Reinforcing T’s education and keeping her engaged, especially in imaginative activities is a major responsibility of mine. (Like every parent and caregiver on the planet).So, I am always eager to learn about fun activities that other parents/ teachers/ bloggers are doing. My sources are friends, T’s teachers, this awesome blogger at Montessori Life [ she shares many great ideas] and of course children’s books.
All these sources are helping as I practically used every idea I have heard about in this past week alone. Since T was home due to a nasty cold all week, we spent our days trying to do novel activities that would keep her busy and quiet. Not an easy task – considering she is so active and talkative (like her dad and mom respectively): but all these ideas really helped.
This week’s post is all about our game of matching animals and habitats. Fun, science, matching, association were lessons learnt. Unintentionally. To be honest, I did the activity simply to while time in a happy game.
I would like to say that I set up things and carefully taught T and all the idyllic stuff that society expects. But reality is that T and I spent a good half hour giggling and emptying out the bag of animal friends over and over again. Then I carelessly placed the ‘scene props'(before our attention got diverted ). All the animals ‘wondered’ one by one (with exaggerated drama) which set would be their home. A la ‘Are you My Mother’ and ‘where is Gola’s Home’ and many other books. Hilarious, fun, (a little educational) and kept the eloquent angel relatively quiet.
We did finish with a reading session of our Animal World book: a gift from Grandma; and our IFAW animal calendar :courtesy T’s school. (Hehe! yes, we need to read Calendars: because reality!)
I have to say that I still harbor hopes of teaching T in more structured and serious ways- but definitely only after a few years. Perhaps when yours truly has mastered a lot more patience and My little precious has become a bit more attentive!
Until then, it’s Hello Humor and Hopeful teaching! Have a jolly week ahead!