I decided to go a little bit old school with Lego Club yesterday afternoon. I decided to teach our kids how to make paper airplanes...and not just ANY paper airplane, but the GREATEST paper airplane design ever. Why paper airplanes? Because they are FUN. Because they are reminisent of an easier time- a time when you didn't need more than a piece of scrap paper and some fine motor skills. Needless to say, it was great! The kids were really excited about flying theirs and trying it at home. Sometimes we forget there's simply no app for good, wholesome fun. :-)
“Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing it is stupid”-Einstein.
After years of voluteering as a Parent Member for CPSE and CSE, and recent Autism and Library workshops, I have decided to integrate some sensory tools into my Storytime for Tots.The reason for this was simple - sensory is part of the 21st century when it comes to children and learning. Sensory Storytime is designed for children with special needs, but in reality, it's a great way to make storytime more interactive for EVERYONE with EVERY need. I jumped in yesterday with my first session of Tots and added two small, but very effective sensory tools. First I added a visual schedule. It was a great way for kids and caregivers to sequence what was happening in our time together visually. Second, I created a song cube. Using an old tissue box I designed a cube with pictures of popular storytime songs on each side. Instead of singing the same old songs each week, we counted to THREE, and I rolled the cube. The song that was at the top was the one we sang. We did this 3 times. The kids LOVED it and it added a little excitment and unpredicability (yet loose control) over the time together. It was a small change with a huge impact. I can't wait to do this again next week.