2 year old curriculum

mardi gras

Most of the time we don’t associate Mardi Gras with kids. However, there are alloted parades for families wherein kids can also enjoy looking at the beautiful floats. And it is a great time to teach color purple, green and gold (orange in this week’s curriculum). Just look at all those beads! Throwing beads from the floats during Mardi Gras parades is a tradition however people also throw stuffed animals and toys. Some people also loves to celebrate through masquerade balls wherein they wear costumes and masks. That sounds so much fun, isn’t it? And that is why for our week’s art and craft, we are going to create our home made Mardi Gras mask.  Just a fun fact as well, do you know that Mardi Gras actually means “Fat Tuesday” in French and the next day is always “Ash Wednesday”? And now we know. Alright, below is the February 2nd week curriculum. Have fun mommas with your little kids!

 

“MARDI GRAS THEME” 2nd week of February 2018
CORE CURRICULUM MONDAY TUESDAY FRIDAY
1. Readiness Skill
a)Colors purple, green, orange
b)Shapes diamond, rectangle
c)Letters/Phonics D,E
2. Science
a) Body Parts shoulder, knees and elbows
b) Animals dolphin, eagle
3. Arithmetic 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Writing trace E, straight line
5. Music piano, wheels of the bus
6. Social studies know kitchen and bathroom
7. Arts and crafts Mardi Gras Mask
8. Physical Ed
a)Fine motor peel cut banana
b)Gross motor use the foamnasium
9. Additional:
a) Bible God made flower and trees/ pray God made flower and trees/ pray God made flower and trees/ pray
b) Manner remind to say thank you and clean up toys remind to say thank you and clean up toys remind to say thank you and clean up toys
c) Personal Care washes hands before eating washes hands before eating washes hands before eating
d) Reading at night Waddle (book of the week) Waddle (book of the week) Waddle (book of the week)
e) Field Trips weekends Mardi Gras Family Parade
f) Snack Ideas eat something, purple, green and/or  orange; use green and orange utensils eat something, purple, green and/or  orange; use green and orange utensils eat something, purple, green and/or  orange; use green and orange utensils
Figure A. Color sorting using bristle blocks and construction papers
Figure B. Shapes – tracing diamond and rectangle with cut out straws
Figure C. Letters – LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Magnetic Letter Set
Figure D. Learn animals that start with D, E such as dolphin and eagle using books

monday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Phonics & reading:

COLORS

My son loves any matching and sorting games. So for this week, we matched the colors of the bristle blocks with the construction papers (Figure A). But as always, I would have to demonstrate how to do it in the beginning. Also, before playing this game, I asked him “what is this color?” for both the bristle blocks and the construction paper.

SHAPES

We traced the rectangle and diamond printout with some cut out straws (Figure B). But firstly, I asked him while pointing in the print out “what is this shape?”. I also asked him “what is the color of the straw?”. With this activity, we tackled the shapes and colors of the week. Tracing with the straws correctly took some time for my son since he is not familiar with this exercise. But after showing him how to do it several times, he gladly played with the straws himself.

LETTERS

Similar to last week’s activity, we utilized one of my son’s toys which is the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics Letter Magnetic Set (Figure C). I asked him “what is this letter” while showing him letters D and E. We also reviewed letters A,B, and C.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Science:

BODY PARTS

In addition to teaching shoulders, we included last week’s body parts which are knees and elbows for review. I normally try to teach him body parts whenever he is taking a bath. I show him where my shoulders are located and then I asked him “where is your shoulders?”. Once he showed me where his shoulders are, we go ahead and wash it.

ANIMALS

Reading books at night is a daily activity for us. I just made sure that this week, we read books that contain dolphin and eagle (Figure D).

wednesday

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Arithmetic:

For math, we counted 4 ducks. You can use any animals thst start with D or E to re-emphasize the letters for this week. I printed out 2 copies of ducks (Figure E). I cut out the ducks from one copy and then used the other copy for matching game. I let him identify the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 from the cut outs first. Then one by one, i asked him to place the cut out ducks, starting from #1,  into the other print out.

 

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Writing:

Tracing straight lines are normally introduced during age 2 while zigzag and curve are introduced on age 3. And that is the reason why I only chose tracing letters and numbers that includes straight lines. For this week, we learned how to trace straight line and letter E (Figure 1F and 2F). Since my little boy is still learning this particular activity, he needed my assistance all the time.

 

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Music:

We actually have a couple small piano toys, and so I just lined these in the living room and allowed my son to play with piano toys (Figure G).

