We learnt 50 sight words this month. We chose words which we speak almost everyday. Simple but important words which form  a few basic sentences that would be useful for a toddler to communicate.



Here you can download our list of 50 Sight Words for May 2017.

And here's Shaunak's video revising them:

I explore new ways for Shaunak to reflect his learning. We have been learning opposite words since a couple of months through hand-on activities and experiments. The practical examples help child to lock the information in the brain for a longer period of time.


How it all started?

We follow three methodologies to teach/learn at home, one of them is Montessori. And the prime principal of Montessori methodology is 'follow your child'. And we have gradually learnt to do just that. I once shared with Shaunak what opposite words are, taking examples from his daily life, like while bathing- dry and wet, while walking- fast and slow. Shaunak instantly liked the concept and kept asking both of us to repeat them again and again. And so I realised it was time for him to learn new words with hands on experiments. This also gave me opportunity to work on his vocabulary development and introduce him to new words.

Shashank while driving showed him difference between narrow and wide roads, fast and slow, rough and smooth and such more. I at home did some fun science experiments for words like float and sink, sweet and sour and hot and cold. For our Transportation theme I made a few DIY cardboard toys which helped me teach him words like over and under, sharp and blunt, etc.

Learning outcomes:

1. Vocabulary development
2. Memory development
3. Cognitive skills
4. Learning new ways of reflecting 
5. Language skills

You can download the 100 Opposite Words file here, I would really appreciate if you drop me a comment before downloading.

Here is the video, Shaunak takes up 100 Opposite Words Marathon Challenge:


When in US we took Shaunak to an automatic Car Wash facility. And the experience always left him thrilled. The entire automatic car wash happens in three stages- Soap, Water Wash and Dry. I built this model with three different stages made out of three different materials. Shaunak took out his entire fleet of cars and made them sparkling clean. He also learnt the concepts of one-way by ensuring that he doesn’t start from the exit side. Opposite words we learnt were: Dry x Wet, Clean x Dirty, Left x Right, Thin x Thick, etc.











A child loves to go out of the house and explore new places. Shaunak likes to go to all the public places and he observes place and the people around. I wanted to revise the Public Places topic with him and talk about the use of each of these places.


To explain this concept in an easy and practical way, as well as some toy car driving practice, I created this engaging activity with pictures of various public places like Police Station, Hospital, School, Beach, Library, Playground, Circus, Petrol Pump and much more.

We played this as a game of short stories which explained the purpose of each of these places and then Shaunak would take his vehicles to the appropriate public place. He was particularly excited of making sure he fuels up his petrol tank before visiting the next place, so the petrol pump was surely the most visited place followed by the playground and the beach.

I also made a racing track to introduce him to the concept of car racing hands on.

My goals were to help him understand the concepts like: 
1. Public Places
2. Parking
3. Petrol Pump
4. Racing Track
5. Lane driving

And also to introduce him to new opposite words (vocabulary development): 
1. Vertical x Horizontal
2. Full x Empty
3. Difficult x Easy
4. Black x White
5. Near x Far

Here is how I made it.

Things you need: 
1. Cardboard (I recycled a washing machine cardboard box)
2. Black Chart paper 3. White acrylic paint
4. Paintbrush
5. Toy vehicles
6. Printouts of various public places pictures (choose places which would interest your child)

I was left with 2 pieces of cardboard. I covered them with black chart paper and painted the road borders and parking area with white acrylic paint. I took printouts of the public places pictures and pasted them onto the cardboards. While palying we kept the 2 cardboards next to each other.










Shaunak is always excited about Airplanes. He has a soft corner towards them and I am sure he gets this passion from Shashank. Shaunak gets his firsthand information and knowledge about airport and airplanes from his Dad who works in Honeywell Aerospace.


Shashank had once bought an Airport play set when he visited Boeing. He had pledged to keep it arranged in our show cabinet and not give it to anyone. However, once Shaunak turned two and saw the airport set, there was no way it was going to stay for display. The play set had a few airplanes, bus, ladder truck, airport rescue vehicles and almost every other airport element. Seeing him play with these just on a table or the floor wasn’t very pleasing to me and I decided to build an airport for him.

I painted this complete airport, including a terminal, taxi way, runway and a section for rescue vehicles. He was overjoyed seeing the airport and plays for nearly an hour everyday. This airport activity helped us teach a lot of concepts to him. For instance, what is a terminal, hangar, and how the pick up bus takes passengers from the terminal to hangar safely to avoid accidents. Then the ladder truck or the boarding steps, a ground support equipment, which help passengers climb into the 20 feet high aircraft.

He learnt about the different rescue vehicles at the airport, the police car, ambulance, fire trucks and rescue helicopters. Last but not the least and most important, the ATC towers and RADAR. I build this out of a kitchen roll and a paper cup. He was excited to talk to the ATC and get clearance for his flight to takeoff and land.

My goals were to help him understand the concepts like: 
1. Airport
2. Airplanes
3. Runway
4. Radar
5. Ground Support
6. ATC Tower
7. Terminal
8. Hangar

And also to introduce him to new opposite words (vocabulary development): 
1. Safe x Dangerous
2. Quiet x Loud
3. Sharp x Blunt
4. Strong x Weak
5. Straight x Curly
6. Pick x Drop

Here is how I made it.

Things you need: 
1. Cardboard (I recycled a washing machine cardboard box)
2. Kitchen roll cardboard tubes
3. Black and white acrylic paint
4. Paintbrush
5. Toy airplanes, rescue vehicles

I made a rough sketch on a paper which was further improvised by my husband who is an expert in aerospace himself. Then I painted the roads black and the borders white. Made ATC Tower using kitchen roll tube and a paper cup. He used his toy airplanes to fly. We spent a wonderful family time full of quality conversations and learning.










The first DIY cardboard toy (Garage and 2-level Parking) was a hit with my son and so I decided to make another one, this time with structures on the road and to teach various other concepts.


Here is a practical and interesting approach to learning two new concepts - Tunnel and Flyover / Over bridge using a complete circuit. Shaunak took his variety of vehicles and practiced driving them on this circuit. This also helped him improve his fine motor skills making sure that the vehicle always stays on the road. We also spoke about how to be careful while climbing a flyover as it needs more force, and how he should control his speed while driving down the bridge. He also learnt how one has to be extra careful in tunnels due to the tunnel boundaries and use the lights to drive in the dark.

My goals were to help him understand the concepts like:
1. Tunnel
2. Flyover / Over bridge
3. Left turn / Right turn
4. Circuit

And also to introduce him to new opposite words (vocabulary development):
1. Over x Under
2. Dark x Bright
3. Inside x Outside
4. Above x Below
5. High x Low
6. Open x Close

Here is how I made it.

Things you need:
1. Cardboard (I recycled a washing machine cardboard box)
2. Kitchen roll cardboard tubes
3. Black and white acrylic paint
4. Paintbrush
5. Toy cars

I decided the places to build flyover and tunnel. I made a rough sketch on a paper which was further improvised by my husband who is an expert driver himself. Then I painted the roads black and the borders white.

Made flyover using kitchen roll tubes. Used another card board piece to make the tunnel (make sure the card board piece bends well to give a perfect shape of a tunnel). He used his toy cars to drive on the roads and go over the bridge and under the tunnel.

We spent a wonderful family time full of quality conversations and learning.








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