Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A few things from an 'off' week.

This week has been full of 'NO' and 'I don't wanna' from both boys. Im going to chalk it up to a week of -30 weather and boys who need to get out but whatever it is it's been like pulling teeth to get them dressed or fed much less do any school work. Here are a few easy, quick, little prep, cheap activities we did manage to accomplish this week.

Working with the abacus. RightStart Math has a very nice abacus that is easy to use and color coded by 5's.
We practiced mostly #7 as that is the number we are focusing on this week but played with making some other numbers as well.

Turkey handprints. The top one Loch traced and colored himself (I added the feet) and the bottom one I traced and the boys colored in.Tracing is fantastic fine motor skills work for pre writers.

This is one of those $1 games from Micheal's. For Loch he had dice which he rolled and then took turns moving the pieces that many spaces. (Math, taking turns, fine motor) 

For Asher he only took each tee out and placed it back in a hole. (fine motor)

Magnetic dinosaurs placed and moved on the board. (fine motor, storytelling/pre reading)

I had pulled out my drop spindle and was working with it Loch decided he wanted to as well.
This drop spindle was made from a small wooden dowel and wooded 'wheel' from Joann's. I added a bit of roving that already had some twist in it so it wouldn't just break when spun. He practices Holding the roving in one hand and spinning with the other. 

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