Workbox Wednesday

Day three of our new workboxes did not get off to a good start. MBS was very excited about starting school and wanted to get going as soon as he was up, but like Tuesday I told him it had to wait until after our regular morning routine. However when I came in after feeding the animals I found out we had no power, and that just set everything going downhill. We actually did our first box, the books, fine but MBS was too amped up sit for anything else. He was full of explanations about why we had no power and ideas about how to fix it. So I just called a halt to school for awhile. The power came back on before the hour was up but the MBS was deeply involved in his play so I just let school wait until he was ready. Once he was ready school did go pretty well and any problems were just Mommy’s grumpiness and nothing to do with the actual schooling.

Box one had our books and an action card.

Box 1: Books
Box 1: Books.

Our second box of the day had several worksheets, letter finds, tracing the number 1, cutting, and another color find. He enjoyed them all and did well, though the cutting one was torturous for me to watch– he really needs scissor practice and I was terrified he was going to cut himself.

Box 2: Worksheets.
Box 2: Worksheets.
Tracing the number 1. Love the tongue!
Tracing the number 1. Love the tongue!
He really enjoys these sheets but he wants to put an X through any of the wrong color even if it's on the same picture as the right color. I could not convince him that it didn't matter.
He really enjoys these sheets but he wants to put an X through any of the wrong color even if it’s on the same picture as the right color. I could not convince him that it didn’t matter.
Please don't cut your finger!
Please don’t cut your finger!
He likes to get really goofy while doing these, pretending to put the dots on the wrong letter.
He likes to get really goofy while doing these, pretending to put the dots on the wrong letter.
We interrupt your school day with mail! He was so happy to get a card!
We interrupt your school day with mail! He was so happy to get a card!

Our third box was the cookie sheet with our pattern blocks, he immediately just wanted to play with them. At first my stress level started to rise and then I reminded myself that he is 4 and I want school to be fun, I need to be flexible! I decided to just have him do one pattern sheet. I let him choose which and then I took the other and we did the sheets. Then we just played with the blocks. He kept making different dragons. He asked what I was making and I said I didn’t know. He kept pestering me but I really had nothing in mind and told him so. After a moment he shouted, “you’re doodle building!” I just LOVE that term.

Box 3: Pattern blocks.
Box 3: Pattern blocks.
Happy over my butterfly.
Happy over my butterfly.
Adding "wings" to my doodle building to make it into a dragon.
Adding “wings” to my doodle building to make it into a dragon.

We did patterns again in box number five. I used some bugs to do color match, thinking that manipulative would make it more fun for him. No. He still does not like this and really doesn’t seem to grasp it, which I don’t understand, I mean it’s just an ABAB pattern. Is it really that he doesn’t see it or is it just that he doesn’t want to do it, like singing the alphabet song?

Box 4: Ant patterns and caterpillar manipulative.
Box 4: Ant patterns and caterpillar manipulative.

Box number five was a huge hit! The printout is actually for spinning and graphing but what I did was use a matching color dice for each ant and then we “raced”, I used a different color pen for each race. MBS loved this, he just wanted to go again and again. Strangely even though we would switch who was doing what colors the yellow ant won most of the games, I wonder if the die is weighted wrong.

Box 5: Ant race.
Box 5: Ant race.

Our final box for the day was based on a project in Janice VanCleave’s Play and Find Out about Bugs: Easy Experiments for Young Children. It was to build an insect. Obviously the modeling clay called for in the book is much lighter than Play-Doh, my ant’s chenille stem legs couldn’t hold it up but it sure was cute! MBS had fun making his ant and then attacking mine. After that he spent another hour just playing with his Play-Doh and having a blast. The day got off to a bumpy start but it ended well.

Box 6: Build an ant.
Box 6: Build an ant.
Building ants.
Building ants.

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