Monday, March 21, 2011

Educational Preschooler Projects - Language

Now that my almost 3 year old will be classified as a preschooler, we made a very simple craft with much greater educational benefits...

I'm thinking more and more about Emma's trilingualism... and while she speaks all three languages fluently, I'm starting to think about how I will balance the next stage - Literacy.  With this giant hurdle in front of me I keep thinking how easy it is for the bilinguals! Just two languages.... how do you evenly balance three??

This is discussion for a whole other post (coming soon), but one of the things I have decided is that I will be contributing to Emma's literacy in Serbian at home, and this is what this simple craft / project is all about!

I created and laminated three pages.  One says What is the weather today?  The page is separated into 4 boxes with each box saying one of the following Sunny, Rainy, Cloudy, Windy.  

Emma and I sat down and created a picture representing one of each, a sun, an umbrella, a cloud and wind.  So now, everyday, we talk about the day and decide what kind of day it was.  Once we agree Emma chooses one of her pictures and attaches it to the correct box.

Yesterday was cloudy, later (strangely enough) it even rained so Emma also added an umbrella in the rain section.

These are the rest of the icons she could use.

The other page says What is the moon today?  Following the same principle, we go outside look at the moon and decide if its full moon, half moon, crescent moon or no moon. 

Yesterday was full moon so Emma attached it to the correct box.  Here are the other options.

I drew the moons and Emma colored them in.

The third page says What day is it today? With Emma having to pick out the correct day from a choice of seven of course. Yesterday was Sunday.

So what does she gain from this?  She gets exposed to the letters of the Serbian alphabet, she gains word recognition, she learns days of the week, weather and moons.

She already picks out all As, Es and Ms; some Ts and Os.  It does help that these letters are the same in all the languages! Greek, Serbian and English.

She is very excited about this project.  These along with some other educational materials are posted on a wall of her play area.  I will add more information about other things we're doing soon.

I put the icons in a paper DVD pouch
and its right there on the wall with the pages for easy access.

So this is our daily educational activity.  Check back soon, I'll be adding themed activities to her repertoire.  This afternoon we'll be talking about Spring and all that comes with it.  Expect some spring (preschooler) crafts in the near future.
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  1. Great project= we all love laminating too!
    Hope you have a good week!

  2. Happy Monday! I am a new follower from the weekend hop and I look forward to following your blog!...Hope u can come by for a visit!

  3. This is great...we also have a trilingual 2.5 year old and I just love your ideas here!

    Following via GFC for Mommy Blog Monday!

  4. That is so great that you're teaching her other languages! Unfortunately, I only know English and can't extend any of that knowledge to my daughter, but they will learn multiple languages starting in first grade. :)

    Visiting and following you from Monday blog hops! Hopefully you can visit and follow us as well!

    Krissy @ Mommy Misc...

  5. I found you through Mom Blog Monday and am now following...I am amazed that your daughter is trilingual and am really thinking about forcing my husband who speaks Spanish fluently to start teaching our boys more.

    I can't wait to see more of your blog and would love it if you stopped by my blog sometime (What I Live For)

  6. Just to let you know I just posted a raffle to help Japan.
    If you are interested on helping you are more than welcome to participate.
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  7. WOW! That is super awesome! Glad I found your blog over at MMM Hop :) I will be going through more of your posts now :)


  8. great blog. ive been wanting to start muffin tin mondays too. new follower, following back from checked out ur advertiser and now also connected on twitter :)

  9. May daughter's name is Emma also and she is 4. She saw her name on the computer and thought it was really cool!

    I am a new follower from the Tuesday blog hop and would love a follow back! I hope you have a terrific Tuesday!


  10. Wow! and I thought you were just a superstar with lunch!!!! Nice work, mom.

    Thanks for riding the train today!
    The Survival Mama

  11. Wow what a neat project! I'm a new follower on both gfc and networked blogs. :) I blog at Work From Home Star.

  12. I have fallen in love with your blog!

    I found you via the blog hop and WILL be back. Love the lunches and the homeschooling. In Europe most families are bi or trilingual.

    I am having trouble learning Spanish for when I have kids.

    I look forward to reading about your efforts.

    Follow back at

  13. Hi,

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    Have a great day!

  14. I would like to give you an award, please stop on by to get it :) Have a great wednesday! I just LOVE your blog!

    Hope @ Peanut Butter and Hopey

  15. This project is awesome! Have fun learning. :)


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