Sunday, April 20, 2014

2 month catch-up!

It has been a crazy-wonderful March through April... Here's what we've been up to in no particular order...

*I finally assembled a sensory bin for the boys... this was our "farm" themed one.  It was a huge hit, and was a nice intro into the horse grooming tools Eli is learning to use (he's taking horse riding lessons).

A sensory bin is basically a group of items selected based around a theme or idea- it could be a season, a month, a holiday, a movie, a book, anything (I've been doing a lot of reading about Montessori methods of teaching and I'm hooked!).  It's nice to find items with lots of different textures, smells, etc.  It's a wonderful therapy tool for autism, but I have found that Silas loves playing with it just as much as Elijah.  In this one I included several plastic farm animals (different types of horses being the focus), owl & chicken feathers, hollow chicken eggs, clay pots for scooping, a metal tractor & John Deere Gator, twine, raffia & burlap scraps, and grooming brushes and mixed all the items into a bin filled with different types of birdseed.  Our next one will be made during our trip to Florida, we're going to do a beach-themed one! :)