We have entered a new season within our home school. Before our Christmas break, Thing 3, our 2-year-old, had started to show interest in wanting to do “school,” like his brothers. Meaning that during the time period I am working with his brothers he wanted to be doing stuff too. I knew that this day was coming, however, I was hoping that he would hold off until the beginning of our next school year (May 2013), because I feel like I am finally starting to find my groove when it comes to working with Thing 1 and Thing 2 and I wanted to concentrate on that. Oh well!
Thus during the break I spent some time thinking about how I want to proceed bringing Thing 3 into the realm of “school.” Ultimately I decided that instead of trying to make myself crazy creating some great elaborate theme based plan, I would just use the items I had created in the past, mainly the busy bags that I had created some time ago, that have spent more time collecting dust than actually being used.
My plan is to add specific one on one time with Thing 3 into our current schooling routine. Currently, I rotate back and forth between working with Thing 1 and Thing 2. This has allowed me to work one on one with each boy and then they get a short break while I work with the other boy. Now I will just be adding Thing 3 into the rotation, allowing everyone to get a little longer break and a little more time to our day.
So each week I will do my best to share the different activities that Thing 3 and I do during the week.
Color Wheel Clothespins : He simply matched the colors on the clothespins with the colors on the color wheel. I had tried this activity sometime at the end of last summer and he wasn’t nearly as interested or successful as he was on Wednesday.
On Thursday we played a simple matching game that I created using foam stickers and index cards. He simply had to match the loose foam sticker to the sticker that was stuck on the index card. It took him no time to figure it out. Thing 1 and Thing 2 had fun watching and cheering him on when he made a match.
Thing 3 had a great week and really, really, really enjoyed doing school with his brothers. I hope this is a sign of great things to come next week as we start back to full school next week.
Just a little bit of School with my Tricky Two Year Old!