I think we'll do a Center's Hour during our day to keep "The 3 Amigos" (Kizito, Elias and Cora) busy and happy while I do Phonics with Addie. I planned 3 Centers so that they can rotate through them and have time to play with the Centers alone so fighting isn't an issue. They will do 15-20 minutes at each center and then move on.
Watercolors, paper, cup, brushes
Rubbings: paper, leaves, cardboard, flat rock, rubbing toys, peeled crayons
Playdough, mat or cookie sheet, tools (I might make some... my friend has the best recipe)
Chalk on black paper
Cutting: safe scissors, paper with lines
Quilts: glue, fabric scraps, paper or cardboard
Finger Prints: inkpad, paper
Stamps: inkpad, paper and stamps
Potato stamps: potatoes or other veggies, paint, paper, plastic knife
Play in sink or bins with water: cups, funnels, spoons, boat
Making a snack (easy things like trail mix, ants on a log...)
Rice or beans tub... clean up is part of this... with a dust buster!
Painting with water on the porch
Water table outside
(I am considering having this center either on our porch during good weather or on a big mat during poor weather.)
Learning toys (Word Whammer, Letter Factory toys and such)
Little people house
(These are all toys we currently have and will just pull out in one of our bedrooms for play... like "room time" if you are familiar.)
How do you keep your little people happy and engaged during school? I'd love to know.
Quite honestly, this is my bigger weakness when it comes to school. I am always SO tempted to just turn on PBS and call it good. I'll say, "One show." And one show turns into all morning. And it rarely is good. I find that just causes grumpy and entitled attitudes. You know, they think that they deserve TV every day when you make it even an option occasionally.