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Ranganayaki Srinivas
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How to talk to children using pictures? Example: 'b' sound - What is it? a bird - What colour is it? It is a black bird - (more interaction) a beautiful black bird, a big beautiful black bird - how many b sounds did you hear? Can you say something about this bird? This is not a brown bird. This is a black bird. This is not a very big bird like the peacock. But it is bigger than a sparrow. So we can say it is a big, beautiful, black bird with a sharp beak.

It is important to interact with the children instead of giving them a lecture. It is necessary to extract part of the answers from them and expand on their answers. Our aim is not just to teach the 'b' sound but to give them a taste of the whole language and then help them focus on this tiny detail which is the 'b' sound. Post your questions and comments below.
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Ranganayaki Srinivas
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₰ After Phonics  - 
 
Do you want to know how to teach CVC words? Watch the video and post your questions and comments.
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Ranganayaki Srinivas
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You can also show videos of birds, balloons, etc. to talk about the 'b' sound. What do you see in the video? 'a bird' What colour is the bird? It's black. It's a black bird, a black bird, etc. On the blackboard have only 'b'. Do not write the whole word 'a bird'.

For more photos and videos go to https://plus.google.com/collection/k_2-HB
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Deven Bhayani

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very nice and useful resources ..
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'Copy Me' Activity for Grid/ Matrix Skills for Toddlers & Preschoolers With Perfect Picture By Educatinal Insight

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A few days ago, I found this game/toy that I thought of sharing with you, today!

It has colored tiles and a checkered transparent board to place those tiles. It also comes with a few designs for copy & build activity. For younger kids, you could place the design worksheet under the transparent board and they could match the colored tile to the design underneath.

For older kids between 3-6 yrs, its a super stimulation for improving their grid skills or co-ordinates/matrix skills. It helps with basic counting, color matching in smaller kids. It helps promote creativity, copy & build skills, concentration, fine motor development.

I also created more complex designs to help understanding & practicing symmetry, patterns which I will share with you some other day!

Here's the link for you to watch..
https://youtu.be/qU5W-Wp9FK4

This can easily be made at home! Have you presented this kind of game to your child? What is your opinion anout it?

Thanks for watching & happy learning!

#earlylearning #montessori
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Montessori Inspired Lacing/ Stringing/ Threading Fine motor Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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I'm glad to share with you this lacing activity that helps develop motor skills and hand & eye co-ordination in toddlers and pre-schoolers! When I saw this first, I thought it was so much Montessori!! And a great pre-sewing activity too;)

When I decided to buy this, I was not sure how would my son respond to this. But, I was surprised to find him interested:) He seems to like it a lot.

This helps develop patience, concentration and focus. In the end, there is the feeling of accomplishment, of course!


Have you done this with your children? What was your observation? I would love to hear from you:))

Thanks for watching & happy learning!


#Montessori #early learning #fine-motor #toddler #kindergartener #preschooler 
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Hi!
I share with you today, the reading journey of my almost 4 yrs old son. I'm happy that he's now learning to read fluently:))

Thanks for watching & happy learning!

#earlylearning #montessori

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Montessori/ Froebel Inspired Paper Weaving or Felt weaving Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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I'm so thrilled to share this activity with you today! Moksh completed weaving his first ever mat:))

More than 2 yrs ago, when I saw this activity for the first time, I thought that Moksh would love it. It's a lovely fine motor activity, subtly teaching kids the pattern, art and color combining in weaving. It's a beautiful lesson in creativity, boosting concentration & focus in kids. At that time, Moksh was very little and we concentrated on threading activities.

Now, when reviewing our Pinterest board, I was reminded of this. This activity can be done with paper, felt & fabric. In Froebel Weaving, generally paper is used. I chose to use felt as it requires no sewing. And I used various colored satin ribbons with their ends sealed with incense sticks. Then, I folded the felt sheet in the center and cut it all the way but one inch away from the end. Simple!! I was ready to present this activity to Moksh:))

I showed him how to weave once and sat with him trough out. I loved the colors he chose and the way he decided that he wanted to weave it for his Dusty Crop hopper:))

I liked that he sat patiently throughout the activity, loved choosing his colors, how he decided to go symmetrical for patterning and the fun and joy it gave him!

