You know, for my sanity.
Since Christmas break, we're trying something different and it seems to be working pretty well. Around 10am, I do a short read aloud (sometimes with Miriam beside me looking at her own book) and then Sam does his handwriting and spelling on his own (although my eagle eye is always watching). After this, Sam does the review portions of his Saxon math worksheets. He completes the new portions after I do the teaching later in the afternoon. This takes care of some of the time consuming parts of school without requiring 100% of my attention, shortening our afternoon school time.
Since I still keep close by, this means Miriam is close by and this can lead to trouble. Having quiet activities to do with her at this time is crucial. I don't want to distract Sam, but I also don't want to leave him to his own devices completely. The most popular quiet activity in our house right now is a gift my parents gave to Miriam for Christmas. I passed the Rainbow Resource gift catalog onto my mom prior to Christmas because Sam had Bristle Bots on his list (also a hit around here). She came across this book and got it for Miriam. I've seen these before- they've been around for ages. This one, called Busy Bible, is well made and simply precious.
I'll let the photos speak for themselves...
A warning came with the book that it is not for children under three. There are a lot of pieces that are held in pockets (like the animals with Noah's ark and the nativity scene people and animals) that could end up in a little one's mouth or lost to the world. (My mom attached some of the characters, like Jonah, to a ribbon so they wouldn't be lost- thanks, Mom!)
This is why we save this book for special times, like school, when I can look at it with Miriam. I've overheard Sam say that he wishes we had three of these books so they could each have one, so as far as the age cap? I'm not sure there is one.
The book has 12 pages and comes in a clear, sturdy plastic carrying case. The book itself velcros shut. It also comes with a sheet of paper that summarizes the Bible stories that go along with each page.
You know. Just in case you're a little rusty.
What tricks do you have for homeschooling with a toddler?
No one asked me to talk about this book. We just love it, is all.Pin It