Sunday, 12 August 2018

Teaching Sentence Writing

I would like to share some of our activities that I did initially to encourage my little one to write sentences.

Silly sentences

        Being an ESL, we started with simple sentences.  I kept three bowls for noun, verb, and adverbs. Initially, I used only the adverbs of time to check whether she can make sentences in all tenses.  She has to take cards from each bowl and make sentences accordingly.  This activity is really funny and my daughter loves it.

Picture cards

                   I keep picture cards in a bowl and my daughter has to take picture cards from the bowl and constructs sentences. She used to write at least five sentences per day in her writing notebook.


  For practicing punctuation, I used ‘Edit a sentence’ – a daily activity suggested by Montessori for everyone. I write sentences without punctuation and incorrect capitalization, my daughter has to correct it.  Sometimes I write dialogues from her favorite books. She loves to find which book it is from.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Geometry Fun : Angles

We learnt about angles the other day and I wanted to share those activities we did.

I hope nomenclature cards are the easy way to introduce any concepts and names of new things. I made these cards and my little one created the angles using Geometry sticks. You can download the nomenclature cards here.

I wanted to find a way to practice angles. I made this game and kids played it both as indoor game and outdoor game. They enjoyed it a lot. You won’t believe my little one is good at angles now. You can download the template here.

Here is another activity to practice angles. I found this activity here . My little one wrote the names in grid paper, mark all the acute angles red, obtuse angles green and right angles violet. Then, she learnt to use the protractor to find the values.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bird Adaptations

This week, we explored all about birds - feathers, beaks and claws adaptation of birds. I explained how adaptations help an organism to survive. 

We started with feathers. We identified down feathers and flight feathers from our feather collections.

To explain how birds have different types of beaks and the kind of food they eat, I used
1.     Straw to represent the beak of humming bird
2.     Scissor to represent the beak of eagle
3.     Pliers to represent the beak of parrot
4.     Tooth pick to represent the beak of kingfisher
5.     Spoon to represent the beak of a duck ( I don’t have a slotted spoon)
6.     Coffee filter to represent the beak of pelican

I made these cards to go with it. You can download it here.

We also talked about the shapes of claws and how birds have different foot according to their habitat and food habits.

Note: Please let me know, if there is any mistakes in the nomenclature cards.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Human Body: The Internal Organs

Children love to learn anything when they have a realistic model. This week, I want to share our activities on Human Anatomy.

I wanted to make a four part Nomenclature cards to go with the ‘squishy human body model’.  I downloaded the three part cards from here, and make the definition cards separately. My little one matched the picture and name, placed the corresponding organ, and read the information card.

The model is really good.  My little one enjoyed taking the organs out and reassembling it.
If you want, you can download my definition cards here.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Observational Drawing for Children

My daughter is good at drawing cartoon images.  But, realistic drawing is her recent obsession.  We watched several videos on realistic drawing. It didn’t help her much. I read the article of Dr.Marvin Bartel – ‘Teaching Observation Drawing to Young Children’ recently.  He has written the importance of observation art, how to teach kids to practice drawing effectively, and to help them draw more realistically. 

In observational drawing, children observe the color, shapes, pattern and shadows of the object, and draw what they see.  They notice the details and practice drawing.  This observation skill will surely help them improving concentration and seeing things in different perspectives.

Here are some art works of my little one.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Rowing our Favourite Story: The Milk Moustache

It has been years since we did any Five in a row activity. you have to do activities on literature, art, math, science and social studies one per day.  This is called rowing a story. Recently, we read ‘The Milk Moustache’ and it has become one of the favorite books of my little one. It’s a very simple story by Chef.Vikas khanna.  Children of a village refuse to drink milk, and it upsets a cow named Kali.  Jassi, the local milk man’s daughter, and Kali’s best friend found a way to end this strike and made Kali happy again.



 We buy milk from the milk man who comes around 7AM.  I asked my little one to watch his measuring cups, and how he measures with the three cups 500ml, 200ml and 100ml.  Then, we had a puzzle session like,

                  How will he measure 300ml?
            How will he measure 700ml?
                    How about 1l?
                2 cups of 500ml
4                 Let us assume that he has only two cups- the  500ml cup and the 200ml cup, how will he  measure 300ml?
                200ml+ ½ of it (I was expecting the grownup’s answer like 500ml – 200ml. :D)
She likes these puzzles very much and started asking her dad similar questions.

Language Work

 The author introduces the characters as Kali the cow, Rang the butterfly and Sur the nightingale, and it helped us to learn about common nouns and proper nouns.  My little one learnt that the proper nouns should be capitalized, and the common nouns are generally preceded by the article or article+adjective. We arranged this using the story characters and few cartoon characters.


My little one drew this cow.


My little one loves paneer.  So, we made some paneer (richotta cheese), and I told her the science behind the curdling process. She learnt that the protein in milk called casein curdles when the lemon juice is added in the hot boiling milk.

Social Studies

I told her about Mr. Verghese Kurien the father of the white revolution (1970) in India.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Plurals of nouns

My little one loves miniatures and I love collecting (or making) them.  These tiny objects are especially very useful in language study – Alphabet object trays for phonics study, introducing grammar and sentence analysis.  I used objects in introducing singular-plurals of nouns. Here are few glimpses of our work.