Tuesday, April 20, 2010
I finally got to show off all my WorkVelcro handiness to our TORCH group last week and decided it's time to do the obligatory blog post as well. I came up with this system whilst laying in bed pregnant all Summer, trying to figure out how to keep nine schooling kids occupied enough that I could sleep in with what was soon to be a nursing newborn. It started in my mind as a pile of index cards stuffed into those little cardboard library card holder thingys and taped generously to the front of their schoolwork boxes. The more I tossed and turned over it, I was able to eventually develop the idea into its current incarnation. Once I had the idea up and moving I discovered this thing called Work Boxes. It's a remarkably similar system but I decided to stick with mine for a number of reasons, mostly due to the sheer number of creatures I school on a daily basis.
So here's how WorkVelcro works - I think most of these are of Philip's cards.
Play a Game (alone or with a few sibs - will be assigned)
Play a Computer game (specific games are assigned along with this card)
Ride scooter (this is a therapeutic goal for several of them - many of the cards incorporate therapeutic activities as well)
LeapPad or Leapster
Various types of Math drills - Flashmaster, flashcards, math games, etc
Wii (we've been using Wii fit Balance games to meet therapeutic goals)
Read chapter books or history books
Read to a younger
And that's it. Putting together the laminated task cards was the most time-consuming aspect of putting this into effect. I think daily of more cards I could add to the system and will continue to mix in more activities. The kids *love* this. I don't get the cards ready every day and I don't expect myself to. If we do the cards 2 or 3 days a week then I've had a good week with the system.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I have a 5 year old who totally gets money. I've never had one of those before. It was fun listening to him talk to Adora this morning who was totally unprepared for a 5 year old to actually know what he was talking about when he has a fiver and some change in his possession.
Adora, I have six dollars and five cents.
Yeah. I have a dollar and five cents.
I have five dollars.
I have a hundred and five cents.
Yeah and I have five dollars.
So I have six dollars and five cents.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Philip has some trouble forming sentences and hearing what he's said or written. Currently he has a very difficult assignment, then. He is doing a "research" report on Amerigo Vespucci and I asked him to write down five new things he had learned about Amerigo in complete sentences - must start with a capital, end with punctuation and have a noun and an action word. Once he wrote his sentences, I asked him to read them aloud to Betsy since he can't see if they are lacking without hearing them in action. He turned in his paper and this sentence apparently made perfect sense to him: Amerigo to school.
Monday, April 05, 2010
Sunday, April 04, 2010
So...after staying up all night for Liturgy, gorging ourselves at the Paschal Feast, sleeping for a few hours and then hunting down baskets in our own yard it was off to Aunt Great's house for an epic nerf battle and egg hunt for the wee ones. Adults v Kids. 3 eggs per team. Get all the eggs on your side to win. GO!
Another successful and way fun Easter Basket Scavenger Hunt. We started this tradition last year and the kids liked it so much we did it again but modified it a bit. We repeated the idea of picture clues printed out on the printer in black and white but this time they found their baskets along the way instead of all of them in one spot at the end and the boundaries were expanded into some of the neighbors' yards which meant a bit of traipsing up and down the street. We had a couple of mix-ups with climbing the wrong tree due to Hunt Master error and searching the wrong picnic table due to Hunter Reader error. The older ones had a bit more....challenging basket recovery while the younger ones retrieved their baskets early on and made short order of the contents.