Last time I shared a few of the maths materials that we have out on our shelves at the moment. This time I am sharing some literacy ideas.
In our homeschool room we have one small bookcase. This means that I can't have too many materials out at any one time, which is a bit of a blessing. There is space for about 10-12 small baskets or trays. I usually put out a couple of maths and literacy baskets each for Jack (6.5 yrs) and Sarah (4.5 yrs) as well as some science, fine-motor practice and handwork.
We use these materials in the mornings for about 45 minutes to an hour; Jack calls it activities time 🙂 He and Sarah can choose their own work and work on it for as long as they like. Sometimes they'll do only two or three activities in one session, other times they'll whiz through them, choosing five or six. I don't have a minimum though, they can work at their own pace.
So, here's what we have:
Practising sight words with Scrabble tiles
Practising the letters of the alphabet
Learning initial sounds
And on the book shelf...
My Little World | Planting the Wild Garden | Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes | When Pigasso Met Mootisse | How Does My Garden Grow? | A Seed is Sleepy | The Animal Book | Bone Collection: Animals
If you would like to know anything at all about these lovely books, please just ask. They are all so beautiful.
These sessions are so fun for me - and Jack and Sarah really like them too; I can really see the benefit in allowing a child to choose their own work. Plus, how fun is it going through your materials and putting together baskets?! I just love it.
Having the activities on the shelf like this also means I can focus on skills like reading, writing, maths strategies and fine motor skills (we have knot tying and fork knitting out at the moment) by incorporating them into an area of interest.
This is more inviting for Jack and Sarah and it's a lot less stressful for me too. I can watch them work - and make small tweaks to the baskets if needed - but mostly the activities stay the same for a couple of weeks.
Activities Time and Project Work make up the bulk of our homeschool days. 🙂
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