When the ideas stop flowing naturally I rely on a little business like planning to give the creative juices a jump start. So I sat down this afternoon and thought through the next three months and came up with a theme for each week. This coming week will be Snow. Goodness knows we have enough of it.
The theme of snow will carry us through the week with activities playing into our theme. For example, creating a snowflake chain, playing with snow (indoors-unless it warms up), dressing the snowman, and crafting our own snowmen out of pompoms and any odds and ends we can find in our….”doodle drawers” (figurative for nooks and crannies). I will attempt to teach about the weather cycle and will focus on “S” words. Lately, I have been working with Jakob on sight words. Sight words are one method for learning to read: the child recognizes a word just by memorizing the order of the letters. This strategy is especially effective for visual learners which Jakob may be and Ella probably will be. To do this, I have made some custom flashcards…
These are just a few examples but you get the idea.
The themes are based on seasons and holidays starting with SNOW, then ICE, then CHINESE NEW YEAR, followed by two weeks of VALENTINE’s (it will take a while), FAMILY, THE ZOO and then into LENT.
I have completed my list of Lenten tree ornaments and the stories that they represent, as they trace the fulfillment of God’s covenant with His people. All this will come in a later post.
So there you have it. I am excited at our more focused approach to the week and I think it will be beneficial to both me and the kids. If you have ideas I would love to hear them.