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.