This is our first experiment with child-led learning. Anna chose dinosaurs out of nine options. Of course, we started our Dinosaur week with a visit to the library. We took a bunch of dinosaur books by Bernard Most. I highly recommend ABC T-Rex – it’s an interesting take on alphabet books, and each page has variety of items starting with that letter.
Electronic edutainment. We also recorded a couple of episodes of Dinosaur Train and visited PBS site for Dinosaur Train. I gave Anna a set of plastic dinosaurs that I got at $1 section of Target some time ago, and we attempted to find them in the Field Guide for Dinosaur Train. As far as we could tell, we have two ankylosauruses and two diplodocuses (or maybe those are apatosauruses, I cannot tell them apart). Anna was disappointed that she didn’t get any pteranodons, since those flying creatures are her favorites in the show.
Crafts. I showed Anna DLTK page of dinosaur crafts and asked if she wants to make any of them. She chose to do this triceratops, but it was a pretty lame craft. Anna didn’t want to color the dinosaur, and I had to help her quite a bit with all the steps in making it. Usually she is a lot more independent in this kind of projects, but her motivation was clearly not there. However, she enjoyed playing with a completed TP figure and was sending her plastic dinosaurs through a “triceratops tunnel”.
We will be doing more later this week, I hope. In the meantime visit Adventures in Mommydom. Great minds think alike – she just had great week with her kiddos and has some links to share.