Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tot School - Week 7

I tried something new last week with great results.

It's silly, really, but I repurposed some baskets I have into workboxes for Maddie and Josh.  My hope was that it would help organize me in coming up for things he could do, but it has really worked wonders on him.  Where he fought me with doing any activity I tried to do with him (for the most part), he now wants to work through the boxes.  The funny thing is I'm putting things in them that he resisted doing before.  I've even discovered this week that toys that he's never shown any interest in are enthusiastically played with when put into a workbox.  Silly, huh?

Here's his workboxes:

 I'll make nicer labels after we move, but they are working for now.  I haven't been filling box 6 since we dont' usually get that far anyway, but he's been begging me to put something in it anyway.  I might see if I can do away with it when we move so I don't have a box on top like I do now.

I used the letter A theme from Confessions of a Homeschooler to come up with some simple activities for him to do.  In addition to sorting apple pictures by size, putting together apple puzzles, we've done some art activites, some phonics, and some math worksheets.  I insert the latter two and calendar between baskets as I can.

Here's Josh doing some apple prints.  They didn't come out as well as I had hoped.  I don't know if that's just they way they come out or if it is the fact we were using very old, low quality, tempura paints.

We also did some potato stamping.  I cut a rough circle, star, the letter A, and a square in to bits of potato.  They really liked them.

I also had Josh draw and picture and asked him to tell me a story about his picture.  It's all about moving, which has been difficult for him to embrace.  He doesn't want to move again.

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