Sunday, March 17, 2013
"Sometimes all we really need is a fresh perspective on our circumstances. We need someone to open a window and let a breeze blow into the room that we didn't realize had gotten so stuffy. This book is about opening the windows."
I am thankful that I happened to find this book at the library. The Lord is giving me a fresh perspective, and I am opening the windows!
Friday, March 15, 2013
First a little note on organization. (Okay, it's not such a little note after all). The bins you see in the background of the first picture below are a new organizational method I have been trying recently. We already had the shelves and bins, but had been using them for toys and craft supplies in different locations. So I emptied them out and put them in our living room, which is now our primary learning space. I also rearranged the furniture so that we would have more open space for doing activities on the floor. We have the kids small table by the window for when they need or want to be sitting at a table. Each child has their own shelving unit with twelve bins. The way that we are using them is similar to the "workbox system," but with our own spin on it.
I usually do the following preparation in the evening so it's ready for the next morning:
- First I place each activity for the next day into its own bin with all the supplies needed to complete the activity (whether it's simply reading a book, or making a craft, or whatever).
- Next I place the bins in the order I would like the child to do them.
- Lastly I place the numbers on the bins. The numbers are removable so I can rearrange the bins depending on whether I need a small size or large size for each activity.
Here's a small sampling of some of the things we've done in these last few months since the holidays. And the answer to your question is yes, we do school in our PJ's a lot! :) Just because we can!
One chilly wintery week we read the book The Mitten, and found a bunch of fun printable activities to go along with it. I found these great printables here.
We've been adding in some Montessori inspired activities like transferring pom poms with chopsticks and clothespins (because that's what I had on hand). This activity helps improve fine motor skills, and they can also practice counting and sorting by size and color. Although Caleb really liked how the pom poms felt on his hands!
Caleb has been working on making letter shapes out of play dough. This makes it more hands on for him, and it seems to help him remember the different letters better. Of course after he makes his letter for the day he gets to just play with his play dough. Wesley has been learning digraphs (sh, ch, wh, th). In this picture he is working with dot paints to practice recognizing digraphs. He's using another great printable that I found here. He enjoyed it even more because it had a picture of a Skylander on it!
We had been learning about native Americans and the pioneers, so we made some little teepees. This was a really fun activity that we found in our Living Long Ago book. The boys had a lot of fun decorating them, and then playing with them. We used miniature pirates (because they were the only toy we had that was the right size) and just pretended they were native Americans. That's the beauty of imagination!
This was their own version of dressing up like native Americans...and this was followed by hours of imaginative play!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Thursday, March 24, 2011
These boys don't need a reason to dress up...they enjoy wearing costumes any old time.
Wesley and his snowman.