Friday, March 9, 2012

We Love Playdough

I'm frustrated with the lack of consistency I have had with doing our little school time each day. In my head, I have this idea that we will have a theme each week, with some themes going on several weeks. Each Tuesday we go to story time at the library, I buy a used children's book for 50 cents or a dollar (depending on the size and paper back/hard back), and I want to start checking out a bunch of books that go along with our theme, as well. Then, each Thursday, we have a little field trip that often corresponds with the theme. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday I will do one-hour lessons with the books we check out, songs, and activities.

But I seem to be failing miserably at making the time and planning ahead well enough to be consistent with it. We were having a month-long unit on animals, but this is one of the only days I managed to do a lesson with Talmage. We did, however, make it to free day at the zoo, PetSmart, Bass Pro Shop (like Cabelas), and to visit a lady who breeds bulldogs and has pet donkeys for our field trips. I really need to get more on the ball with this idea and put it into action, because it makes Talmage so happy and he really learns a lot. He is always bringing me the children's encyclopedia we have and asking me to "read about bodies and animals," since I used that book to help with those units.

Anyway, now that I've shared the idea, perhaps I'll be better about it. It's amazing what accountability does to motivate me. :)

Here's Talmage playing with playdough. We were making animals with it!

I made the pig, obviously, but he liked adding his own touch to it.

Love that concentration!

3 comments:

  1. You are a way better mom than I am, so don't be hard on yourself. I finally started up a little playgroup with Peter and some kids his age so we could do these sorts of things once a week. I need the motivation of a bunch of other moms counting on me to actually do it even that often.

    But here's a cute idea we did: tear up tissue paper in various colors to small pieces (the kids loved this part), then stuff it in a ziplock baggie. When it's pretty full, smooth it out to fill all the corners, squeeze out the air, and seal it. Then fan-fold it down the middle and wrap a colored pipe cleaner around it. Ta-da - a butterfly! We also glued ours to large craft sticks to make them like puppets. You can see pictures on Facebook. So fun! (Now just what to do with the finished projects :)

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  2. Amen. Give yourself a break, sister. I don't take my kids anywhere. :)

    And what to do with the finished products...throw them out the second story window, watch them fly, and then run down, pick them up, and repeat!

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  3. Did you make your own playdough or did you purchase? If you made your own, I'd love to have the recipe :)

    (P.S. Your activities for your son sound fabulous!)

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