Monthly Archives: May 2012

Puppet Theater!

I have wanted for a long time to make a place for a puppet theater. There are lots of options: use an old box, a doorway with a pressure rod, etc. I wanted to post some ideas here and see if I can get this done and if Abby would like to work with me on it.  What do you say, Abby!?!?!

Here are some examples that I think are cool, but we can design whatever we like!

ABOVE: This is from a set of patterns that could be really fun – go here.
 Above: More here.
ABOVE: Shadow puppets! More here.

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Investing in games

I just read this post on Sew Liberated that talks about games for 3 year olds.  I think these would all be great for Dashiell, but the Busytown one sounds ideal– he LOVES to do the “searches” in his High 5 magazine and the game is a searching game.

He is less interested in the memory game– but he seems to really enjoy the memory games on the iphone…. And he is digging candyland.

Esme has been enjoying fitting things together the last few weeks. I think we should focus on puzzle play with her.  We have a lot of puzzles– most of them are in her toy chest.  Perhaps we can just rotate them or find a better place to keep some downstairs too.  In particular, she has been interested in putting the wooden train track together. She also likes the little plastic pieces with the letters– they are in a ziplock with the other games downstairs.

Is there anything else we want to purchase or invest in for them for the coming months? Sometimes I forget how their preferences change and that they need some new toys now and then.

Learning to Read and Write

Dashiell is making great strides toward reading! His interest in really knowing what each word is seems to have really upticked.

One thing I have been hoping to do is create a “writing” center for the kids: a place where they can sit down and put pen to paper with purpose.  I have gathered some examples of the supplies and spaces we might like to bring together.
Sew Liberated’s writing center
And a “round up” of writing centers on Playful Learning

Jeremy and I will be getting together on the June 9th to make some more detailed plans about homeschooling and reading and writing is a high priority.

Video games for D&E

Jeremy and I have set aside June 9th as a day that we will start to get organized about homeschooling.  High on the list is managing Dashiell’s persistent ask for iphone video games. We would like to develop some thoughts and guides as to what kinds of games he and Esme can be using at this age.  But we also want some guidelines as to when and how much. Once some guides are established, Abby will be able to do game play with Dashiell and Esme too. Hooray!

Here is one set of recommendations I found recently that I thought was pretty good.  I am going to download some of these for testing: 10 Apps my 3 year old loves. Dashiell is already pretty skilled with the Sid the Science Kid App. He loves it.

Here are some other recommendations and writings on the subject:
Five great websites for preschoolers
There are some great looking downloadable articles here (that i have only skimmed): http://www.parentsguidebooks.com/— such as”Modern Parents Guide to Kids and Video Games” and “Why Video Games are good for you.”