I decided on the spur of the moment today to try doing some school activities with Pumpkin 2. He’s 2.5 now and a real handful. He’s so different than his sister and can drive me crazy yet be so sweet and adorable. He’s high energy, always on the go, always doing whatever he wants no matter what I say. I’m hoping school time will help him learn to focus better and redirect some of that energy. We do try to get outside daily and he got some gross motor toys for Hannukah.
His first activity was the Geo-Cabinet. We did the presentation tray with cards and then the circle tray. He really enjoyed it and it was just the right challenge for him. And yes, he has one circle incorrect but he corrected it.
Next he did the Pink Tower. He did it all correctly the first time, though the second time he didn’t. Go figure. But he was very proud of himself. He loved to be using the materials he usually is told to not touch (which he touches anyway). He did handle them very carefully. Hopefully getting to use them will help him learn to respect them since he had a habit of throwing everything for fun.
Then we tried the brown stair. He had more trouble with this one, I think because he just wanted to put it together to drive his toy car on it so wasn’t focused.
He really enjoyed the Knobbed Cylinders. He did them all. They were just the perfect challenge for him. I really love this material. I find it so pleasing and satisfying.
Here’s a video of him at work. I love the concentration on his face.
His final work was matching Toob insects to their picture. This was actually a bit of a challenge for him. Matching objects to pictures helps children learn that things can be represented in picture or 2d form.
All in all it was a great 1st day. Pumpkin 1 didn’t help him too much which I was afraid of and she kept telling him, “good job!”. It was cute. We did his school work in the morning and hers in the afternoon during his nap time.