The boys worked on numeral order; that is putting printed numerals in order and counting “up one” and “down one”. They got to go 20 questions on the computer, ok Big got to standing by me and Little, hanging over my should got to shout out the numbers he knows, indifferent to the actual question, and point a lot. All I can say is you have to be physically strong to home school a preschooler and a kindy kid – I wanna be the mom fro the Incredibles!! After the computer time we got out the number tiles and I gave Big Brother the 1 to 10 tile and told him to put them in numbered order. He can count much higher; but as for recognizes the written numeral; he struggles at 8 and above. Our current goal is to count, and identify numbers up to 100 with ease.
Home schooling is even more fun, not only with a little brother to help you, but a puppy too.
Both boys worked on fine motor skills today with a set of lacing boards. Stop sign, square, pizza slice, so on that they lace the edges with shoelaces. Ok maybe it is just my kids, but these do not keep their attention for over 45 seconds. I can’t even tell you if the task is a challenge for them, or super easy – they won’t stay at it. They start to lace, then they are swinging the cards by the lacing string (so, of course, Momma has to take it away) or “fishing” with them or ….you see the trend, they are not lacing. So the cards got taken away after about 3 minutes after Momma had to stop them being swung and used for tug-of-war. This is honestly the challenge I run into with most “fine motor practice” they start misusing the item almost immediately (bead got tossed, or rolled; tweezers or tongs pinch people, and so on). I am not sure if this behavior is due to them just being little boys (all BOY boys at that) and so close in age they constantly egg each other on; or if it is a avoidance behavior because the request (the fine motor activity) is a challenge or frustrating for them.