I have lots of pictures to share with you this week. We were busy with more exploration of art materials and colors. This week was all about toddler accomplishments. Sicily accomplished a lot of our goals through exploring new materials and skills.
Light is a fascinating object to little ones, and it’s all around them to explore. We use light every day. Providing opportunities to explore objects with different lights is a great way to build on exploration skills. We use an overhead projector, the sun, a window, and our DIY light table to explore with light.
This week was full of explorations! We also attempted painting with yellow for the next page of our color book. I tried fingerpaint and painting with a roller brush. Sicily had nothing to do with either activity, so I’m still trying to get a yellow page. Maybe next week!
Welcome to my new series, Effortless Provocations. I’m hoping to share some simple provocations with you every third Wednesday.
Provocations are invitations to play or create. They should provoke your child to play with the materials you set out. A provocation is more than just laying materials out on the floor or table. It takes careful consideration of materials and the placement of those materials in order to draw the child into the area.
You cannot walk into my house more than 2 feet without stepping on a book. Sicily’s new thing is to stack all the books she can find on my lap, add herself to the pile, and ask me to “eed” (read). She would be perfectly content to sit like this all day and read the same books over and over and OVER again!
Sit back and imagine this…
You’re sitting on the couch watching your favorite show when all of a sudden you hear a crash and “uh-oh” coming from the kitchen. Part of you wants to see what happened, but you know better. If you go in there, it will be a huge mess waiting for YOU to clean it up. …
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I’ve had my eye on a learning tower for quite some time, but have always found them to be way too expensive. However, you can find them on Amazon for about $100, like this one.
But I still wasn’t comfortable spending that much on a learning tower. That’s when I came across a picture of a homemade learning tower. It was so simple and more than half the cost of the original learning tower.
This week was our first week back from vacation, and I couldn’t be happier with being back into our routine. The Our Week posts are going to be a new addition to Sicily’s Heart & Home. I get a lot of questions over in my Facebook group about daily routines and the activities we do. I thought a weekly review post would be helpful to many of you. And to make it even simpler, I decided to share our week in pictures.
This week I started introducing colors in a not so formal way. I try to have everything child-led and based on Sicily’s interests. She has been naming every car either black or blue lately, so I thought we might try some colors. I introduced the color red this week, but we didn’t have a formal discussion like “This is red.” I simply laid out red materials and made sure I was continually naming the color of things as we played.
As many of you know, I’m a former teacher. I’ve taught children from 2 years old up until 4th grade, so I thought I knew our approach to early childhood education. But I was so wrong! When I got into the blogging world, I began reading a lot of blogs about homeschooling, early childhood, and specific approaches to education. After reading each post, my mind would be set to teach in that specific way.
Painting…full of messy goodness. At least I think so. Sicily on the other hand had a different opinion. When she was 3 months old, we did our first “painting” experience. As a new mom, I was afraid to let Sicily touch the paint at such a young age, so we finger painted in a bag. She looked at me with those wide eyes like I had 3 heads. Sicily is not easily amused. …