I am glad we did this! Have you tried this with your 3-4 yr olds? How was your experience? I would love to know!

Thanks for watching & Happy learning!!
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Spatial Structuring DIY puzzle for Kids

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Today I share with you a spatial intelligence activity that involves puzzles.

Pls take a look at the video for the puzzle
https://youtu.be/N5_fDnppkhw

These kind of grid puzzles are excellent in building the clear and deep sense of matrix in little ones.

It stimulates their copy and build skills. And we all know humans learn the best by copying. This early copying skill then helps us to be creative genius in later years.

It also involves a certain challenge and sharpen their thinking skills and concentration.

For this, you need to create a few task cards and templates by hand or by printing. Make several puzzle pieces that have geometric designs or certain pathways that kids have to follow and reproduce.

It's a great brain workout for kids and we can always make it more of less challenging depending upon our kids progress and interest.

Pls let me know your thought on this! I love hearing from you and your comments!

Thank you for watching & happy learning!
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Introducing Kids early to architecture with blocks with Montessori inspired Cultural activity

Hi!

Building and creating structures is one of the most fun things that kids love to do!

We all have previouly used cardboards, shoeboxes, pebbles, wooden sticks, blocks, utensils to build in our childhood. Even today, they happen to be the most economical, well recycled & best put to use in terms of creativity and utility.

When I decided to introduce Moksh early to architecture, I presented him with home made flash cards depicting architectural wonders of the world. We also labeled and matched the pictures. Then, I took out a set of Greek Table top blocks that I bought last year for Moksh.

The reason why, I did not present the blocks to Moksh earlier was not because he would not have the abilty but because the blocks are loose and not meant to be fixed and hence prone to tumbling down. He needed to have lots of patience and a little maturity;)

These were a big hit once he landed his hands on them:) They helped us learn about different kinds and shapes used in construction and its terminlogy. It was also a little lesson in balance and stability.

It's a great set of building blocks! Here's the video link for you to watch:)

https://youtu.be/GxblkN9Bx7s

Thanks for watching and happy learning!!
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Learning phonics helps children start reading easily at a very early stage. Learning the sounds of the letters helps them in guessing the pronunciation of unknown words in reading and guessing the spelling in writing. Discuss everything related to teaching and learning phonics and helping young children begin to read independently and with pleasure. Share tips and resources related to phonics.
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Ranganayaki Srinivas
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₰ Starting With Phonics  - 
 
 
This is only for teachers. Do not show the written word to the children. Write 'b' on the blackboard and talk about things that have 'b' sound.  They should not see the spelling of the whole word while learning phonics. For example, when you talk about ' a book' you show only 'b' and concentrate on that and not teach them b   o   o   k  - book.
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Ranganayaki Srinivas
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₰ Starting With Phonics  - 
 

Do you want to know how to teach Phonics to very young children? Watch the video, post your questions and comments.
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Dannie Price

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FREE! Online phonics and reading game for young children.
Help children learn to read with our free, award-winning reading and phonics game.
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Coloring books for Adults

₰ Teaching Reading  - 
 
Amazing game allows your child to learn basic English words, the alphabet and its sounds but also teaches your toddler fine motor skills and lets them discover the world inside the game! 
Have you ever thought of teaching your children English in a fun and easy way? Do you wonder how to do it so that your toddler learns alphabet effortlessly? Try our newest educational game Happy alphabet ABC for kids! Enjoy playing with your toddlers and teaching them the alphabet! This amazing game allows your child to learn basic English words, the alphabet and its sounds but also teaches your toddler fine motor skills and lets them discover th...
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A Spatial Intelligence Activity for Kids with a Seven Piece 3-D Puzzle Cube

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I'm so happy that Moksh shows more & more interest in playing with all kinds of puzzles. During one of my trips, I found this puzzle in a store and I thought of presenting it to my son. I'm glad that he liked to play and solve this!!

This is an excellent exercise in developing concentration & focus, curiosity & perseverance and the obvious spatial intelligence. I will be looking for more challenging & fun puzzles like these.

What is your opinion about 3-D Puzzles? What was your observation during the puzzle time & after it? I would love to hear your comments!

