One of the reasons I love home educating the kids is the ability to adjust our schedule to suit the family needs. We don’t stick to school holidays, rather we take breaks as we think the kids need it and then often work through the traditional half-terms / holidays. It means that when their sensory systems need a break we can allow them time to unwind and it means that if they are exhausted or emotional we can take a few days off to recover.
This past weekend was a bit of an emotional one for the kids (their dad hurt himself and we ended up at the A&E late at night). Normally Monday mornings are a good learning session for us which typically involves Maths and English activities. But this morning my youngest was still exhausted and a bit tearful so we put aside our normal learning activities and I asked if there was something he would like to do. He loves the Mindfulness Animals (free to download) and Mindfulness Transport (platinum classic) pages from Twinkl
and asked if there was something similar that the three of us to work on (his sister, me and him together – his dad is home with us but not able to bend his one leg and can not sit comfortably at a table to join in). We had a look and choose the Jack and the Beanstalk Mindfulness colouring story. (platinum classic)
It is a stunning little pack.
He liked the idea that we could work on some pages and then put them all together to make up our own copy of the book.
On each page there is a short paragraph from the story and a stunning detailed picture to colour in.
And one of the great things about a colouring story, as the kids coloured in they read the story and we chatted about the different characters.
The kids have decided that we are going to complete the story and then show it to their dad. We made a good start today and I think it is going to be a great little project for them to work on together.