I usually write one big "school day" post each week. For some reason, today I am just in the mood to write several little posts instead. Please bear with me :)
Now that we have a reader in the school room and I have started putting pink series materials on the shelf, the language area looks a little different. I took some pictures today so you could see the new layout.
The top shelf holds Me Too's "sound bins." Although, truthfully, Kal-El has been much more interested in these than Me Too. They have been wonderful for solidifying his letter sounds.
Bottom shelf left to right: moveable alphabet and sand tray, botany cabinet, geometric cabinet (not language, but the only place it fits in the room where we don't seem to trip over it).
The second shelf holds all of Kal-El's pink series materials. Each type of activity is in a distinctive box. There will soon be multiple examples of each activity on the shelf. The boxes will be stacked. From left to right: pictures for use with the moveable alphabet, objects for use with the moveable alphabet, objects and labels, pictures and labels (loose), pictures and labels (label on back), "pink secrets," picture cards (with a pocket on the back to hold the labels), single words books, word lists.
I told Kal-El that he could choose anything he wanted off of this shelf at any time. I have not done presentations for everything because I don't believe he needs presentations on everything. I told him to ask me if he had any questions. I did give a presentation on the picture cards. The works are on the shelf in order of increasing difficulty. So far he has chosen the most difficult works first.
I was working on a sound bin with Me Too yesterday and heard Kal-El reading words out loud over my shoulder. He had discovered the single word books and was reading one aloud to himself. These books don't look like much on their own, so I chose a neat little wooden box to collect a few in at a time.
This is how the picture cards look on the shelf. I use napkin holders from the dollar store for storing items upright like this.
On the back of each picture card there is a pocket to hold the labels.
Kal-El asked me to take a picture of this one after he completed it. He does that when he is particularly proud.
I haven't taken pictures of the other works yet because Kal-El hasn't chosen them yet. I will be sure to give you a peek as we work our way through.
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