Thursday, July 14, 2011

Practicing Shapes

This month I took another approach to practicing shapes. Every month I have tried a different activity to inspire Jake to learn his shapes. He just does not show any interest in practicing shapes. This month I took an idea from Annie at The Moffatt Girls.
She created a template of four shapes with 5 colors of each shape. Then cut and laminated out each shape. She taped the black ones on the outside containers and mixed the others up. After that she let her little one sort the shapes into the correct containers. She said her daughter loved this and did great. Jake is about the same age so I thought I would give it a try.
I set up the containers on the floor and added posters behind them. We read a shape book then went to work. Jake showed NO interest even going as far as giving the shapes to me and walking away like, you do it! I was so disappointed and frustrated! Annie's daughter does it why won't my son? Sure every child is different and learns at their own pace but come on! I, of course, did not relay any of this to my son! I just followed his lead and moved on. I did not initiate this activity after our initial introduction but today Jake went to the activity and started PLAYING! I could not believe it! He initiated the activity on his own because he wanted to play and he successfully sorted all the shapes!
I tried to stay un-involved since he went on his own to the activity and knew exactly what to do! He did engage me a few times by putting the wrong shape in a container and smiled and laughed while correcting it. (I am telling you this little guy is going to be the class clown!)
Lessons Learned:
Jake: Sorting shapes into containers
Mom: Introduce a new activity and give him the TIME and INDEPENDENCE to complete it on his terms! He obviously works on his own terms! 
 You learn something new everyday! 
:)

4 comments:

  1. What an AWESOME post! I love how you wrote out your thoughts...so many moms have the same feelings:) I love those posters too! I am your newest follower!
    Annie

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  2. Thanks Annie!! I love your blog!

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  3. Yay! =) Great activity and so glad he gave it a try.

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  4. Great activities! Can I ask where you got your posters? They are great!

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