I contacted a local historic site and asked about the availability of using their one-room schoolhouse. They were very open to doing a brief history of this one-room schoolhouse and the use of these schools in general.
For the first exercise, I split them into 2 groups and gave them a list of activities to do. The instructions at the top of the page included "read through all of the items and then start". There were 12 listed activities.
We then had one more activity on listening/paying attention. For this activity, the children worked in pairs. The partners sat back to back so that they could not see the other person. One had a piece of blank paper and they were to draw the picture (of various shapes) that their partner described to them. One of the other moms and I demonstrated this for them.
It proved to be a real challenge for one of my boys with auditory processing disorder. I knew it would be hard for him, but thought he would be able to do it. I tried to help him work through to be successful. Its hard watching your kids struggle - though at times I think its good for them too. I want him to learn that he can do some things that he doesn't think he can do.
Now, school was out so each child took a turn ringing the bell.
A picture in front of the school at the end of our lessons.
One of my sweet friends let me know that today (Fri) was Thomas Edison's birthday. We've put off one of the lessons in our manual and it just couldn't be put off any longer. It was making a cake - one that Thomas Edison enjoyed for his birthday. We omitted the sugar frosting and it was still really yummy.
We are having a great time with this study and have more fun hands-on projects in store! Hope you are having a great week too!