Good-night Moon has got to be the number one bestseller for toddlers. Mom – wasn’t this one of the books you would read over and over to Caleb (30+ years ago).
It is also an excellent book to build home-based receptive vocabulary and to use as an as-you-go story board with. Another concept we were able to cover was the difference between day and night.
Here are free printable PECs (cards) to use as a file folder sequencing story board. For www.mrsriley.com members, the editable file is here:
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If you prefer a free printable PDF, you can get that here without a membership:
Goodnight Moon PECS for Sequencing
- Print, laminate and cut Goodnight Moon PECS for Sequencing. Put Velcro loop dots on the middle of the back of each card.
- Take two file folders, open them, and label one “day” and one “night.” Add the appropriate number of Velcro hook strips according to the pictures above.
- Add a sun to the day label and a moon to the night label. (Later, in step 5, As you do the activity, make sure to point out in the beginning that all this is happening during the day when the sun is out. When the book comes to the good-night portion and the PECs are being moved over to the night folder, talk about now it is night and the moon is out.)
- Attach all PECs to the bottom portion of the day folder.
- As you read Goodnight Moon to your child, allow him to find each object mentioned and apply it to the top of the day folder in a left-to-right, top-to-bottom progression.
- When you reach the middle of the book where the good-nights start, have your child transfer the matching PEC from the day folder over to the night folder, again in a left-to-right, top-to-bottom progression.
There are a LOT of vocabulary words in Goodnight Moon, so especially to begin with, you may want to do this with just five or ten of the PECs and gradually build up to all of them.
I have found the sequencing boards to really hold Noah’s interest and keep him focused on the book at hand, so I hope you’ll find them equally useful.
On a lighter note . . .
Today was hippotherapy day, so I didn’t expect to get much accomplished. Surprise, Surprise!
We put our Teddy Grahams to good use on our counting board, which you can download for free by clicking on the image.
Here’s a bear-themed number board you can download by clicking on the image. I used a white paint marker to write numbers on poker chips. Incidentally, poker chips are a little hard to find. I found a pack of I think 150 for $3.00 at Walmart in the game section where they hang playing cards. Poker chips are great multifunctional manipulatives.
Another Band-Aid activity – this time it’s a file folder game. I got these colored Band-Aids at the Dollar store, and we just used them to match colors. I went ahead and glued one set to cardstock and laminated, and the other set I stuck to the inside of the laminating pouch and laminated, cut and velcroed.
If your child is still “stuck on Band-Aids” but is past color matching, there are a wide variety of printed Band-Aids that you could use to make a match the pattern file folder game with.
We finished up today with a butterfly file folder game I had made for Leah so many years ago. This was so cool for me, because I remember sitting down with Noah and showing him this and realizing there was no way he was ready to do it. (I wish I knew how long ago that was.) He did it with only one error today.
When we returned from our errands this morning, Noah bounded up the steps with one foot on each of the top three steps instead of his usual step-step on the same step. This is something he’s been working on in physical therapy and at home for a while now. I hope it sticks! The first time I saw him do it was about six months ago – he did it like it was nothing as we were leaving the physical therapist’s office, repeated it once more at home and then promptly reverted back to step step on each step. AGGGGHHHH!
I LOVE file folder games and activities. I have a file cabinet full of ones I made myself before I had a good color printer. There was a time (not very long ago) where I was so checked out, that the only outlet for my creativity I could manage was coloring with crayons. So I put that time to good use and made a TON of file folder games for my kids, which they used and used and used. I want to learn how to make my own with great graphics someday, but for now I’ll have to make do with PECs. Noah has been working on the concept of little and big lately, and we’ve been doing a lot with books about school busses, so I combined the two and I have a file folder game to share with you.
File Folder Game – Big and Little Busses
1. Print out file on a color printer.
2. Laminate all four sheets.
3. Mount the pages labled “little and big” on the inside of a file folder. Place velcro hook dots on the top of each mounted PEC.
4. Cut out remaining picture cards. Place velcro loop dots on the back of each card.
1. Place cards face down on the table.
2. Pick up one card at a time and place it on top of the corresponding PEC in the open file folder.
(Moms, make sure to say and sign little and big and have your child do the same as he works.)