I believe that someone made a HUGE mistake when setting the dates for Mother's and Father's Day. If Father's Day was shortly before Mother's Day, then MAYBE Dad's would take a hint at the things we do for them and follow our lead on Mother's Day. But alas, no one asked me how the calendar should go.
Since there is a chance that at least a few dads will not assist their children with doing something for their mom (yes, this is based on past experience) I give my children the opportunity to create things for me while I am creating something for MY mother.
So, with Mother's day right around the corner, it's card making time at my house.
Here is an example of one of the cards created last night. The front of the card shows the sign for "I love you." This simple message also reinforces the sign language that my children know. So, let's make sure we get at least one card this year Mama's.
*Truth be told, getting things doesn't matter to me, but I do feel it is EXTREMELY important that my children show their love and appreciation for me on Mother's Day. (Especially since I know they will be doing things for their dad on Father's Day.)
- Construction paper
- Glue (squeeze bottle of glue for muscle strengthening)
- Pencil, Pens, Crayons and/or Markers
- Fine/Visual Motor: Cutting with Scissors;
- Fine Motor Strengthening: Scissors; Squeezing glue bottle
- Visual Perceptual/Spacial Relations: Situating pieces onto paper
- Color Concepts: Coordinating; Contrasting
- Mathematics: Estimation; Symmetry
- Problem Solving & Deductive Reasoning: Hypothesis of Symmetric shapes & Spacial Relations
- Writing Readiness: Brainstorming thoughts of why one is thankful/appreciative; Translating the above thoughts into pictures and/or words
- Social Concepts/Skills: Appreciation; Empathy; Communication; Initiation of Interactions
- Language: ASL
1. Select the color of construction paper for the hand and trace your hand with a pencil. (most children will need an adult to trace their hand)
-Color Concepts: as each additional color of construction paper is selected discuss why they are using that color and how the colors complement each other
2. Cut out the traced hand following the pencil lines.
3. Fold the middle two fingers down (creating a 3D effect) to form the ASL sign for "I Love You."
Discuss what this sign means and if your child is not familiar with sign language this is a great time to talk about how you can communicate without saying a word.
*Discussion ideas are at the bottom of the page
|Partial Heart Drawn on Fold|
4. Fold the construction paper that you want to use for hearts and draw half a heart along the fold.
-Have your child hypothesize why they are drawing this shape on the fold and how the shape will change when it is cut out and unfolded. (for increased skill they could try cutting the partial heart shape on the fold without drawing it in pencil first)
5. Cut out the heart following the pencil lines while the paper is folded. Open up the heart and see if your hypothesis was correct. This is a great time to discuss symmetry.
6. If you want multiple hearts on your card then repeat steps 4-5. Experiment with creating different sized hearts for fun.
7. Select a piece of construction paper for the card and fold it in half. Situate the hand and heart(s) on the front of the card however you like. When you are happy with the placement glue the pieces in place.
8. Write whatever you like for the front of the card. (ex. I LOVE YOU, MOM)
9. Discuss why you love the person and are thankful for/appreciative. Brainstorm words and/or pictures that can convey your thoughts. Customize the inside with a special message.
-Color Concepts: When selecting colors to use for drawing/writing discuss if the colors will be able to be seen on the colored construction paper (ex. yellow colored pencil on a yellow piece of paper will be difficult to see)
10. Do a happy dance - you have created a unique card to express your love for your mom!
1. If you wanted to communicate with someone, but had a sore throat and could not talk what would you do... if you were thirsty.... if you were tired.... if you wanted to say good bye?
2. Gestures are a great way to communicate non-verbally (without talking). What would be difficult to tell someone with only gestures?
3. People who are unable to hear clearly use sign language to communicate. In addition to people who can not hear well, who else might use signs and/or gestures to communicate? (ex. baby, someone who is talking with someone who can not hear...)
4. Why do they use sign language instead of just writing everything down and communicating via paper?