Secret Codes and Cherry Trees

A few weeks ago, I wrote all of the words from the first 3 Bob Books in white crayon on computer paper. Then I set up a watercolor station for Joe to reveal the words.

It was a little overwhelming for him. I thought about chucking the idea out altogether, but one of my friends suggested writing one word per sheet. Maybe it would be less frustrating for Joe.

So this week, I wrote one sentence per sheet and we made our own Bob Book – Mac.

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He painted every page and even identified a few ‘secret code’ words. When we were done, I asked him to go back and draw pictures. It was interesting to see how Joe’s version Mac turned out.

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His drawings of people are pretty similar, only we don’t normally have a body.

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We also made a number tree. I drew a tree on a long piece of white cardboard and grabbed a bingo dauber and a die. With a red marker, I wrote numbers in red all over the tree using only 1-6.

I asked Joe, “Is it a cherry tree or an apple tree?”

“A cherry tree!”

He’s a big fan of apples, so his choice surprised me.

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Then, I asked Joe to roll the die, count the dots and turn the numbers into cherries with his red bingo dauber.

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He enjoyed this game. He didn’t get bored or distracted. After correctly counting and converting all of the numbers, he decided that the tree needed a few more cherries.

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After all this, he read ‘Mat’ to his uncle and then asked to make his favorite ‘special surprise’ snack.

Plain Greek yogurt and honey with white chocolate chips on top.

 

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