Thursday, March 27, 2008

And I had a feeling that I belonged

Story Pockets:
An easy and fun early literacy project
Finn likes to paint and then tell me a story about his paintings, so we started doing story pockets. The idea is to let the child dictate a story about their art and explore matching concepts.

1. Child creates a piece of art on paper.
2. Fold paper up two inches and staple- creating a pocket.
3. Transcribe the story for yr child on paper. (I loved this as a child- thanks gran)
4. Write down a sentence that the child tells you from the story on the pocket and talk about the letters and words as you write.
5. Write one word from sentence on each index card or scrap paper.
6. Encourage child to try and match the words and nestle into the pocket.
7. Have fun and display them!
Finn thinks these are fantastic and calls them games.
I did these at school with Kindergartners, but I think they are very appropriate for early learners.

In other news-me and my pal Carrie hit up my new local wine shop last night and went nuts for the Enoline wine machine. It is a very cool way to taste wine and learn about new wines without buying a whole bottle. The store was super cool and we left with knowledge and smiles! You load a card with cash and operate the machine yrself. We loved it. The tricky part is not drinking too is kinda like those college drinking games like pyramid...We really didn't drink so much wine, but we drank the wine pours in a relatively short time... ounce here/ ounce there/woo woo. Did I mention it is in walking distance from my house? I will be back .


vincent said...

The story pocket idea is awesome! As we speak, I am taking your "salt play" idea. It is obviously great as a rainy day project, because it sure is keeping her busy for a before nap calm down!!! Thanks for sharing your genius...

Chuck said...

I've got to echo Vincent. The story in a pocket is brilliant! My girls will love this.

So, I'd like to shout out to your gran too - thanks gran!

mary said...

GREAT idea! I'm saving this for when we babysit my niece and nephew.

I really wish I was with you at the wine shop. Yummm.

susiej said...

I love this, as it reminds me of our first preschool. Down the street a ways from you, called School For Young Children. My oldest two boys went there before we moved. It is THE best... and full of stuff like this. Please, check it out.
You look gorgeous... have you done the truthiness challenge yet? Tagging you.

amy t sharp said...

i have a flickr pic up for the sweetney thing :)

village mama said...

Great edu-fun activity!

You and your gal pal look so joyful. What fun!! Did you see any spaceships after all the vino?! XO VM

Amy said...

the story pocket is a really cute idea and since I do have a little bookworm in the making this will be just the ticket!

BipolarLawyerCook said...

Walking distance! Why would you ever stop? Or go anywhere else?

Sarah said...

I love the sory pocket idea! I am filing that away for when I have babes of my own.

As for the wine...when can I come visit?!

Momo Fali said...

I'm still mourning the Children's clothing store that once was there!

Melissa said...

I love the story pocket idea. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to try it!


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