Day two of using our workboxes went well. MBS woke up wanting to to do school, not that Mommy was ready to go that fast– coffee, shower, animal chores, and food, all had to come first. Once that was done we started our school day. I started a stop watch to see how long we actually spent on school, pausing it during snack time and his bath, but kept it running as we switched between boxes and while we did our action cards. Our whole Tuesday school time took an hour and ten minutes– I don’t plan on recording the time at this point but it was nice to know about how long it will take if we’re doing well and I feel that is about right for a 4 year old.
Box number 1 was filled with books again and probably always will be, I like starting our day with reading. All the boxes contained an action card, just like Monday.
Our second box of the day had two different file folders. One with a ten piece puzzle, which he really enjoyed doing and he practiced saying the numbers. The other folder had a game to add ants to an ant hill and while he was excited to use dice for the first time the game itself just bombed, he just kept saying, “I’m done now”. Oh well.
We had the cookie sheet with magnet letters and the rest of the capital letters today. He actually enjoyed it more today until he found a foam letter J instead of a magnet. Then there was a meltdown. Sigh. 2 sets of magnetic letters and the darn J was missing from both!
The little cup next to the cookie sheet held a card that said “snack”. In Sue Patrick’s Workbox System she recommends having a schedule strip where you put the order of the boxes and include the other things you’ll be doing like snacks, chores, exercise– so that they have visual clue as to what is coming up. I didn’t have any velcro dots when I was setting things up so I put my schedule cards in the little cup in the box to let him know what would be happening next.
Box number four had a capital and lower case letter A sort. This was way too easy for him (and sadly I have it printed up for several more letters!) but he seemed to enjoy being really good at it. InÂ the same box we had my index cards from The Ordinary Parent’s Guide to Teaching Reading by Jessie Wise. I have an index card for each letter with their sound and the little poem that goes with it. He’s learned all the vowels soft sounds, so we reviewed them first, and then we went through the first several consonants. He does say the sounds and some of the poem but not all of each verse but what he does say he says LOUDLY and with great enthusiasm.
MBS has been waiting to do what was in box number five for a while now. It is an ocarina whistle that you can paint, he received it as a gift. He was so happy to finally paint it.
We had a break in school while he took a bath and when he got back we dove right into our last box. He was surprised to find a new pair of socks in it. Ant and beetle socks! It also had ant pattern cards. He really has trouble with patterns and does not enjoy it so we’re just doing little bit at a time.
Our second day of using workboxes over. We had another good day. After lunch we watched A Bug’s Life. This has not been a favorite of his and usually he says “no” to watching it but this time he sat and watched the whole movie. And I mean watched, not played with lego’s and occasionally glanced at the screen, he really watched it and enjoyed it. Still was scared by the grasshoppers but not enough to ask me to turn it off.
Thanks for stopping by. (all printouts are from the same sources as yesterdays blog post)