Usually about this time of year, I would be reviewing Harry Wong and planning classbuilding activities in order to prepare for the upcoming school year. My heart has been aching a little when I realize that I am not going back this year. I will miss my co-workers, affirmation received from teaching, and planning; but, mostly I will miss building relationships with the kids and being a part of their story.
However, I could not be more excited about staying home with my babies. I have longed and prayed for this day. One thing that has really excited me the past month or so is realizing all the activities that I can plan for Ori and Calla. I am their teacher (and momma) this year, and I have never, ever loved any two pupils more.
My goal is to plan at least two intentional activities a week for Ori (more if we are home a lot in a week). Calla is obviously very young and her activities aren't as interesting, but she is working on grasping toys and rolling over.
Yesterday I set up a sensory tub for Ori. I first heard of sensory tubs while substitute teaching at a private preschool years ago (I was still in college). Every week or so, the teacher changed what was in the tub. It might be coffee grounds, pasta noodles, oatmeal, beans, etc. The kids at that school loved it! I didn't really get it at the time, but little kids learn through their senses.
I started with beans and will attempt to rotate items every week.
Ori played for a full hour. He didn't leave the tub. I pictured him throwing beans everywhere and us having to close the tub, talk about how the beans stay in the tub, and stopping the activity. I mean this is the kid who spends every morning throwing dirt in the air. Why would the beans be any different?
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