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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) says, “Each day offers us countless opportunities to help children deepen their understanding of math concepts. The more we talk math, the better chance infants and toddlers have to build a positive attitude toward math learning and learning in general.”

So, I am striving to incorporate math concepts into everyday life here with “Chunky Monkey”.  Some people would think it’s too early to work with an 18-month old on math concepts, but that’s not true at all.  Montessori education and the NAEYC recommend that you begin including math concepts in every day life from infancy.  Why waist the incredible time period of 0-3, when children have such absorbent minds?

So, this week I did a DIY flip ring with the numbers 1-10.  number flip book1image1

 

 

 

 

 

I used a permanent marker to write on some lament counter top samples my husband got from a hardware store.  The sample chips and chain came already put together, but you could easily make this with lamenated paper.  In fact, I just found one like it recently at a yard sale (from a crafty mom).:-)image3

My little man was eager to have me tell the “story” of the numbers again and again while he flipped the samples to the next one.

So, I’d call it a success so far – and it only took about 2 minutes to make!

– See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/music-math-more/math-talk-infants-and-toddlers#sthash.bIKG7DMs.dpuf”

Some ideas for talking about math concepts (from the NAEYC) with young children include:

1. Number and operations

  • “You have two eyes, and so does your bear. Let’s count:–1, 2.”
  • “I have more crackers than you do. See, I have 1, 2, 3,  and you have 1, 2. I’m going to eat one of mine. Now I have the same as you!”
  • “That’s the third time I’ve heard you say mama. You’ve said mama three times!”

2. Shapes and spatial relationships (geometry)

  • “Look, Jason went under the climber and Aliyah is on top!”
  • “You’re sitting next to your brother.”
  • “Some of the crackers we have today are square, and some are round.”

– See more at: http://families.naeyc.org/learning-and-development/music-math-more/math-talk-infants-and-toddlers

– I also strongly recommend this 8-week online course on Early Preparation of the Mathematical Mind.  I took it and learned a lot about how to teach math concepts early.  http://ageofmontessori.org/early-math-course-online/

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Funny Birthday card ideas

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So, my husband’s brother turned 30 today and we wanted to do something special for him.  Since he loves his nephew (How could he not?!;-) ), I made a few funny videos and picture cards to text him throughout the day. Maybe one of your friends/family would love something like this on their Birthday.

Idea #1: Make a Singing Birthday Video.

This is so easy. I used the MyPetCanTalk app, which you can download for FREE! It is easy to take a photo, sing the song, and save it to be emailed or texted.

Idea #2: Make some funny photo cards, similar to ones you might have seen in the store…but STARING your little one!

I used PicMonkey to upload and edit the photos.  Super easy and also FREE!

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My husband and his brother are always giving each other a hard time.

Please share some of your fun Birthday ideas!:-)

 

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DIY crafts you can do with a 1-year-old

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Think a 1-year-old is too young to do crafts? Think again! There are so many activities that toddlers can begin enjoying, and they are great for their brain as well as small-motor development.  Even though a 1-year-old is a long way off from learning to write, the crafts you do today help build the muscles they need in their hands later!

1. “Water Painting”.  On a sunny day, take out a small container of waterand a paint brush and let your little one “paint” the sidewalk.  My 13-month old LOVED it!water painting

2. Easle Drawing/Painting.  I got this great Imaginarium Easle from a local thrift store for $5.  31OX4xuG75L._SY355_You can buy in on Amazon.com for $99 (or I bet you could find a similar one atyour local thrift shop).  The chalkboard part can be use for drawing (using large chalk).  There are lots of super cute ideas on Pinterest for making your own chalk in fun shapes like this (from Princesspinkygirl.com).

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412xOeOTAELA definite key to the success of painting with a 1-year old, is using Melissa & Doug paint jumbo paint brushes and spill-proof paint cups.  These71BaJKjIDRL._SL1200_ things are amazing!  I fill the cups just about 1 inch with watered down paint, so when he turns the cups upside down and shakes them, they still don’t spill.  Amazing, really.  Also, I like to really water down the paint so when he paints his shirt or head (which has definitely happened), it’s not a worry.  It washes off easily because it’s so light.

3.  DIY Edible Play-dough – Thanks to Welovebeingmoms.com, I got the best ever play-dough recipe.  It really is DSC05741the best too!  And since it’s made from edible ingredients, I don’t have to worry if my little one tries to eat it.  *Although mine just loved pounding cookie cutters into it.:-)

 

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4.  Bubbles!  This may not seem like a craft, but making cool shapes can bebubbles a great pre-curser to other creative endeavors.  We went through a store-bought jar of bubbles in 2 days (not kidding!).  Thank goodness it only cost about .20 to make a large mason jar of DIY bubbles to use for months! I used this easy recipe from Artfulparent.com, and it turned out great.  We used these caterpillar-209x209Munchkin Caterpillar Spillers Stacking Cup bath toys as additional bubble blowers (the purple & yellow cups were the best) and had a blast in the sunshine making bubbles of all sizes.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author: FLORA

I am a new post-career SAHM, living in Bozeman Montana. I share stories and ideas from parenting with a Montessori and Positive Discipline inspired perspective. Also, I LOVE DIY projects and finding great ways to use thrift store or hand-made toys for my little one.
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