Jun 8, 2012

Best Laid Plans

Okay, I had this great plan to post something everyday of what we did or learned or introduced that day. However, time got away from me, laundry piled up, I got sucked into the Sons of Anarchy series, and well just didn't get it done so here is a quick recap of our week.

On Monday we got to go for our first swim and boy was it cold, and fun.

 Rainy day fun with a puzzle mixed with a little geography lesson

We got our hair cut on Wednesday and headed to get our weekly Wednesday Wacky Pack from Sonic. The only thing Hotrod cared about were the machines working on the lot next door.

Thursday I introduced Tanagrams. This is a great way to teach spacial reasoning, work on patterns and incorporate several other math related skills

It rained a couple of days here so another activity we did was a Pinterest inspired game with our Dolch words. I laid them down in a path and Hotrod jumped from word to word saying them as he went. If he missed one he had to start over. It was a great way to work out a little energy.

We continue to work on handwriting and he is enjoying it so much the now asked to practice, YEAH! This is a picture of a sailboat he drew after practicing his letters the other night. 

So there is a snapshot of our week. Maybe I will get better at posting, maybe not. Next week will be a little different since we start summer Museum School and swimming lessons. There will be big fun at TheRowdyRands house!

Jun 2, 2012

Another Great Week

The end of Mom Camp week 2 was a welcome sight. We had lots of fun and a few more outings. Nanny and Pa were back from their beach vacation so Hotrod got to catch up on some good grandparent time.

This week we worked in spacial awareness, built another sensory box, continued to work on hand writing and reading, measurements, memory recall, an capped it off with our first trip to the dentist.

All in all a great week! We are ready for the weekend!

Nanny and Pa's vacation
Got to play with a cousin
Spacial awareness with mazes
Practicing memory recall with Curious George
Fun with sensory box #2
Machine wars with mom! CAT v John Deere
Smile for the xray 

Jun 1, 2012

CAT v John Deere

Sensory Box 2

Well, we "built" our second sensory box this week and it was a big hit! Our second box is filled with home made moon sand. This was a great opportunity to incorporate many skills, counting, measuring, tactile and fine motor.

First we got all our ingredients, a total of 2! Then we headed out to dad's workshop!

First  Hotrod measured out 8 cups of flour, give or take, and a cup of baby oil.

Then came the fun, and the mess, the mixing! I did add a little more baby oil to make the mixture 'mold' better.

After the moon sand was good and mixed we practiced writing letters, building shapes, making hills, mushing it, and using all those good hand muscles needed for handwriting.

And, of course, in our house a project isn't complete unless we use machines in some fashion.

By the end of the day we had spent about 2 hours playing with the moon sand. It was a great experience and will be very helpful on those rainy or hot days when we can't get outside. Luckily we have a garage and workshop to make big messes in, and this can be very messy!