We have completed two weeks of school after our six week break. It has been good having many activities to pass the day. However, it has been a challenge to get our rhythm back.
I have faith; it will come.
Adding an increased amount of activities for Sunshine has “leveled up” my preparations a bit, but it is well worth it. There have been many times recently that she has asked to have her “school stuff”.
At first having two to prep for was a little daunting. I was thinking that there was a need for two separate streams of preparations…Builder doing such-and-such, Sunshine doing such-and-such. Then the realization hit…all that’s needed is to take what Builder is doing and find an age appropriate version for Sunshine.
This approach has worked well.
For example, Builder was working on spelling using the short a sound. (We have been using the All About Spelling materials and he is growing by leaps and bounds. Spelling/Writing is not his favorite so this is a wonderful thing.)
So, for Sunshine I found a cute, fun activity over at Growing in Pre K that focused on alphabet familiarity and recognition of upper and lowercase letters. The initial activity was to place letters in a bottle filled with rice. There is a sheet with all the letters of the alphabet. Once the letter is found you color the letter on the sheet with the corresponding color.
Builder thought this looked fun so he decided to have a go. Sunshine was not as intrigued, so I left her supplies out on the table and let her come back to it in her own timing.
The next day, she came back to it and asked to pour the letters out of the bottle to find them. We ended up pouring the rice and letters into a bowl so that she could sift through with her fingers. This kept her busy for a long while. She was very much involved with the activity this way and decided she wanted to color the letter and then stick the foam letter on top. Love it! What a great hands-on version of this activity. Honestly, one I never would have thought of myself.
It took coming back to the activity two or three times before she finished, but she always came back to it. Thank you Lord for the creativity you give to each of your children. And, thank you Lord for giving me the eyes to see it.