Teaching To Twins http://teachingtotwins.com My journey of using my teaching experience to support the learning and development of my Twins! Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 It’s all about Bugs! http://teachingtotwins.com/2017/02/its-all-about-bugs/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2017/02/its-all-about-bugs/#respond Tue, 07 Feb 2017 17:25:46 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=430 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

As the holidays are over we are settling back into our routines and kicking off some more learning activities, and this week is All About Bugs.

 

Each day we have planned literacy activities, sensory activities, sorting, identifying, and field trips great for everyone ranging from your very young toddlers to your mid-level elementary level student. So much of language and Reading development relies on exposure to vocabulary so picking a unit to focus on can help you just as much as the kids.

Choosing a unit also helps children gain more information, as they link all new words and learning together to form a better understanding.



 

It’s All About Bugs Unit! 

Each day we read a new page of Eric Carle’s classic Hungry Hungry Caterpillar and added to our Retell of the story, to practice comprehension.

This week’s keyword is Caterpillar. 

Introducing the letter C

Song of the week: The Itsy Bitsy Spider.  (read The very Busy spider by Eric Carle)

This unit also includes exposure to the following skills:

Names of fruits, colors, Days of the week, and same and different activities (the goal is not mastery for toddlers, it is just exposure).

 

Sensory Activites:




  1. Play-dough bug hunt: Using a package of fake bugs (1$ Dollartree) and some playdough, we made a clever game of hide and seek, looking for the bugs.
  2. Bug sensory Bin: Reusing the fake bugs I put them in a small bin with some toy farm animals. We played a game asking “Is this a bug?” and sorted the animals from the bugs.

Field Trips

  1. The Zoo: we spent some time learning about bugs at the LA zoo. We also learned about the animals that eat bugs.
  2. Bugs Life Land in Disneyland Splashpad. It was fun to get shrunk down to the size of a bug and play with our surrounding, of course most bugs wouldn’t like the water so much, but my little bugs couldn’t get enough.

 

 

With Love,

Dani

 

 




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Disney’s Haunted Mansion just got better… http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/disneys-haunted-mansion-just-got-better/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/disneys-haunted-mansion-just-got-better/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:41:52 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=415 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

Each year Disneyland decorates the park for the fall festivities.

Mainstreet is covered in pumpkins, The day of the dead is celebrated in Frontierland, and the Haunted Mansion receives a special makeover as Jack Skelington’s Nightmare before Christmas.

This year, Disney has included a new person in their display. While Sally, Jack’s girlfriend from the beloved Tim Burton movie, has only previously appeared as a small one-foot doll at the exit of the ride, this year she is full size and adding just touch more detail to the Jack Skelington story.

Haunted Mansion get one new resident

Photo Credit to: https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/09/halloween-time-at-the-disneyland-resort-begins-today-with-new-spooky-spectres-in-haunted-mansion-holiday-at-disneyland-park/?CMP=SOC-FBPAGE20160915150000

Inside the Graveyard scene, a full-size Sally animatronic can be seen peering dreamingly at Jack dressed as Sandy Claws from behind a grave stone.

Keep an eye out for her, and few other details that have been added by Imagineers to make this year’s Christmas Haunted Mansion better than ever!Can you spot the additions? Add them to the comments below? Which Haunted Mansion do you prefer, the traditional or the Nightmare before Christmas? Tell us why below.

Looking to give your home a Nightmare before Christmas makeover this year for Halloween: Check out this great Pinterest board of ideas : https://www.pinterest.com/mrsdaniwilson/nightmare-before-christmas/?etslf=7612&eq=nightmare

With Love,

Dani

 

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Support English Language Learners with Social Language http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/support-english-language-learners-with-social-language/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/support-english-language-learners-with-social-language/#respond Sun, 18 Sep 2016 03:58:14 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=417 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

 

I hope to raise my children as citizens of the world. I hope they will be compassionate towards the struggles of those around them, and will constantly gain perspective on what those people must do to be successful. I hope I will raise them to ask themselves, “What can I do to help?” “How can I make their burden lighter?” “How can I support someone else trying to follow their dream?”

I recently published an article for Team Rakbo, an online platform designed to help international students.




In this article, I recall obstacles in the classroom while trying to help ELL (English Language Learners). I also detail my experiences in college classes that helped me gain perspective on what it would be like to be a student trying to learn in a language I did not fully understand yet.

Of course, I also included some helpful tips for those socializing with ELL students and for the students themselves.  These are specific ideas on how you can help someone who is struggling.

This resource focuses on language outside of the classroom, and how important that type of language can be to helping an ELL student succeed in the classroom. Just socializing in casual situations, participating in the conversation, or being one of the gain, can support these learners for more than you may ever know.

Support my writing by clicking the link, and leaving a comment on Team Rakbo’s site about what you thought.

I hope you find the article interesting and that it helps you understand a new perspective.

Learning the Social Language

 

As Always Thank you for your support!