We sang the wheels of bus with actions. Below is the lyrics and actions:

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round,
round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town.
(Roll hands around each other)

 

The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish;
Swish, swish, swish.
The wipers on the bus go Swish, swish, swish,
all through the town.
(“Swish” hands in front of you like windshield wipers)

 

The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep;
Beep, beep, beep.
The horn on the bus goes Beep, beep, beep,
all through the town.
(Slap palm in front of you like honking a horn)

 

The doors on the bus go open and shut;
Open and shut;
Open and shut.
The doors on the bus go open and shut;
all through the town.
(Push hands back and forth in front of you)

 

The Driver on the bus says “Move on back,
move on back, move on back;”
The Driver on the bus says “Move on back”,
all through the town.
(Point thumb over your shoulder)

 

The babies on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah;
Wah, wah, wah”.
The babies on the bus says “Wah, wah, wah”,
all through the town.
(Rub fists in front of eyes)

The mommies on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush;
Shush, shush, shush.”
The mommies on the bus says “Shush, shush, shush”
all through the town.
(Hold index finger in front of mouth as if saying shhh)

Figure E. Arithmetic – counting four ducks
Figure 1F. Writing – tracing straight lines
Figue 2F. Writing – tracing letter E
Figure G. Music – piano
Figure H. Arts – Mardi Gras mask using handprints
Figure I. Banana peeling for improving fine motor skills
Figure J. Use of the foamnasium gymnasium to improve gross motor skill

Friday

Social studies:

For this week, I wanted him to identify where the kitchen and the bathroom are located. Whenever it is time to prepare for lunch or dinner, I always mention to him that “mama has to go the kitchen now, okay, I have to prepare for our lunch or dinner”. And whenever I have to bathe or brush his teeth, I always tell him “okay, time to brush teeth or bathe in the bathroom”.

Arts and Crafts:

Since we currently live in the southwest part of country, we are very familiar with Mardi Gras. Both my husband and I love this celebration. We love the floats, beads being thrown away to the parade’s audience and the mask. This is by far my most favorite art that we have done. I cut out my son’s handprints in a cardboard and covered it with a purple and green construction papers. Pasted the two handprints with a glue/ tape and then attached a straw to act as a handle. To make the mask a little bit festive, we added some star  stickers on the edge of the handprints and also glued the orange flame-like  decor.

Physical Education:

FINE MOTOR SKILLS

I had been eating banana every midnight when I was pregnant; it somehow prevented me from nausea. And now that my little boy is born, it is one of the fruits that is truly a mainstay in our home.  By just cutting the bananas into smaller pieces and allowing the kids peel the skin by themselves is a simple way of improving their fine motor skills (Figure I).

GROSS MOTOR SKILLS

My son loves sliding in the playground ever since the very first time my husband and I brought him there. We wanted to buy him a safe slide for home use and found the foamnasium gymnasium (Figure J). The soft material of foamnasium is perfect since my son was only a year old during that time. And as my husband and I predicted, my sweet little boy loved this gymnasium! Now that he is older, he still uses it but for walking down instead of sliding. And so for this week’s exercise to improve his gross motor skill, I let him play, walk and run a little with the sliding part of the foamnasium.

ADDitional

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Bible:

We are learning this week that God made trees and flowers. Whenever we are driving, we are pointing at the trees and flowers and saying that these are made by God. We also pray and thank God at night for creating flowers and trees. Additionally, we read the kid’s Bible (Figure K) at night about the Creation of God.

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Manner and Personal Care:

Sometimes, it is a challenge for my son to clean up his toys after playing. He is a very active boy and most of the time when he is done playing with a particular toy, he will just go immediately running around the house. I started teaching my son to clean up his toys after dinner, so at least once a day we can practice this activity.

Another current challenge is washing hands before eating a meal. Another trick that we are doing right now is leaving a cup in a sink. This way I can open the faucet and he can fill up the plastic cup with water, and he can wash his hands by himself (or play with the cup of water, either way!).

Here are some simple and fun ways to teach Reading at night:

I always look forward at the end of the day because my son is really enjoying reading right now and I am taking advantage of this. As a mom, this makes me happy. So, we typically read a lot before sleeping. Athough I make sure that we read at least one book slowly, page by page. And for this week, it is the “Waddle” by Rufus Seder (Figure L).

 

Weekend Field Trips:

For this week, we went to a local destination with castles for kids. We recently watched Beauty and the Beast (with Emma Watson), yes we did but I fast forwarded the scary parts. But he learned the castle from that movie and he had a blast saying castle in this week’s field trip!

 

Food Ideas:

Green food ideas: spinach, green bell pepper, broccoli, green beans, lettuce, celery, peas

Purple food ideas: eggplant, figs, prunes, plums

Orange food ideas: oranges, grapefruits, peeled butternutsquash, carrot, orange bell pepper, sweet potato, papaya

Figure K. Kid’s Bible
Figure L. Book of the Week – Waddle by Rufus Seder

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