Thursday, March 10, 2011

What To Do On A(nother) Rainy Day

Yesterday was our school at home day. I love to spend the time teaching and learning with my kids on Wednesdays, but rainy, stay-inside-all-day kind of days can sometimes get long.
So yesterday, we tried out learning stations. I used to do this in the classroom to break up the monotony of seat work. Spreading the work around the room and having students move from one place to another to do the work, made everything completely different. It worked the same way for us yesterday--just in our living room instead of a classroom.
This took very little setup time and thought, and really made our day fly by! We finished our math and school homework at the table and then "dove into" the stations. We spent probably 30 minutes in the tent where the boy read to me and put his ice cream cones (short and long vowel words) together. I read a book to the youngest, and the oldest read a whole Magic Tree House book! Then we moved onto coloring where the boy stayed for longer than the rest of us. The oldest was able to handle the science station mostly by herself--she loves to look at her slides and draw out what she sees.
We played Jenga, and put our U.S. puzzle together as well. I loved how relaxed it was because everything was already out and ready to go. 
Our stations took us around an hour and a half, but stations could work for any age group and take just about any amount of time! I'd love to know what you would use for your kiddos for stations if you were going to do (or have already done) them with your kids!

6 comments:

  1. This is BRILLIANT! I am going to link it up in my Saturday Learning Links Post.

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  2. What a smart idea! I wish I had your creativity! :) Your kids are blessed to have such a fun mama. :)

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  3. what a fabulous thing to do--i'm busting that idea out. so easy, and like you said, everything's already out, so it's just fun! (and learning, too...) what an inspiring mother you are.
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com

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  4. What a great idea. My two girls would have so much fun with this especially since the weather here has been horrible. I'm a new follower. Hope to see you at DIY Home Sweet Home on Monday for More The Merrier Mondays Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  5. Awesome idea. My elem students always loved centers, but I never thought of doing it at home.

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  6. So cute. A fun idea to switch things up and make a rainy day more fun.

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