This link contains the instructions on how I make my Craft Foam tiles.
This year, it is all about homemade Christmas gifts. Also, to make high quality presents on the cheap that are flexible and are usable across a wide age range.
I found the original Guess Who to be a bit on the Caucasian side. So, I made my own very diverse group of characters with My Little Pony!
Using an Ikea Magnet Board that I already had, I created this oversized grand staff and magnetic music symbols. She does not like the “workbook” approach to learning music. She is too busy trying to create her own. So, why not follow her lead!
Of course, as with anything we do, we keep it real. We utilized an old box from the garage to make a makeshift easel which is barely holding up that heavy magnetic board. I suggest buying a magnetic dry erase board or use an old rectangle sheet pan for baking. The pans are usually magnetic too!
For my child, the concept of 5 pennies in a nickel didn’t make any sense. Where did they go? I soon realized she was right. There are not 5 pennies in a nickel and she was right. There are however, 5 cents, the abstract meaning of the coin, within the nickel just as the penny equals 1 cent. Well, explaining cents to a young child isn’t going to happen, yet. So, why not make the abstract concept concrete with blocks. I found these awesome centimeter linking blocks, a 1000 for less than $20, which are working perfectly for learning money.
My child earns money for her schoolwork and chores. She gets paid in blocks, assembles them into 10s, 5s, and the remaining ones. Then, she converts those blocks to dollars and coins. For handwriting practice, she must write the amount on her tally when she places her money into the jar. This method of doing math turns a Long Vowel E phonics lesson into a detailed math lesson.
I hope this coin equivalency poster will help your little one out as well!
My little one has the desire to play Let It Go from the movie Frozen. As with anything, you must walk before you run which she is learning. While she will sit for hours with youtube videos teaching how to play Let It Go, she clearly is struggling and getting frustrated. It is her choice, not mine. To help her out and prevent frustration to the point of giving up, I am encouraging her to play some songs for her sister. I have added Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to the mix. It is really fascinating to see how, within a month, she is playing with both hands and even figuring out chords without any formal lessons. In a year, if she is still showing interest and progress, we will hire a professional piano instructor. For now, I am enjoying learning how to play music and reading sheet music too!