Latticed Learning - Time

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Welcome back to Latticed Learning!  This year, we're continuing to learn while we play - repeating many of our favorites from the past while adding in all sorts of new activities as well.

This day's post is devoted to our weekly themes - some weeks have more activities than others, but each lesson will be fun for you to explore with your little one!

Read All About It

Tick Tock Clock - we love the cute illustrations in this one, but I'll warn you that your child might walk around repeating, "Tick Tock, Tick Tock!" over and over after you read it...

Today is Monday - to be honest, I've never really been a fan of this title, but Gv loves it and it's simple enough that she can "read" it herself.  Wednesday - ZOOOP!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - colorful, counting, days of the week - this book is a must-have for every home library and is probably one of our top five favorites.

Around the Clock! has fun illustrations and silly associations for each hour of the day.

Telling Time is a good one for just introducing the idea of time and how long some things take.

Tick Tock Clock

Cookie's Week

A Second, a Minute, a Week with Days in It

Days of the Week

Wacky Wednesday

Sing Some Songs

We listened to these selections this week:

We had this song stuck in our heads all week after listening to it a few times.

This song is hard not to sing along to (of course, now I want to pull out the movie to watch!)

Tracks 4 & 11 off of this great album were perfect to listen to and really helped Gv remember the names of the days and months.

Watch Some Videos

We were out and about a bit more than usual this week, so we just headed back over to this great website to learn this song and this one for the months and days.

Play and Create

We did several things to correspond to our topic this week:

We played around with an old learning clock from my classroom:

I found a really cute free printable pack that went along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Gv cut and arranged the story order cards and would even sometimes match the cards up with the pages as she read the story.

We also spent lots of time playing with this number clip game.  

The best way for her to play it at the moment is to lay out all the numbered clothespins, choose a space on the wheel, count the items shown, then find the matching numbered clothespin.

She could only play the game in the reverse direction (choose a clothespin and then look for the matching space on the wheel) for the numbers 1 or 2, which I thought was interesting, development-wise.

I'd thought about dragging out my classroom calendar and setting it up for Gv to use, but quickly realized that it would make more sense to wait a year or so before tackling that project.  (Plus, I was just too lazy to go hunt for it in my teaching bins in the garage!)

I also considered printing out this colorful calendar, just because it would match Gv's rainbow room, but decided to save ink (& also the headache of messing with it each month) for the time being.  

We did use these little preschool chants and I also printed out these cute Months of the Year cards for Gv to put in order and mess around with.

What ended up happening is that we talked about the different months and who had birthdays in each month (she's been really into birthdays lately) and so that's pretty much where her focus was, whenever she played with them.

I took a thick craft stick, colored seven different-colored sections (rainbow colors, of course) and then wrote the days of the week in coordinated colors on seven wooden clothespins.

As she matched up the clothespin to the correct spot (going off of the colors, at this point), I would tell her the names of the days, usually followed by our singing of the Happy Days song, or another days of the week ditty.

Finally, I'd planned to create this colorful rainbow spinner since Gv is beginning to grasp the concept of "yesterday, today & tomorrow," but I just never got around to it.

I like that idea better than what I used with my classroom calendar, so whenever I do break down and drag that mess out, I'll be creating this fun tool to go along with it.

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