Here are our workboxes prior to starting this week:
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This week I introduced a new concept to Bee. We are starting to Journal. Bee can draw, he can color, use stickers whatever he wants. I have prompted him a little bit to start. After our morning routine I asked Bee if he wanted to write in his journal. If he said yes than we got our journal, colors and stickers. I asked him what we did the day before and we wrote hand over hand whatever his answers were. After we write for a bit I give him other supplies to decorate his pages with. Most days he likes to write something but occasionally he just draws. It is up to him. My goal is to get him to write/draw once a week.
In our foundations bins both kids have flashcards. Which they love. Bee has even taken to teaching Sweets her shapes and colors. Victory!! One less thing for me to do.
This is real life and real life is messy. I’ve learned to just embrace it ….and clean up before snacks. Its my little trick to keeping things from getting out of control. Here we are with our number bean
bags. One side has a number (2) and the other side has it written out (two). I love them. I had Bee pick a bag look at the number then I told him what it was and he repeated it before he threw it into the bin. Math with a physical element thrown in. He threw these all week long. I got out different baskets for him to use just to mix things up.
Sweets is getting better and better at puzzles. Melissa & Doug Shapes Sound Puzzle
is amazing much like their entire collection. This puzzle was an easy way to incorporate auditory learning and independence.
This week our focus was our language bin, specifically the letter K. Bee’s speech has been improving and we have been working hard for his success. We also recruited Sweets into our speech therapy activities. Might as well. Our speech therapist has been amazing and supports our education goals. She often prints me off resources with activities for us to do in between our sessions. I am so blessed to have her support. I have also found many great speech resources online. (I will share some in a later post.)
We had an off day and didn’t get any of learning activities down until Jason got home. It was actual a nice treat for all of us. I probably appreciated it the most because we could work with both the kids and help them at the same time.
First we colored our “K” sound images. Then we practiced our scissor skills before glueing our pictures onto a giant K.
Our pictures are ready for the fridge and practicing our “K” sound. We often display our work on the fridge but I also discovered that it was the perfect reminder to actually use our project. When Bee wanted a snack we had to say at least a few words correctly first. Sweets also enjoyed pointing to her page while I told her what the objects were.
For our world study we went back in time. To when dinosaurs roamed the earth! Bee loves Dino’s so we had lots of fun options for our bins. It was perfect because somethings were better for older kids and some activities were good for all ages.
Bee received a Dinosaur building figurine for Christmas that came with his very own screw driver. How exciting! He loves to take this apart and build it over and over again. We also have gigantic dominoes with dinosaur pictures. We played a lot of games matching the Dinosaurs but also talking about the differences between them. Long legs, short arms, wings, horns, etc. We also read some great books with some of our favorite people.
For the younger crowd our designated activity was playing with play dough and cookie cutters. Bee couldn’t let Sweets have all the fun so they played together.