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letter school – p

Last weeks’s letter was P and girls had a week off – spring waiting Holiday.
Unfortunately, Katrina got ill, so most of the time we spent home doing different kind of letter P related activities, some of Eastern DIY (greeting cards, E decorations) and we also started preparing for Katrina’s birthday party (invitations, decorations etc.).
 
Letter p recognition, related words and pictures
 

 

Fine motor skill activity with tweezer (p for Latvian pincete)
LO sorted pompoms (easy peasy), but Katrina at the same time sorted out the pieces of mosaic. Katrina’s task was quite challenging – using tweezers she sorted out all the small pieces. I must say you have to have patients to do that and she did it just great. LO also had a go at it and immediately said: Next time, mum
 

 
DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
DIY mouse for pen or pencil (p for Latvian pele/ mouse). Printable pattern and instructions on Martha Stewart’s website here.
We made it together with Katrina whilst LO was in after school activities with dad. Actually it was her idea to make a surprise for her sister, cute isn’t it?
p.s. Katrina’s first time using glue gun :)
 


 
We also had a home made exhibition where we exhibited beans, peas and lentils (p for Latvian pupas/ beans). An intro in the world of legumes (p for Latvian pākšaugi/ legumes). Plus another fine motor skill activity – sorting legumes with chopsticks, spoons and hands afterwards.
 

 
Some paper crafts (p for Latvian puķupods/ flowerpot and capital p)
 

 
On of the favorite letter p activities was dropper art (p for Latvian pincete/drooper. U will need:
dropper
paper towel
food colourings
water
little bowls/cups/glasses for water colouring
 
This task has three parts:
water filling from one dish to another using dropper (great for fine motor skill);
 

colouring the water and making an art on the paper towel;
 

 
and finally girls created their own activity mixing colours in the glass.
 

 
Shaving foam sensory tube
It’s a bit messy but totally worth it. They had so much fun revealing mum’s hidden treasures in the clouds of foam :)
U will need shaving foam, something to hide (beans, mosaic pieces, buttons (p for Latvian pogas/ buttons) and a proper place to play (summer+garden). I used trays to protect our work space.

Rope creation activity

Food entertainment: p for Latvian pica/ pizza. We had a pizza cooking evening where Kristaps and girls were preparing pizzas. The funny thing about it is that they are more than happy to be participating in the food making process, but not always in the eating process. In fact their pizza’s are usually without any toppings and sometimes not even properly baked.. We are working hard to expand their daily menu’s…
 

letter school – z

Finally, winter in The Hague :) We couldn’t resist skipping school and staying outside almost all day long enjoying the snow and filling our lungs with fresh winter air …

We started already at 8 a.m., when the night was still behind the window and at the end of the day it wasn’t easy to get them in, at least to drink some hot tea before becoming real ice girls.

 

 

This week I chose to teach the letter z (ziema – winter) to celebrate the Dutch two weeks winter :)

We did a lot of interesting activities.

 

 

 

 

Sorting peas with chopsticks, spoons and hands at the end… LO is always about tasting :) Good practical activity to improve fine motor skils.

 

 

One of the funniest is our secret box exercise of z, in which u put all things u can find in the house, that are related to the letter z. Then, you put on a blindfold and grab one item out of the box and guess: what is it?

Use all your senses to find out what is in your hands. In time, you will see how they’ll (your senses) improve.

 

 

 

letter school – č – sssneaks

after moving to the hague, i had three big challenges:

 

1. to learn dutch. so far so good, thus we are trying to spend as much time as possible playing in parks and playgrounds with local kids. we are also attending dance classes and watching a lot of cartoons in dutch. we are learning english too – local environment is quite international ☺

 

2. to choose our daughters education path. katrina is currently attending john f. kennedy School, and Lo, 4x a week, prinsehaghe preschool. both are based on the montessori teaching methods.

 

3. and quite obviously to keep learning latvian. based on montessori principles and my creative journey, i’ve started our home letter school.

 

every week we pick a letter to be learned. we have already learned h, u, l, k, ķ, r (pictures coming up).

 

last week’s letter was “č” – čūska (snake), čiekuri (fir cones)