With Love,

Dani

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First Birthday Fun http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/first-birthday-fun/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/first-birthday-fun/#respond Sat, 17 Sep 2016 17:19:42 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=406 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

Last week we were so blessed to celebrate the Twin’s first Birthday in Disneyland with their Grandparents and some of their aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Disney with 5 kids under the age of 3 was a different exxpirence. Everything was so interesting, new, exciting, and of course fun! dsc05187-2

We started off our family trip with a character breakfast in Disneyland with the Grandparents. The Plaza Inn has a scumptious breakfast, that kept us full all the way until dinner.

We played, went on rides, and saw the parade.




 

Our Disney passes include all photos, and oh boy was this a treat. We left with over 150 professional photos snapped by Disney photographers. What a great treat!

 

dsc05186-3Disneyland-Twins and Grandma

The next day more family joined us! Group Picture in DisneyWe were able to see the frozen show and meet Anna and Elsa After.

We had lunch in the Disney Gardens and sang Happy Birthday to the twins.

The littles had a blast playing in the Bugs life splash pad while the grown ups took turns using the Disney parent switchpass, so we could ride the Cars Racers Ride.

It was such a packed weekend of fun to celebrate one amazing year of the twins in our life.

 

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Learning with Sound and Music- All ages! http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/learning-with-sound-and-music-all-ages/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/learning-with-sound-and-music-all-ages/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:00:51 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=396 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

 

Learning activities with sound and music for all ages

I had so much fun learning about sound and music with my twins.

 

I was asked to write a full learning activities list for all ages by the Home School Expo.

 

Check it out: Click to support, Share if you love it, and Comment if you have some great ideas for learning

Sound and Music Unit Study

 

Thanks,

Dani

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Guest Post- Appreciate the Abilities You Have http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/appreciate-the-abilities-you-have/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/appreciate-the-abilities-you-have/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2016 06:00:30 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=376 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

Today I am proud to introduce a guest blog publication by Terry. Terry and I connected through some blogger support groups. It didn’t take long for us to decide to collaborate. Terry writes from the heart and offers a uniquely positive perspective on life. Enjoy her first of what we hope to be many, Guest Post.

Guest blogger, write about how to appreciate your abilities even in the face of obstacles.

September symbolizes a new beginning, which many people need after a long summer. I have noticed that a lot of people take advantage of their abilities or talents. Everyone has skills, and we may not make use of them regularly. Some people may have the capacity to see, walk, or speak and most of the time take them for granted.




Being confined to a wheelchair does not mean someone should spend their life at home, and isolated from society. I depend on my black a gray power chair to get around the city. I may not have use of my legs, but nonetheless, I have the ability to talk, see, and to listen. Although I have insufficient arm movement, I am pursuing a career. I share this because people who do not have a disability tend to waste their time. I understand school is not for everyone, but there are other ways to be productive.

A good way is through volunteering, and this Inspiring author write about living life with a disability and still inspiring others. can be for anyone who is an able body or not. Becoming a volunteer is a big responsibility, and it takes dedication. Although, you’re not receiving an income, it’s still a job. There is an enormous level of commitment involved. In today’s world people always expect something in return. I’ve often said, “lend a helping hand, you never know when you’ll need one.”

 

If volunteering is not your cup of tea, try going out for a daily walk (in our case drive). Being out of the house provides a sense of freedom. Try going out by yourself, without your personal provider (if possible). If you try this a few times a week, you’ll receive a sense of independence. In return, you will feel good about yourself, and about accomplishing a new. Let’s face life is too short, and we must live it to the fullest.

I encourage you to volunteer and experience the beauty of helping someone in need. I would like to hear from you. Keep me posted!

Terry

 

 

Blogger Terry writes post about appreciating the abilities you have  Terry is a new blogger in Los Angeles, who decided to start her blog page for several reasons. Terry was born with a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy and uses a wheelchair to get around. Like every woman, she enjoys make-up and fashion. Terry hopes that her decision to start a blog will help share her point of view and personal experiences, raising awareness and promoting community. She aspires to be a motivational speaker, encouraging students to overcome personal obstacles and stay in school. Terry invites all her readers to personally connect with her. Please comment, follow on Terry’s journey on Instagram, or visit Terry’s blog.

Blog link: Lifestylewithterry.com

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lifestylewithterry/




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#TBT HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE TWINS! http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/tbt-happy-birthday-to-the-twins/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/tbt-happy-birthday-to-the-twins/#respond Thu, 08 Sep 2016 06:00:21 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=384 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

One year ago today my sweet little Eleanor and her baby brother Walter were born.

I became the blessed mother of a son whose smiles like his Daddy and a daughter who smiles like me. And we have spent the last year smiling and laughing together.

I won’t be a long post today, because I’ll get far more sappy than anyone wants to read, but I will invite you into the special moment where our happily ever after became a bit more more joyous.

Don’t worry, it is a modest birth video- haha.

and our first week with them.

 

All the grandparents arrive today to help us celebrate these babies being one year old today! And Tomorrow we will be all together in Disneyland.

