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