how to best organize and utilize the Outdoor Environment with inspiration from the Creative Curriculum. As I mentioned in it, we spend a lot of time outdoors here at Jammies School. But, recently, with Third-Trimester-Pregnant Mama-Teach, whose ligaments are giving her trouble sometimes, our activities must be limited. Mama cannot run, jump and play alongside the kiddos of late. So, what to do?
Break out the chalk and clackers of course for some spontaneous -- and SPD friendly -- Mathematics fun.
Here's what we did:
At a good ligament moment, I wrote large chalk numbers -- two of each -- on the front walkway. Then, I sat down on the step (ahhhh!) and challenged the kids to run and jump on whatever number I called out. (Number recognition, of course, and with the SPD Lenses on - proprioception with all that running and jumping!) Since Luke recognizes his numbers better than Nina, I asked him to help her find them when she could not do so on her own. (Teamwork and character/habits of kindness and help building here!) I also gave them both color and shape clues as necessary. (It's a curvy one written in pink. It's the one that looks like part of a triangle. Etc.) Later, the kids took turns calling numbers out for each other, using, upon Luke's suggestion, a hand-me-down numbers book they just received as a guide.
What simple, summer outdoor fun and learning have you been doing lately? Please share a comment.