Sunday, April 29, 2012

May Plans- Plant and Flower Theme

We're back!!!!
We have moved and unpacked. It was an exhausting process but it is over and hopefully we will be here a long time! In the mean time we are ready to get back to our Structured Play time! I have decided to change things around a bit. I had been doing our 30 minute/ 1 hour Structured Play time in the late afternoon. That worked for over a year but as Jacob grows and changes I feel the need to make some changes to our schedule. We will start our Structured Play time in the morning during the baby's morning nap. I think this will work better on a couple of accounts; in the morning Jacob will be more focused and we will not be distracted by the baby.

I want to reiterate a few points before the download:
1. My plans are not meant to be completed in any specific order. Each day is different and Structured Play time should be a fun learning experience. Pick an activity or activities that fit the mood of your child for that day.
2. Practice activities more than once because repetition is key to gaining new skills.
3. READ, READ, READ- Read everyday and reread stories to allows your child to 'read' the books themselves. This is the first step in literacy.
4. Walk Away- Try to keep Structured Play time FUN. If things get frustrating to you or your child, walk away and pick up where you left off the next day. Remember it is Structured PLAY, you are not preparing for SAT Exams. Enjoy every minute! 

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