 

With love,

Dani

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Animal Sounds App for tots! http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/animal-sounds-app-for-tots/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/animal-sounds-app-for-tots/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 17:06:40 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=386 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

Animal Sounds app for kids, toddlers, and babies!

 

Although I only allow limited screen time in our home, I am so Thankful for finding Tinyugames.com and their wonderful App.

Because, let’s be real, those are those moments where you need to distract the kids for just a few minutes so you can pay a bill, throw in a load of laundry, or have three minutes to use the restroom in peace.

Today, for example, the twins were fighting, and we were just waiting for Chopper (our dog) to finish eating so we could leave and run some errands.

I decided toTeacher and parent approved app for babies, toddlers, and young learners. pull out the Tinyu game’s Animals: Sound & Games application to go along with our sound and music learning unit this week.

 

I selected between barn and zoo sounds and Animal sound App- Mom and teacher tell why it this is the best application for your baby, toddler, or young learner www.teachingtotwins.comlet the twins begin to play. It is easy enough that even them being a day shy of one began to recognize what buttons would bring up a new animal and that tapping the screen would produce the animals sound. At first, they were surprised to hear the lion roar. After about a minute they had the full hang of it. They began giggling and tapping around.

 

The best part is the way this application is set up, I didn’t have to worry about them taking turns or fighting over it. Any time a tap happened, so did any animal sound, then immediately followed by giggles.

Animal sound App- Mom and teacher tell why it this is the best application for your baby, toddler, or young learner www.teachingtotwins.com

I highly recommend parents with babies and toddlers to visit your application store and download this application. Here’s why:

  • It’s currently FREE. 
  • It features low level of background noise. It is developed by mom’s for mom’s so they made sure to make it so it would not be irritating. Some other apps out there don’t think about this.
  • It has very little flashing or screen lighting. Some applications try to entertain babies or toddlers with lots of activity and flashing on the screen. NOT THIS ONE! which is good, because your baby or toddler doesn’t need that type of stimuli, the sounds are enough.
  • The sounds are made by people. We have a puzzle that does real animal sounds which is great for Walt and Ellie to have both of these in their life. The puzzle helps them know what it really sounds like, and the application helps their language develop as they imitate sounds. 
  • It has mini games to test their knowledge and understanding. This is great for older toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarten children!
  • They love it!

Animal sound App- Mom and teacher tell why it this is the best application for your baby, toddler, or young learner www.teachingtotwins.com

Once you download the application, comment below with a picture of your little playing the app to win a free book for you little one. OR post a picture on instagram #playmattersmost    Let us know how it is going!

 

With love,

Dani

To read more about Tinyu games and their applications visit: tinyugames.com

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Why Coloring at an early age is important http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/why-coloring-at-an-early-age-is-important/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/why-coloring-at-an-early-age-is-important/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:50:39 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=363 Continue reading ]]> FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

why coloring is important at an early age! Coloring with your baby can help them prepare to learn to read. www.teachingtotwins.com

 

Your baby never too young to start coloring with you.

While some studies have shown that parents that color earlier with their children, encourage the development of their child creativity, other studies are finding an important correlation between coloring and something called graphonemic knowledge, which is the ability to recognize differences in shapes and symbols that eventually contribute to learning to read.

While in previous post we have discussed the importance of vocabulary exposure (link here) Coloring is just one more simple way you can take the first steps with your child to give them a head start on reading.




When your child is too young, color on a clipboard Baby coloring- How it can make them prepared for reading later on. www.teachingtotwins.comletting them see you choose a color and then begin to fill in the picture. As they are able to (about 10-12 months) begin helping them hold the crayon and scribble. It may feel a little silly, but you are helping them develop the fine motor skills they will need later on.

As your children start wanting independence in coloring come up with new ways to incorporate it, such as coloring in a box or on a giant poster board.

Encourage them to add scribbles below theirA parents guide on how young children learn to write, and how parents can help. Teachingtotwins.com drawing to help “tell a story” this will become writing later on. To read more about how to help your child develop writing here are two guest articles I wrote that have activity ideas and feedback examples:

http://www.tinyugames.com/encouraging-young-learners-to-write-a-guide-for-parents-part-1/

http://www.tinyugames.com/encouraging-young-learners-to-write-a-guide-for-parents-part-2/

Don’t forget to do something with those coloring pages. I like putting mine in thank you cards to Grandparents or cousins.

 




Happy coloring! 

Baby coloring- how it can help them learn to read later on. www.teachingtotwins.comWith Love,

Dani

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Encouraging young learners to write part 2 http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/encouraging-young-learners-to-write-part-2/ http://teachingtotwins.com/2016/09/encouraging-young-learners-to-write-part-2/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 19:14:17 +0000 http://teachingtotwins.com/?p=360 FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestGoogle GmailShare

I wrote the second article in this series for tiny u games. Check it out please to show your support http://www.tinyugames.com/encouraging-young-learners-to-write-a-guide-for-parents-part-2/

 

click through to article and share of you can.




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