Thursday, July 24, 2014

Learning to Read & Researching dingoes!!

I had nothing planned for today's Thinking Thursday. Honestly, I am still recovering from my migraine yesterday. Sounds so dramatic, I know, but I'm such a weenie when it comes to my head hurting.

Anyway, I decided that M and I would work on her letters, recognizing and matching capital and lowercase. Reusing these magnets from Monday's activity. Score.

Since M is really into princesses going to royal balls right now, I decided to create a little scenario to make this even more fun. 

I told her the capital letters were the gentleman (or the princes) and the lowercase letters were the ladies (or the princesses) and that they were all lined up in the royal ballroom and they needed to match up and dance!

She loved that idea and began setting them up to "dance."

All done! I just had her pick 10 letters to start with and we will do some more another time. 

Since she has been pretty good at knowing her letter sounds, we tried a little word family practice.

I went with an easy one.... the -at family.

I first picked out some letters that would work and talked to M about families and family members. This was easy to relate to the word family. 

"Oh, so the "m" is like the daughter, like me, since my name starts with an "M"!!!!"-Myla

Exactly. :)

We reviewed each letter first and went over their sounds. 

She started to giggle when she put down the "f". :)

Here is a cute video of her reading the words. ;)

After a little word work practice, she was super anxious to research another animal. At first, it was a kangaroo, then she was ecstatic to announce that she wanted to learn more about dingoes!!

Dingoes?!? (my confused expression)

Then she went on about what she knew about them already (and I was desperately trying to recall what in the heck they are) and how she really needed to know what they eat and about some other stuff.

She did know that they are kinda like dogs, live somewhere far away, and that they come out and hunt at "dust". I'm going to assume she means "dusk." :)

Ok, dingoes it is! Looks like I will be learning something too.

Here are the questions we came up with...
(notice the question marks at the top? yeah, that's from me since I don't even know what this animal is)

Checking out some Dingo facts on Switchzoo. (great website, by the way!)

Finding out her first answer...they eat KANGAROOS, cattle, rabbits, insects, small birds, and rodents.

Here is her reaction to the dingo's diet...

Learning some cool stuff.

And this would be her reaction when she learned that dingoes are on the brink of extinction....

She was so sad. Through a 12 minute video and with the help of mommy's google on her iPhone, (don't judge, I was still fighting off my headache), we found our answers. 

And now I know exactly what a dingo is...thank you, Myla!

Oh, and this is a dingo, in case you were wondering too...

You're welcome. 

Thanks for reading!! 

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