So a lot happened last week that changed everything I had planned! Our buyers backed out so we are no longer preparing to move this year. We have taken the house off the market and are now doing some additional updates to our house. We are hoping for a quick sale in the spring.
As far as homeschooling I am now unpacking Caden’s toys and rearranging the playroom again. We sold our billiards table, which I used as my sewing table (it was an awesome table for crafting 🙁 ) in preparation to move and now have more room to play with. I have also been researching how Caden learns best and rethinking my homeschool method. After Caden’s first occupational therapy session I have begun to think the child-led/unschooling method isn’t such a good match for us. Due to his sensory issues Caden needs more structure and predictability.
The occupational therapist wants me to prepare a structured playtime everyday doing 2-3 activities for at least 15 minutes and twice a day. Her example this week (9/16) was to play with the Mr. Potato Head, inserting all the pieces and then disassembling and putting it all away. Then to play with a shape sorter, inserting all the shapes and then putting it away. Then if Caden is still interested in playing we could play with the peg board, inserting a number of pegs, then taking them all out before putting it away. The main goal (I really don’t know and need to ask his OT.) with this plan is to add more structure and predictability to Caden’s day so he feels more secure and can better handle sensory input. This plan will also help prepare Caden for more formal homeschooling.
The day after Caden’s first OT session I totally bombed. I was really overwhelmed and upset with our home buyers and didn’t do any activities with Caden. But I regrouped and we had a great day on Wednesday! First we read a book called Ducking for Apples in which five little ducks go out to pick apples and then come back home to make apple pie. After reading the book Caden and I make some play dough which we scented with apple pie spice.
Once the play dough cooled we played with it for a good long while. We cut up “apple slices” and made our own “apple pie” using the mini pie tin from the Apple Pie Sensory Bin.
After we finished playing with the play dough, we took a nature walked and collected acorns. It was a very nice morning.
The rest of the week included a nice play date and picnic at the zoo with a friend on Thursday and a Saturday morning play date at home with his cousin. Both play dates went very well, although sharing his toys with his cousin didn’t go over so well.
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