L and E are 30 months old.
I wanted to recap some of the random activities we did this week that don't really belong in their own blog post. This week was a good combination of structured activities and free play, as I tried out some new preschool curriculum ideas.
It was our first week of RightStart Math, Level A, lessons 1-4. We did a lot of grouping, sorting, and playing with adding and subtracting quantities (up to five). I tried to incorporate these skills into the various games we were playing. The best part was when I was working on my computer and the girls were playing on their own and I heard L say to E: "If I have three apples, and Mommy takes one away, how many apples do I have? Two!" Here are some pictures of the girls building geometric shapes from stir-sticks and using them to tally:
We also started KinderBach this week. It is a beginning music program that teaches young children basics like rhythm and pitch, and some early piano skills. The girls really love it, and I'm glad they get to do something musical while we're on a break from Kindermusik classes (I'm keeping the family home this winter until Baby H gets a bit older). Here are all three kids (I tried to get a picture of them dancing, but it didn't work out):
Other physical activities we've been doing include jumping over brooms and mops. I chant 'E be nimble, E be quick, E jump over the broomstick', and then she jumps over. We even propped a broom up on cups for an extra challenge:
Then the girls decided to walk on the cups like stilts - they said they were ice-skating:
They constantly experiment with new ways to move their bodies:
We definitely found a good daily rhythm this week and really had an enjoyable time.
Check out the Tot School link below to see what other tots are learning this week: