Over the last few weeks Thing 3 has been begging to “do school.” He actually asks to do school, while Thing 1 and Thing 2 try everything they can to get out of doing anything school related. I realized that I needed something more structured to do with Thing 3, for my sake and his.
I did some research. I didn’t want anything that was too worksheet based. I wanted something that would introduce him to the alphabet, but wasn’t the main focus. I wanted something that would give me a good base that I could easily add to based on what type of activities appeal to Thing 3, because I just can’t seem to use a curriculum straight out of the box. I have to adapt it for me and the boys. I really didn’t need something that was too preschool. Thing 3 just turned 3, he needs more hands on, but I don’t/can’t have to create it all.
I decided on God’s Little Explorers.
God’s Little Explorers has great hands ideas for hands on activities as well as easy to use worksheets. I was easily able to add to a few more activities that interest Thing 3. However, the best part of using this curriculum is that I have been easily able to included Thing 1 and Thing 2. Some activities are ones which they do right along side of Thing 3, while others they are my helpers. In the end they will all be learning and working together.
Today we started week one with a lot of fun and success. This week’s theme is “God’s word is a treasure.” What do you think of when you think of treasure, pirates of course. And x marks the spot for every pirates treasure. This is right up all three boys’ alley.
Together, we started by reviewing the scripture for the week. Then while Thing 3 worked on some of his pirate activities, Thing 1 and Thing 2 went on a secret mission to hide 24 x’s in our backyard.
Once they were all hidden and the boys had completed a certain amount of work, we lead Thing 3 outside to begin his hunt. He loved it. Thing 1 and Thing 2 had fun “helping” him find all the x’s. It was a great break for all of us to get outside and do some learning.
Thing 3 worked on identifying the letter x. Saying the sound for the letter x. We also worked on counting as we counted the cards.
Overall it was a successful and fun activity for all of us.