Once we decided I would homeschool McKenna my mind started spinning about how I was going to do this. Where do I find worksheets? How much time do I spend on handwriting? Spelling? Counting?
I quickly went to twitter and asked on my Facebook page and found some great resources to create my plan.
And then we began.
And her difficulty with small motor tasks made my little worksheets a failure.
Writing was causing her to fatigue (and get frustrated) quickly and I could see her eyes wandering to the toy box in the next room.
I realized my carefully planned worksheets would become scrap paper and I would have to focus on hands-on learning to make this work.
Here are our favorite activities of the week:
Peel Away Letters
What you need:
1. Drop a few drops of your favorite food coloring into a bottle of white glue.
2. Replace the cap and let your kiddo shake away until the food coloring is mixed in thoroughly.
3. Using the glue, draw an example of the letter you are working with on the wax paper and then let your child do the same. (squeezing the glue is a great way to sneak in strengthening little hands)
4. Get creative and let them draw pictures of things that begin with that letter or squirt a pile of glue onto the wax and they can trace their letter in the glue too.
5. Let the letters and pictures dry and then peel them off the next day for an extra chance to review what they learned.
Find the letter
What you need:
-lots of things to sort through (also known as whatever you have nearby)
1. Write the letter you are teaching on a piece of paper or let your child do it.
2. Go on a scavenger hunt for items that begin with that letter and have your little one set them on your letter. We had lots of fun with this, it helps build sorting skills and recognizing letter sounds and since we were using items at home she spent the week continuing her learning by telling us what began with “m” whenever she came across it in the house.
I think I might be getting the hang of this :).
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