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.
You can find me at Childswork discussing autism and marriage
and lastly at glow in the woods (I can’t believe I’m there!) sharing my thoughts on grief over the years.
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