Thanks for watching & happy learning! 
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DIY Visual Discrimination Busy Bag Activity For Toddlers & Preschoolers: Montessori Inspired Color Pallet Matching

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I'm absolutely in love with this activity! This is so Montessori!! A Simple DIY activity that requires you to print a few color pallet cards. I printed and laminated the cards. Before lamination, I made sure, I marked the picture part and the pallet part on the back of the card with a number for control of error. Then, I cut apart the color strips and pictures.Now, I was ready for presenting this activity!

I was inspired to incorporate this in our learning when I first saw it on some blog. I did not understand the language and I'm not really sure how it was originally used. Is it from yours? If it is, a big thank you to you:)

Anyways, when I presented it to my son, it looked deceivingly simple yet turned out to be a bit challenging! A great visual discrimination activity that helps in matching skills, developing color sense, understanding of color pallets and a subtle lesson in Art appreciation:)

We loved it! Have you done this yet??

I would love to know:) Thanks for watching & happy learning!

#Montessori #Reggio inspired #colors activity #earlylearning #Visual discrimination #
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DIY Visual Discrimination Pattern Matching Busy Bag Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers With Popsicle Sticks

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Look what I came up with!! We love making easy, simple manipulative games at home. A few days ago, when I got my hands on Popsicle sticks, I decided to make a pattern matching game for my son. I created the geometric pattern on the sticks with the help of sketch pens and sharpie, a ruler and some tape. I made them in pairs for Moksh to do the matching work.

First, I placed even number of Popsicle sticks parallel & next to each other on to the table top. Then I used clear tape at the ends to fix them on the table top. This made it easier to draw. Then with the help of the sharpie and ruler I made some patterns on the sticks & we were ready for the activity!

Such a simple, easy, frugal DIY game!!

Pls do have a look at our video to see them better:) These are excellent for matching work, make the pairs work and visual discrimination! My son loved them and played quite a bit!

We do quite a bit of early learning at home videos on our you tube channel. Pls do visit us some time:)

Thanks for watching & happy learning!!

#Montessori #busy bag #visual discrimination activity #DIY Popsicle sticks activity #toddler #preschoolers #pattern matching #early learning
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Forqan ST

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My colleagues and friends
As you know, kids & preschoolers love animals so much, and through my search on the App store for an educational appfor my son, I found this one which is educational entertaining game at the same time.. I’m happy to share with all of you “Cool Animals Memory”..
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cool-animals-memory/id1020177386?mt=8
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Easy DIY Visual Discrimination Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Hi!

This is a simple DIY activity that I had pinned when Moksh was just a toddler. It has been there on blogosphere for some time now. I'm glad to share it with you today!

To put this activity together, I used 12 thermocol or Styrofoam balls instead of original ping pong balls. I used the egg stand from the refrigerator and you can use an egg carton.

You may want to make sure that the size of your balls is good for fitting into the carton.

Then with the sharpie markers, I colored 6 balls with their one hemisphere red and other 6 balls with their one hemisphere blue. In all the balls, the other hemisphere was left to be white.

We made some task cards, printed and laminated for durability and cut. And these can be hand drawn and colored as they are simple to make.

Now I was ready with the activity to present to Moksh. Moksh instantly liked it!

Great for visual perception and discrimination, this activity also helps to boost concentration.

Thanks for watching & happy learning:))
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Gargee Bhandare Wadhwani

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IQ Logic Blocks / 3-D Puzzle blocks for stimulating spatial intelligence in Toddlers & Pre-schoolers/ Kindergarteners

Hi!

I am always on the look out for fantastic educational toys:) I'm glad to share with you this latest find that is called "Combi Cubes" by Virgo toys which are basically 3 -D IQ Puzzle blocks. It consists of 32 plastic blocks and the child has to pick two specific blocks to make it into a cuboid....it's not a cube as mentioned on the product...which is ok.

These help in hand/ eye co-ordination & fine motor skills in younger kids and help boost spatial intelligence & logical-mathematical intelligence in a great way. I recommend these for little advanced 2-2.5 yrs old up to 5 yrs old kids who can easily be engrossed with these.

These will work well if you follow Montessori method. These will be great to your visual-Spatial learner!

We loved these blocks! I hope you like them too:))

Thanks & Have a great Day!!


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