Friday, July 17, 2009
Finding a way to teach Jonathan about crocodiles was rather a challenge. Frankly, crocodiles aren't very nice reptiles.
Jonathan colored a crocodile while I read some facts to him. (Side note: I had a hard time finding a simple fact sheet this time - there are too many types of crocodile and a lot of the information I found was conflicting.) We settled on this one because I didn't want to spend any more time looking.
Then he practiced writing "C" for "crocodile". I am loving these alphabet sheets, and am leaning more and more toward teaching D'Nealian handwriting instead of standard block printing. On my reading agenda for tonight: "D'Nealian Handwriting versus Circle-Stick Print" by Donald Thurber. I'm curious to see what he has to say. And in the interest of getting both sides, can anyone recommend a good defense of block printing?
We did a crocodile jigsaw puzzle together and then Jonathan played Five Hungry Crocodiles. While he did that I gathered a clothespin, some wiggle eyes, and green paper. And we made a crocodile of our very own! (Every now and then I have a surprising burst of creativity.) :) I think he turned out kind of cute.