The Nose Book
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After the rush of the holidays died down, Keaton and I were able to get back to our learning. We dived right into another book study; this time "The Nose Book" by Al Perkins.
I've made a few resources that, as always, are free for you to use or manipulate as you would like. Enjoy!
We began our book study by reading the book, obviously. I chose this book because Keaton seems pretty fond of it. It also isn't too long, so you won't get sick of reading it everyday. Don't act like you don't, I know how it is. I've read "Pinkalicious" and "Elmer" about 8,000 times each. Great books, but come on, kid.
Then, we identified vocabulary words that Keaton doesn't know or perhaps just doesn't know well. These are on the vocabulary cards below.
We went back through the book and found the words on the pages. Then, we found the pictures that matched the words. If you do this everyday, your child's vocabulary will increase to include these words. We also painted the letter N.
On our second day, we read the book and identified our vocabulary words again. We briefly discussed the letter N before moving on to our new task, nose matching. Keaton loved this one. As is true with most toddlers, she just loves animals. She thought matching noses to the animals was funny. She was having such a good time that we added on another task, counting to four. We counted noses and placed them in boxes that were already identified by that number. For instance, in box 1 we put one nose. In box 2, we put two noses, and so on. Her counting skills right now end at two, so it's something we need to work on. And if your kid can count higher, you're awesome sauce! But number association is a great skill to begin encouraging at an early age.
After reading the book and looking at our vocabulary, we decided we needed to start using our nose. With today's activity, we walked around the house and used our sniffer to smell various items including an onion and a flower. Keaton then decided if she liked the smell of the object or not, and checked off the appropriate box. These were just items we had around the house. Feel free to change the pictures to things you have around your house.
We also repeated our activities from day two. After all, for kiddos that don't have photographic memories, repetition is the key to success. Unless you're trying to teach them to count above 2, I swear it's a lost cause.
On our final day with "The Nose Book" we chose another matching activity. Keaton had such fun with the first, I thought, why not. After completing all our previous activities, this time we matched based on colors. We found the clown's nose and glued it to the head that had the same color hair. Aw, differentiation of aspects that appear very similar at first.
If you would like, you can spread the work apart over more days. If you are wondering why I only do four days, it is because we do Fun Friday with other family members. Check it out on our Youtube page or on other blog posts.
Okay, so don't just let your kid watch TV all day. Don't get me wrong, Mickey has taught my kid her shapes, how to sort, and how to call Tootles (Just apparently not how to count above 2.). But there is nothing like a hands on lesson from the person they admire the most, their parents. In case you missed it above, here's the link. Enjoy!