“Busy hands while I read aloud”
This is a wonderful recipe to success in a literature-based curriculum like Sonlight.
In Footprints on our Land, we recently studied the French Huguenots and their influence on the culture, architecture, agriculture, language and religion in the Cape.
I had some postcard paper models of Cape houses from my old teaching-days. I made color photo-copies (to save my originals) and gave them to Miss.L10 to cut and glue while I read aloud.
She enjoyed the intricate cutting and scoring,
glueing and forming …
Once she had finished “playing” with the little paper people around her houses, we put the models up on the window sill on display.
This week we finished off the read aloud. While I read the last few chapters, we solved the “where do we store the 3D models?” problem with an artistic application ~
- cut the models apart
- use the front, the sides and the back to create 3 houses from 1 model
- paste them on a blank page
- draw, color and paint the background and the details
- and we have wonderful, detailed, colorful pages for in our notebook file!
This way we achieved ~
- creative and busy hands while I read aloud
- storage for a 3-dimensional object in our notebook file
- creative problem-solving = make the models fit into a 2-dimensional design (she had to cut the roof in different angles to look “true”, she made a door where there was only a window, she wanted both sides of the water mill and created a full water flow through several buildings!)
How do you store your children’s 3D models? What busy-hands activities have been the most successful/ creative? Please share in the comments.