Here are the vocabulary words we are working on for the next two weeks:
Fingers, Feel, See, Eyes, Hear, Ears, Mouth, Taste, Nose, Smell
Try to use these words during your daily conversations to reinforce the word and its meaning. Here are some examples of what you could do:
- Talk about how different things feel as you and your child touch it with your fingers: i.e.: "this blanket feels soft," "this ball feels bumpy," "the snow feels cold." "My fingers can feel!"
- Show your child how to sniff with his/her nose to smell things. Find different things to smell - A Christmas tree, an air freshener, something baking in the oven, pickles, etc. Say "my nose can smell the _____!"
- Play "I see with my little eye" and name things that you can see with your eyes.
- At home and when you are out with your child and you hear an interesting sound - birds, airplane, heater, car starting, dishwasher running, etc, stop and put your hand on your ear and say "do you hear that?" "My ears can hear the ______!"
- While eating, use the word "taste" a lot. i.e. "did you taste the bread?" "the cookie tastes good." Model how you taste something by taking a small bite or lick and say "my mouth can taste!" Encourage the child to taste like you.
Here are the pictures we are also using to teach the vocabulary:
During this unit, you can focus on the language concept of "what" questions. Model how to ask and answer "what" questions by saying things like "what is that smell?....it's popcorn!" or "what is that sound I hear?....it's music!" or "What are you eating?...a cracker! You're eating a cracker!" You can pause after asking the question, but it's ok of your child doesn't answer. You can answer your own questions, and that will teach your child how we ask and answer questions. Eventually your child will figure out how to answer. But they need to be shown first with lots and lots of examples. You can model this all day long for them!
This week we are focusing on the letter "K" and next week will be letter "M." When you are reading books, or signs, or labels, point out the letters "K" and "M," help your child write and trace those letters and talk about the sound "K" makes and the sound "M" makes. Talk about words that start with "K" and "M" and help your child try to make the those sounds correctly.