For today’s activities, you will need:
- the episode available either in podcast or quicktime format
- the Wonder Red mask
- the Wonder Red day worksheets
- the Wonder Red instruction sheet
If you want to do the additional activities, you may want to have a music CD handy.
My observations: JavaGirl had a harder time with these worksheets. It’s not so much that she didn’t understand the concepts overall, as she found the worksheets themselves limiting. I pointed to the ball and said, “what’s that?” And she would say, “A soccer ball.” So I’d say, “well, yes, but let’s try just ball, what letter does BALL start with? Find the letter that BALL starts with.” And she got mad and said, “No, Mommy, not BALL, that’s a SOCCER BALL, S, SOCCER ball.” I went through the same thing with the “BRICK wall” and so on. Does this mean something about JavaGirl? I have no idea. Teachers, can you tell me?
JavaBoy whizzed through his sheets.
I couldn’t find my Super Why! music CD, but JavaBoy knew WonderRed’s rhyming word’s tune so we sang along to that for a while. Then we just put on some music while I called out various -ALL words (for which they would FREEZE) and the episode-specific non-ALL words (red, pig, wolf), for which they’d keep dancing. They had a great time!
Overall I’d say JavaBoy likes the worksheets and either JavaGirl is just not a worksheets kind of a girl, or these worksheets in particular aren’t for her. I really haven’t done a lot of worksheets with her, partially because she seems more interested in coloring them than doing them, whereas JavaBoy has ALWAYS loved doing them even from a younger age.
Tell me about your experiences and remember — posting gets your name into the drawing for a DVD from PBS!