We played Bender Blocks. There are similar things available with Handwriting Without Tears. First we used the playmats to use blocks to make shapes. She helped Boogaloo the frog make circles for his glasses, then she helped Trucker Dan make his truck.
Build That Shape: The game suggested showing child the flashcard and talking about the design of the shape. Then, taking the card away and asking child to reconstruct it. This proved way too hard for Shayla. So I gave her the flashcards and she was able to put the blocks in the grooves of the flashcards to form the shapes.
*Note: I think it's important to continue playing games and her not always winning. It used to not matter to her who won or lost, but then she went through a phase when she always wanted to win. Now she is learning how to be a gracious winner or loser (although she still prefers to win!) (character)
Let's All Boogaloo: We built new designs with the bender blocks. We took turns spinning the spinner and adding blocks onto the design. We got a lot laughs out of this. We decided it looked like a bee with a large stinger! LOL! (language)
Block Stack: This is just what it sounds like, we built and toppled blocks down. She is still amused by this at 7-yrs.-old!
Shayla had also been talking alot lately about her I Can Play Piano. We bought this for her several Christmas' ago thinking she would love to play it. Wrong! It's been in the box since. The older kids have played it on several occasions, but that is about it.
At first it caused anxiety for her. She is too hard on herself. She is afraid of trying something if she thinks she might fail at it. After she tried it, with help from mom and dad, she kind of enjoyed it!
And They're Off. For this game we played against each other. We used the spinner from the above game to tell us where to land.
She has also been doing a lot of color pages (by choice!)
Red is for the blood of Jesus
The next project we made came from the Heart Club - letter F week. They made a memory verse holder using 2 paper plates.
Science: There was a magazine article in the Nov/Dec issue of Homeschool Enrichment magazine about knee replacement surgeries and joints. If you don't get that, you can go to Family Education and learn about why we get cavities. I tied them both together with the simple rubber egg experiment. I explained that eating acid forming foods without brushing your teeth causes cavities, but eating the acid forming foods without balancing with alkaline foods ( mostly fresh fruits & veggies - in raw form) will make your bones rubber, as well. This is osteoporosis.
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