If you are a homeschooling Mom and you have two or more children, I really hope you will share with me how you handle them both at the same time. I find that I always have to neglect one while I handle the other. It is difficult to get them both involved in constructive activities at the same time. Perhaps it is the age disparity and their polar opposite dispositions. If you have any advice, tips or suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments.
In an effort to increase diversity in Gavin’s day, these are a few of the activities that we have been doing lately.
We picked this up at MPH as part of my effort to “cheer Gavin up” one morning when he was feeling rather bluesy.
It is filled with lots of fun and simple science experiments that you can do with everyday materials at home. Here are a couple that we did recently:
Living in Ice: you’re supposed to build a structure from ice cubes. The process will be difficult because the ice cubes will slide off. They then suggest sprinkling salt on the ice cubes so that they stick together. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work quite the way it was supposed to because my ice was melting too fast. We did sort of see the ice sticking together.
As Cool as Water or Air? This was another easy one showing that water takes longer to lose its heat compared to air.
2. Guess the Dinosaur
We play this in the car and in restaurants while we’re waiting for the food. It doesn’t have to be dinosaurs, it can be anything your child likes. It is great for a topic like dinosaurs because it helps to reinforce new names.
How the game is played: one person names x number of dinosaurs and the other person has to guess which dinosaur the first person is thinking of. For example, if we’re playing 6 dinosaurs, I will select 6 dinosaurs at random – ankylosaurus, chungkingosaurus, diplodocus, edmontonia, stegosaurus, and tarchia. Then I will think of one dinosaur from the 6 I have chosen and Gavin has to guess which one it is I am thinking of. When he gets my dinosaur, it is his turn to choose 6 dinosaurs, select 1 of the 6 and I have to guess which one he has chosen.
Variation of the game: one person thinks of a dinosaur and names one feature of the dinosaur. For example, the dinosaur has a clubbed tail.
I bought this one from Borders Bookstore while waiting for Gavin to finish his class. It was a spur of the moment purchase but a real hit with Gavin. Created by The Orb Factory, it is basically a mosaics by numbers. Each colour is allocated a number and you have to match the stickers to the numbers. It is pretty straight forward but the pieces are small and fiddly so it’s great for developing fine motor skills.
It comes with four pictures and shiny/textured stickers. The end effect is rather aesthetically pleasing. While a great activity for Gavin, it is once again a hazard for Gareth so we have to work on it only at specific times when Gareth is occupied with other activities.
Gavin received a Paint Your Own Hello Kitty Bank at a party, so I figured he could paint it and give it to his godsisters as a present (Kai Mah – it’s a secret so don’t tell R) since I’m certain Daddy would object to his son having a Hello Kitty Bank…