Monday, 17 February 2014

List it Tuesday - Fun with letters

Psst. I have a secret to share. I'm a bit ashamed to admit this, but January wasn't a very good month around here. I realised that everything was in a rut - hubs and my relationship, we were unhappy living in our home (we want to move), but it doesn't look like we will be able to change that soon, and I realised that I was generally in a foul mood pretty much everyday. Housekeeping was neglected, and I became a pretty un-active mom. 

All of these ideas that I had had for entertaining my son, or teaching him anything were written down, and forgotten about as they laid on pieces of paper, gathering dust in a closet. I know kiddo could tell something was ... off. I wanted to spend more time just sitting on the couch, rather than bothering to dust, or fold some laundry. I felt pretty blah, and each time I didn't have the energy to complete yet another thing off of my to-do list, I felt even worse. It became a cycle. 

Honestly, I'm not even sure what it was. Maybe I was starting to feel pretty isolated. I'm a SAHM. I spend every. single. day with a toddler, having conversations about letters, numbers, colours, and use three word sentences the whole day. I spend the day in pajamas/sweats unless I need to go to the store. I haven't painted my nails in about a year. Who has time for that? I don't even know how long my hair is because it is constantly pinned up and away... I swear, the walls are closing in on me... 

I realised I needed to change things in my household. The laundry was really piling up, kiddo needed to be engaged more, and hubs could use a happier wife. 

I needed to make a change in my household, and it needed to start with me. I found some inspiration. Lora from Lora and Layton on youtube has a very cute series called the Happiness Project, where she is working on making changes in her home, and being happier. Another big thing for me was starting to exercise. It's been giving me a wonderful boost of energy that I desperately need. 

Now, let's get to the point: I have been working very hard to turn things around in my home, and feel unbelievably guilty in regards to my son. I know that I was still taking care of him, but I feel like it was a minimum. Now, I'm tryingrto really get active and offer him fun, educational, engaging activities. 

Early letter recognition activities

I mentioned yesterday that we are working on learning/playing with the letter g (Г in Russian)! Now, I offer up a few photos/examples of what we've been doing to make up for this long stream of text. *These examples are in cyrillic script, but the idea is the same. I made up both activities in latin and cyrillic, but hubs is responsible for the latin.

  • Kiddo has a lovely book that goes through the Russian alphabet with examples of animals that start with each letter. Kiddo loves that book, and constantly brings it to me, and we point to the animals and letters as we read it.

  • Let's colour on the letter G 

Can you tell this table is where we craft? It's a DIY project for the future.

  • Letter sensory bin. Cut out several letters different textured items. I used foam, glitter paper, and cardstock. Then add items that start with that letter. We still haven't gotten that far.

  • Kiddo preferred to draw/stamp on these, while saying Ggggga, g, gg, a  few times. 

More crafty Gs

  • Kiddo loves to play with chalk. I drew a large Russian G, and let him erase it with q-tips (an item that recently attracted his attention). He eventually used his hands, but then took my hand, gave me a piece of chalk, and wanted me to draw with him. We drew some more letters. 

Chalk fun

  • Letter crafts. I printed off a large letter and we filled it in with pompoms. We will also be doing this with other little crafty items we have like feathers. 

Caterpillar letters

  • Drive on the letter

  • Painting with foam letters

  • Hide a letter in some playdough

There it is! My attempt to be proactive with the kiddo and work on some fun with letters. I know we are starting this pretty early, but he's enjoying it and showing interest so I am happy with our play-ducation :) Do you have any ideas? I'd love to read about them! 

This week, I am linking up with Angie from Many Little Blessings and Kris from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers for List it Tuesday! 

List it Tuesday at Many Little Blessings and Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Psst! You can follow my Pinterest board: Letters and reading for more ideas! 

Thank you for reading!