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Okay.  So we ate way more jelly beans than we counted.  Who’s keeping score?  The fine motor exercise alone was worth the effort of this activity, not to mention the early math skills we practiced.









For the free printable counting chart, click http://wordsofhisheart.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/counting-board.pdf.  You can use this chart either horizontally or vertically.

5 Little Ducks – Printable Activity

Five little ducks went swimming one day . . .

Free printable duck templates from www.dltk-teach.com and www.first-school.ws

Mama Duck – http://www.first-school.ws/t/cpduck2.htm

Baby Ducks – http://www.dltk-teach.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.dltk-teach.com/books/brownbear/clips/bduck.gif (print 5 on different colored paper)

Laminate these, place a number on the baby ducks 1-5, and stick magnet tape on the back of them (or not if you just want to lay these out on a table or the floor).  You want your child to lay these out in order, so either tell them to pick up the “blue” one (my number 1 was blue) and put it in the proper position, or if your child is beginning to recognize numbers you can tell them to pick up number 1, and put it in the proper position. 

As you get to the end of the verse, say, “Take away number 5,” then recount the remaining baby ducks out loud, and then sing the verse from the beginning with the new number. 

Over the hills and far away,

Mama Duck said “Quack, Quack, Quack, Quack . . .

But only 4 little ducks came back.

(Go back to the first verse and drop the number by one for the first and last verse, removing the highest numbered duck each time.)

Here is the ASL to go with key words in the song.  You can cut these out and stick them to the surface you’re putting your duck printables on so you’ll have easy hands-free access to them while you’re working through the song.  Just click on the graphic and print. 

If these signs are new to you, remember to use the free ASL dictionaries at www.babysignlanguage.com or www.lifeprint.com to make sure you understand the correct sign and then use these graphics as a reminder or prompt.

CAN He Do It??? Take 2

Yes He Can!!!

(This is a re-post from my original post, which I just realized deleted a bunch of pictures and text.  Blahhhh)

We spent some time this morning working with CANS, since we’re working on letter C activities this week.  We had canned green beans and canned CORN.   My kids, for some reason, LOVE playing with the cans in the pantry.  They are constantly taking them out and stacking them, putting them in a toy grocery cart, or bagging them for pretend play.  Bella (3) joined Noah (5, DS) and me for this activity.

Our work here, again, falls into the category of life skills, since Noah will need to differentiate between cans of vegetables in his activities of daily living.  When to start working on those ADLs?  There’s no time like the present!!!!

Instead of working on things like ADL skills or alphabet skills in isolation, it is both practical and beneficial to work on them fluidly.  This way, our children with special needs learn that corn is not just corn when he sees it in the bin at the grocery store, it’s not just corn when he sees the label on the can in the pantry, it’s not just corn when he eats it straight from the cob.  It’s all of those things.  It’s also true that our children need to see that numbers don’t just apply to the buttons we count out into muffin tins, or the figures on the refrigerator, they apply to all objects and numerals.

So, we did our usual counting by lining the cans up and pointing and counting together,

patterning by placing one can of corn, then one can of green beans:

sorting by contents (there’s a corn stack and a green bean stack),

and stacking one on bottom, one on top (bottom and top being targeted vocabulary.

What CAN you do with cans?