Monthly Archives: April 2015

Activities Schedule Pt. 2

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Since each child is different, they will learn and experience things in their own way. This sample activity schedule is different from the one I posted because it is catered to ages 1-2. Though it may not seem like a big difference, children develop very fast. Even a six month difference will be a huge gap in development! This schedule was made to develop fine motor skills and allow the children to experience age-friendly art activities. I am including a sample activity schedule along with all the documents needed to complete them. Additionally, please find some helpful hints and advice for each day of the week. Hope you and your little ones enjoy!

Sample Activity Schedule

Foot coloring page

Fox coloring page

Letter book – A

Letter book – C

Letter C coloring page – cat

Letter puzzle – A

Paper Bag Puppet – Cow

Shapes coloring page

Shapes

 

HELPFUL HINTS AND ADVICE

Monday – Use the link to find the alligator song

Make a snapping motion (like the Florida Gator chomp) as you listen to the song. Run around “chomping” and show them how to “chomp”.

Tuesday – For the snack used for the learning time activity, use goldfish or some other snack they love!

Wednesday – Follow the Leader should be a big hit! For the letter F handout, they do not have to write (obviously). Focus on saying the word as they color and emphasizing the letter F.

Thursday – For Gross Motor Skills, if you do not have any empty two liter bottles, just find something for them to knock down. The objective is to get them to throw and aim, that’s all.

Friday – Everything is pretty self-explanatory here!

SUPPLIES FOR THE WEEK:

Crayons/Markers

Glue

Paper bag

Empty 2-liter bottles (2)

Scissors

Stapler

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Activities Schedule

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If you are able to stay at home with your children, I believe that you have been given a gift! Most women devote themselves to providing for their families and are not able to stay home with their children. Those who are able to remain with their little ones should try to make the most of the time. I have recently tried to make an activity schedule for my daughter so that she can learn and have fun simultaneously. I want her to be exposed to the things that a daycare would offer her, such as coloring activities, reading books that match the topic of the day, and crafts. Not everyone is endowed with the ability to come up with wonderful, engaging, and educational ideas to do at home; this is where the internet comes into play. I think that structure and education is very important for children, especially toddlers. I feel that this will let the child know what is coming next and make learning easier and fun. I am so proud of how far my daughter has come and want to continue to enrich her mind, so why not have fun while doing it?!

There is a great site called ABC Teach where parents and teachers are able to download all kinds of forms. ABC Teach is a great starting point, as they offer several printable documents for a range of ages and topics! You can find age appropriate activities to fit your child by setting the age group you need in the search options. The activity schedule that I created is for one week and each day focuses on a certain topic. Each topic has a fun activity and an educational one. I also go the public library and find books that match the topic of the day. I can access my public library’s catalog from home and do a search of the topic. I write down the necessary information and then find the books at the library. If you do not have the time to do this, you can definitely use the books you already have at home!

Below you can find a sample activity schedule for a toddler and the link to the site ABC teach*. I have included all the documents that you would need to complete all the activities listed in the schedule. Hope you and your little ones enjoy!

*Please note, I only use the free documents of ABC teach, but the site offers a multitude of documents for their members. For a fee, you would have access to ALL the site has to offer! ABC Teach Website


 

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT!

Activity Schedule Week 1

connect the dots fish

counting shapes

fish coloring page

Number Book 1-5

penguin counting page

puerto rican flag coloring page

trace and color fish

Living for the Moment

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Living for the Moment

I recently watched Aziz Ansari’s stand-up comedy special and was surprised. It was kind of funny, but I found it a bit deep. Aziz was hilarious as Tom Haverford, a shallow, whiny, annoying, and lazy employee on Parks and Recreation. This side of Aziz was a bit different; he was analyzing life, love, relationships, and awkward situations. One topic jumped out at me. Aziz was discussing how people today do not like to make decisions. He said, (not verbatim), “We are a generation of shitty people. We never want to make plans or commit to anything because we are always worried that we will miss something better. We are constantly worried that we are giving up on the best possible option”. I thought this was very insightful.

No longer do we call up a friend, invite them to lunch, set a time and date, show up on time, and truly spend time with that person. Now, the process is setting an idea out there, that we may get together, sometime in the near future. Or, we maybe are up to having a night on the town, but we won’t be completely sure until 5 minutes before we are ready to leave. And, if two people do get together, there are a lots of pictures taken…of the place and food.

What happened to going somewhere and truly enjoying it? Let us attempt to look at things without the lens of a camera. Yes, it is always nice to capture those special moments, but I believe that we are so caught up trying to capture the amazing points in our life that we miss them! Make memories and quit worrying about the filter you are going to use on your Instagram.

More and more we are seeing signs on restaurants telling us to put our phones down, and talk to one another. I also read an article about the change in restaurant service since the birth of smartphones. There was a survey done that compared the quality of food, service, and experience in the year 2001 to an evaluation done in 2010 by examining video footage. Sending food back, stating there was poor service, and the overall experience of the restaurant all were factors that were higher in 2010 than it was in 2001. The video footage showed more people taking several pictures of themselves and their entrees for several minutes, causing the food to get cold, making the patrons send the food back. It showed people so engrossed in their phones that they did not even acknowledge a server coming up to them to make sure their experience was going well; this resulted in low scores poor service and restaurant experience.

I am not suggesting that everyone goes off the grid and banishes technology from their lives. The use of technology is a major part of our lives, making everything more streamline and readily available. I am simply suggesting that we cut down a little. Save some special memories for yourself instead of sharing it with the entire social media circus. Go on excursions that will make new stories and memories without worrying about what you could potentially be missing. Focus on the now and devote yourself to being a great listener, an enthusiastic participant, and a welcomed conversationalist! Live life for yourself and the ones you love.


“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt