Our local homeschool group has a monthly gathering during the autumn/winter/spring months which we refer to as “gym day.” The primary purpose of these gym days are social, though we try to provide the children with many gross motor activities and a few crafts. One such craft for our most recent super hero themed gym day was to write and illustrate an All About Super Me book.
LittleMan is 5 years old and, like many homeschooled children, he is advanced in the subjects he is most passionate about. If you were to discuss science with him, you might be surprised to find that he grasps concepts that are difficult for the average third grader. However, you only need to look at his reading and writing to realize that he’s a typical 5 year old with both strengths and weaknesses. Writing science reports and also writing his own stories about topics of interest to him have been our best methods for encouraging our reluctant writer.
This was a fun and simple activity that LittleMan enjoyed. It could easily be done with post-it notes but I happen to have some adhesive address labels on hand so I used those.
In the basket there were a small collection of toys: a sheep, a pig, a tiger, a cow, a red LEGO brick, a blue LEGO brick, a yellow LEGO brick, and a green LEGO brick. (more…)
For those who are just joining us, today is the 3rd and final day in a mini series of posts about our new permanent homeschool stations. For the first few weeks of the school year I was changing out the available tools on LittleMan’s shelves every week, leaving them bare on the weekends. This was a source of stress for me to come up with new activities for his shelves on top of changing out his box lessons every day, SunnyGirl’s tot trays every week, and their sensory bin(s) every week. To make it worse, LittleMan didn’t really seem to interested in some of the options that were put out for him! After some thinking and some talking with LittleMan I decided to continue with our box system as that is working well for us, but to remove the additional activities for awhile, and instead offer permanent stations for basic skills which we are constantly working on: cutting, reading, and writing.
Today’s station, writing. (more…)
As I mentioned in my last post, I really wanted to capitalize on this dinosaur kick LittleMan is on and create a dinosaur themed sensory writing tray, much like the fairy and mermaid writing trays I had seen on Pinterest. Today, I finally found the motivation to put it together.
LittleMan’s grandmother recently sent him a stack of dinosaur books she’d found hidden on her shelves so dinosaurs, which have always been popular in our home, are even bigger right now. We read the books and set up various small world plays with our toy dinosaurs, use toy dinosaurs for painting dino tracks, last weekend we even froze some dinosaurs in a block of shaving cream to play with on a hot day.
I wanted LittleMan do so some writing practice, something beyond tracing the words I write in highlighter on a piece of paper. I had hoped to set up a whole theme writing tray like I had seen on Pinterest (like this, and this). I still plan on putting one together, but to be frank, I just didn’t have the time or motivation do to so.
Instead I offered LittleMan this simple tray: