Monday, April 6, 2015

27 Weeks Old Early Learning Program (6 months old)

Week 27 Early Learning Program

March 30 - April 5, 2014

Age: 27 weeks old (6 months old)
Curriculum: early learning program based loosely on Glenn Doman's How to Teach Your Baby to ReadHow to Teach Your Baby Math, How to Give Your Baby Encyclopedic Knowledgeand Fit Baby, Smart Baby, Your Baby.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

This week Aria's cards included flags of North American countries (part 2), everyday scenes by Vincent Van Gogh, progressions of 4 with subitization math dots (skip counting by 4), furniture words and pictures, and toy words and pictures.

She loves her cards, especially her math dots!

Week 27 Early Learning Program

I had a busy week preparing some future cards for her. She is always super interested and wants to "help".

Week 27 Early Learning Program

I spent the beginning of this week finishing up our monkey bar set to help all three kids develop hand strength (good for fine motor control), cross patterning, and general fitness. Aria is getting her very own trapeze bar to hang from!

She spent many hours hanging out on my back while I worked on this project.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

Aria has spent a lot of time standing lately. Not fully standing, but leaning over "standing" on a low surface that she climbs up to on her own.

The above picture shows "standing" on my mattress. Her crawling track is next to it.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

Playing in her crawling track next to the bed. She pretty much never crawls in it anymore and will either pull herself to stand or sit and play with toys. She reserves her crawling for the floor or bed!

Week 27 Early Learning Program

We went to the beach this week. And besides taking a relaxing nap breathing in the salty air, sucking on some fresh watermelon, sipping chilled water and crawling around on the blanket, she had a BLAST playing in the sand.

She had no problem with the texture. She just went to down digging her little hands and arms in it.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

This week was also her "first swim". That is, the first time she got into a big pool and got accustomed to moving around in the water. We even dipped her face underwater a couple of times, and she was totally fine with it.

I suppose this marks the beginning of this year's swimming season, here in Florida. April to November, roughly. Getting excited about teaching this little one how to swim!

Week 27 Early Learning Program

She tried out some crackers this week too. At first it was fine and she was just sucking on them until they turned to mush. But then she started getting excited and ended up breaking big pieces off, so I had to take it away.

She was not happy about that! We will be getting her some more baby-friendly solids soon.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

We celebrated Easter this week. She had fun exploring some new toys and playing with plastic eggs.

Week 27 Early Learning Program

Hope everyone had a great week!

Resources used this week:

Free Quantity Cards printables (Glenn Doman dot cards)  Free Printable Reading Word Cards (for baby or toddler learn to read program) Everyday Scenes by Van Gogh (set 1)   Flags of North America (set 2)


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  1. 2015/04/13 at 10:36 pm

    How exciting! I’ve tried to click the word card resource link but it doesn’t seem to be working?? Some of the links in the ‘topics’ area don’t seem to be working either. Do they have links yet?

    Thank you so much for sharing tour work!! So wonderful!

    1. 2015/04/14 at 10:29 am

      Hi, sorry about the word cards not having a link yet. I went ahead and put up that graphic but I didn’t have the file ready yet, because I am changing some things (mostly, adding more words to the first year). But if you want to look at the cards that I am currently using, I went ahead and uploaded it here:

      Also, the “topics” section is a work in progress. I haven’t created most of the pages yet which is why there is no link.

  2. 2015/04/13 at 10:52 pm

    It also seems the dot cards image is linked to a dwarf planets pdf :)

    1. 2015/04/14 at 10:04 am

      Sorry about the mixup and thanks for pointing out the error! The link to the dot cards should be working now.

  3. 2015/04/13 at 11:31 pm

    Yeah, you’re up and running again! Looking forward to your posts. And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for posting your BITs. I have been scrounging and making them (not as “pretty” as yours) for the past year and it’s so nice to have a resource! Especially when you’re sleep deprived and can barely make it through the day – lol :) You’re a supermom!

  4. 2015/04/16 at 5:26 am

    Hi, I was wondering what size do you make your word cards. Doman book says to make them something huge, did you find it’s really necessary? Thnks!

    1. 2015/04/16 at 10:30 pm

      I make them at a size of three cards per page (the actual dimensions are 8.5 x 3.6 inches). I don’t understand the Doman recommendation for such large sizes, especially because it means purchasing expensive card stock, cutting everything by hand, and writing everything by hand instead of just printing it out.

      I do not use the enormous 11×11 inch cards he recommends for math cards or encyclopedic knowledge cards either. I used to use 8.5×11 in cards (standard paper size), but now I just use half a sheet per card (so 8.5 x 5.5 inch). I have found that is plenty big enough!

  5. 2015/04/16 at 11:39 am

    Are you using elimination communication with Aria too? I’ve read about it with Damien but I’m wondering if you are using the same steps with her.
    I’m following you from Italy/UK and I really appreciate your work.

    1. 2015/04/16 at 10:33 pm

      I decided to wait and start elimination communication with her once she could sit up steadily on her own and started eating solids, which would be around six months. So we’ve really just started, and it’s been a gradual start. Really all we are doing right now is offering potty opportunities when I think about it and if I notice her pooping in her diaper I will communicate to her what she’s doing and set her on the potty to finish (I usually don’t take the diaper off for this at this point, it’s more about just getting used to pooping in the sitting position and associating pooping with the potty).

  6. 2015/04/19 at 5:17 pm

    SO glad you are back!! Really excited to see the progress the kids are making, and thank you for posting the bits as well!! Are you going to be able to post some bits you used from when you were offline? Thanks!!

    1. 2015/04/20 at 11:23 pm

      I will hopefully have all of the bits I have made available soon. Sorry it takes so long!

  7. 2015/04/19 at 10:35 pm

    Do you print the word cards double sided? If so, how do you flash them — the word, then flip over or words first then back again showing the pictures? Thank you!

    1. 2015/04/20 at 11:19 pm

      Yes, all of my word cards have a word on one side and a picture on the back. I usually say the word first, often running my finger under the letters from left to right, then turn it over and show her the picture, saying the word again. I do not flash them rapidly and these days she usually sits on my lap and we look through the cards like you would look through a book.

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