Oh, oh, oh! Do I get bonus points for coming up with a 2-S-word activity?
Here’s what we did:
First I made a S using dotted lines on construction paper.
Next I had Noah trace over the lines with a marker like this:
And finally he peeled star stickers and stuck them on his S like this:
I’ve been questioning myself lately, asking again, “Am I doing this right” when it comes to educating Noah. Down syndrome does a pretty good job of eradicating any hope of any norms to measure him against. Our goal has always been to give him the support and opportunity to go just as far as he can, but there’s no real way to tell if we’re doing that or not.
In choosing the pictures to post today, though, I realized another thing he has accomplished this year – another milestone he has, indeed reached. In the beginning of this school year, I looked at kindergarten curriculum for him and was dismayed because he was nowhere near ready for any of it. Most homeschool kindergarten workbooks are full of tracing and writing activities. I wondered, how in the world am I EVER going to teach him to trace. Paper was something to be scribbled on top of, he paid no attention to what was printed on it. I could get him to copy some of the strokes I made, but forget tracing.
But Noah traced this S all by himself. I know, I know, you can teach most kids to do this in a week. Not Noah. Noah doesn’t learn until he is ready to learn, he just doesn’t. No amount of practice changes that. He wasn’t ready for this at the beginning of the school year. He is now. Progress. We’re moving forward.
Really, that’s all I need – just to know the boy is moving forward under my tutelage. I can’t let him down. He’s counting on me.
- S is for Sand (wordsofhisheart.wordpress.com)
This is officially S week. Or maybe I should say it’s the first week of the letter S. Lately I’ve been taking two weeks to do each letter because I just can’t pull it off in one week.
Today we worked with sand – colored sand – all kinds of colored sand!
In imagining this activity, I just couldn’t picture giving Noah (6 – DS) and Bella the big jars of colored sand to pour onto their pages, so I opted for a collection of salt and pepper shakers from the dollar store. Those were a BIG hit! (What child wouldn’t want to finally be able to turn a salt shaker upside down and sprinkle away?)
Here’s how to do it:
- Black construction paper or cardstock
- Liquid glue (you know, the old-fashioned kind that comes in a bottle, NOT a stick
- Colored sand in salt shakers
- Paper plate.
- White paint pen, chalk or crayon
- Use the white pen to draw a simple design on the paper (if your child is able, allow them to do the drawing).
- Give the glue to your child and have him trace over the portion of the design he wants the first color of sand to cover.
- Have your child shake the colored sand over the glue.
- Dump excess sand from paper onto paper plate.
- Repeat steps 2-4 with the next color.
- Allow to dry.
Here’s the drawing:
Here’s Noah’s finished project. He really did a good job of attempting to trace the design with the glue – and the black paper makes it look so cool!
(note: You can get colored sand at your local craft store – Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I’m not sure whether you can get it at Wal-Mart – maybe.)
- Colored Sand Art (lets-explore.net)
If you have a child who likes throwing things as much as Noah, does, this is a sure winner for learning words that begin with the letter S. I put a basket full of balled up socks at one end of our painters tape S and an open suitcase at the other. The fact that Noah had to throw things over the S was just a bonus, this would work just as well without the S.
Later in the week we’ll do this again, but he’ll have to earn a throw by saying one of his S words (or an approximation, of course).