I apologize for careening back and forth between the PBS track and the recession track — I’ve had certain deadlines to meet with the recession stories — however, both discussion threads are germane to raising children, so hopefully it hasn’t been too jarring.
Back to the wonders of Super Why! For today’s activities, you will need:
- the episode available either in podcast or quicktime format
- the Princess Presto mask
- the Princess Presto day worksheets
- the Princess Presto instruction sheet
If your child does not want to watch the same episode again, that’s fine, just watch another episode of Super WHY! and pay special attention to Princess Presto’s role. Frankly, at this point my kids were pretty fed up with the masks as well. They were, however, quite interested in having wands, pretend or prop.
My observations: JavaBoy once again whizzed through the first worksheet, matching the correct letter to name of the object. JavaGirl wanted to color the objects first, then do the letters. In her artist’s mind, I guess, it was important that things looked “pretty” before they were appropriately labeled. Then she was fine with picking out the letters of them — much more compliant than in the previous day’s exercise.
But the real fun was when we were able to put the letters on objects in the room. The kids had so much fun with this (although I’ll admit that “G” stumped even Mom and Dad for a while). Both kids thoroughly enjoyed this activity and we still have letters up now, some of which keep getting relocated. They did a very good job of finding homes for the letters.
The “wands up” game was not really a hit because my son knows how to spell his name, and it is really long and hard to spell on paper much less in the air, and my daughter does not yet know how to spell her name. But we changed it around to just spelling random letters and short words and that was more fun for them at this point. JavaBoy is already an accomplished reader for someone not yet in K and JavaGirl is just barely 3 so there’s a bit of a gap between their abilities.
I think this might have been their favorite day!