Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sensory fun

I bought a book awhile back called, "The Out of Sync Child Has Fun". It is a book that gives fun ideas to help Sensory Processing Disorder kids. Many of the ideas are, well, messy! The activities are actually good for me because I tend to be a person who likes things nice and clean. I need this kind of stuff to stretch me :). I tried a new activity yesterday. It involved shaving cream and a cookie sheet. Basically, I put a mountain of shaving cream on the cookie sheet and let Evie play in it. It gives her a lot of tactile sensory imput. She loved it. She literally was up to her eyeballs in it. She put it all over her face, arms, and legs. We did it all outside, and then she just washed off by jumping in the sprinkler :). She got soaked, but she loved it. I'm thinking about trying a new activity every day during her school year.
Speaking of school year, I bought Evie's curriculum online yesterday. I am doing a curriculum called My Father's World. I used it for 1st grade too, and I liked that it was so hands on for Evie. My Father's World uses more of what is called the Charlotte Mason approach, or classical homeschooling. This 2nd grade curriculum is packed full of so much. We are officially starting homeschooling in another few weeks. The kids in this area go back to school really early this year. Most start around the 2nd week of August. I can't believe how fast summer has gone by!


Jules said...

Oooh, as an early childhood teacher I have lots of ideas for messy play! It really is very therapeutic. I love to be clean and tidy but I've even learnt to enjoy such activities.

A few months ago I did a workshop that was saying to use creation to teach children about God's attributes. Let them explore creation using their senses and in that way discover God. It was fascinating and your comments re the curriculum reminded me of it.

SchnauzerMom said...

Looks like she is having a wonderful time. School starts here on August 21.

Kelly said...

You're braver than I. LOL I'll bet Evie loved that.
Hands on is the best way to learn I think. It's why I let Char bake and cook with me.