The unit we are working on for this month is the body with a theme verse of “I am fearfully and wonderfully made (from Psalm 139). The goal for this unit is for our little one to: know the body parts (as many of them as possible) and know who “I” am.
This week we focused on the major parts of the body: head, arms, legs, and tummy.
Music: The song Head Shoulders Knees and Toes was part of our music time this week; as well as another repetition saying:
Clap, clap, clap your hands. God gave everyone hands.
Clapping, Clapping, Clapping. God gave (insert your child’s name here) hands.
This can be said using just about every body part you can imagine and an action to go with it. For example: wiggle your nose, twist your waist, rub your tummy, flap your arms.
We also continued singing the lullaby from last week.
We started reading Hetty’s 100 Hats on Monday and are still working our way through it. It is quite a long book, but has a bit of repetition regarding the head and hats.
Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton. We LOVE this book! It is such a fun little read about hippos and their belly buttons.
Library story time included two books about the body, so they were perfect for what we were going over. I can’t remember the names of the books, but G paid attention to the librarian, especially when she mentioned the belly button!
We had an ongoing hat boutique at our house all week. We set up a mirror and laid out hats for Grace to try on. I posted a little bit more about it here. By the end of the week, we could ask G if she would like to go put a hat on her head and she would walk over to the mirror and try them on. It was amazing to see her really warm up to the idea.
We also tried working on airplane arms and rolling and swinging our arms. She got to where she would put her hands in the air and wave them up and down by the end of the week, but we still haven’t mastered any of these other activities without help.
To work on her legs, we climbed the stairs in our house LOTS! This is one of her favorite things to do!
This week there was a free trial to the local My Gym, so we took advantage of the offer and took G to class on Saturday. It took a while for her to warm up to the activities, but she enjoyed swinging by her arms from a bar! It was great to get some of her energy out and still be working on her motor skills.
Last activity for the week was belly painting with mama. Since I am pregnant, I thought this would be a fun activity, but G did not warm up to the idea very much and pretty much spent the entire time trying to eat the paint. Good thing it was plant based paint!
In addition to the body parts she already knew, G has discovered for certain where her belly button, toes, feet, and knees are. She also walks around introducing herself to everybody by patting her chest very intently. She still has not always made the distinction between herself and others; but she is improving on that front.
All in all, we had a great week with lots of activities for our little one!