I have been searching for ways to find one activity that meets the learning needs of all my kids. I know motherhood comes with a multitasking requirement but my mind sort of starts spinning when someone is saying “how do you spell happy?” while someone else is asking me to draw a circle and someone else needs scissors and someone else is reciting the quadratic equation formula.
So this week when I found ONE activity that worked for everyone, just in different ways, I sort of felt like I hit the motherhood-multitasking lottery.
Here’s what we to do:
1. Write the letters of the alphabet scattered all over the driveway:
- the kids who can write, write
- the kids who can’t helped me “remember” what letter comes next
- the kids who are working on writing were helped by the teenager
2. Choose an activity for each learning level:
- the kids learning the alphabet have to travel from A to B to C, etc.
- the kids learning letter sounds hopped to the letter that started with the word I called out
- the kids learning to spell traveled from letter to letter until they spelled the word I called out
3. Try not to get too excited when even your teenager joins in and you can work on spelling with her and she helps the little ones figure out what to do next.
4. Repeat all the time because they love this game and pretty soon snow will be covering your driveway. (also, do NOT take a photo of said teen playing game, she will run)
Also? I was lucky enough to write at quite a few different places this week.
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I’m so glad you’re getting around (with your writing. Ha. It’s funnier if you leave that part off, though). And I love your tactics because it’s pressure-less. Kids don’t need pressure when learning. I’ve always thought it does the opposite. Teen help is even better.
I love that the teen helped you out with this, and that she did not want her photo taken while doing it.
I’ve just forwarded your post to my sister who is actually thinking about to homeschool her son at the age of 8. Your helpful advices could help her to make the decision…
Lady Jennie says
What a great idea! I almost go out of my mind multi-tasking English, music theory, piano, school homework (which is very parent-involved) and all three clamoring for my attention at once.
I just have one, so I don’t have to worry about finding things that work on separate levels. I think you found a great one, though.
great game! i’ll have to try it with my kids before it’s too cold to be outside here, too.
This is such a great learning activity. I bet that since it’s fun they don’t even realize that they are learning. Love it!
A born teacher you are!!! I am sure you’d have the time to fit it in as well!! lol
You are one busy lady…….with an energy that is inspirational. Thanks.
Since I’m at home now pretty soon my daughter won’t be in daycare anymore and I’m terrified of coming up with learning activities to do at home. She just turned two so nothing too advanced, but I know they’re learning the alphabet and counting a little at daycare and I’m not sure I have the patience for all that! I don’t know how you do it!
Brilliant game! We will try it – thanks for sharing the great idea. Will also go over to the other sites to check out your posts. Sending hugs and hope your way. xoxo
Not a Perfect Mom says
you’re such a good mom…
I love this! Even with just my two littles, it’s sometimes tough to find something that challenges both of them without being too complicated.