Counting Kisses is a silly little game I play with my daughter, Jessie, who happens to have Down syndrome. It goes like this..."How many kisses can I have?" We negotiate. How ever many kisses she allows, I search for just the right spot, counting each kiss as I go. It's silly and fun and a favorite part of most every day.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Learning With Stickers
I apologize that I don't know how to rotate the picture! We have had this sticker book for quite a while, but was reminded to try it again when my friend Heather recently showed me hers. The last time we'd used it Jessie was more quickly frustrated with it. She has really been enjoying it again this time around. We bought this sticker book at Sam's Club.
Typically, in a sitting, we will do a 2 page spread (sounds like we're talking about scrapbooking, doesn't it?). This day all the pictures were things you would either find in a tool shed or at school. The part that gets a bit tricky is that not all the pictures that belong on one page are found on the same page of stickers. I find the stickers we'll need for the day and only give her those so the task doesn't seem too difficult. Some of the other categories of pages are : Our Bodies, Things we do, Clothes we wear, In the home, Toys and games, Food, Fruits and vegetables, Town and city, Things that go, Farm babies, Pets, Birds,Wild Animals, Little Critters, Sea Animals, At the beach, Time, Sticker Alphabet, Counting Stickers, Opposites, Shapes, Colors.
Jessie has enjoyed this activity. It has given us some variety in our school day. This has been an excellent fine motor exercise, she still has a hard time lining the stickers up perfectly on their outline. It has also been very helpful for categorizing. I don't think she "gets" that in just reading books, but this way she "sees" what goes together. It has been excellent for vocabulary as well. Many of the pictures aren't things we would normally talk about. Although she won't remember all of them, it has given her exposure to new things that aren't in our day otherwise.
Jessie is always happy these days to pose for a picture for my "bwog". When I take pictures of her school work she knows that's where it's going. As a record of what we've been working on I write the date at the top of the page.