It amazes me how quickly children grow and develop. One day you celebrate a few mumbles that sound like the word mama and soon enough they are learning their alphabet.
As a former teacher, I have been impatiently waiting to share some wonderful learning activities with my son that I used in my classroom. One activity I used frequently (especially when students were bored) was a Learning Basket.
What is a Learning Basket?
A Learning Basket is a variety of learning activities collected together. This is a convenient way to always be prepared to teach children something new. The basket is a nice way to store and organize everything you and your child need to make learning fun.
The Learning Basket is a convenient way for me seize opportunities when my son is patient enough to explore puzzles, sort flash cards, or identify new shapes.
Learning Baskets should be organized with developmentally and age appropriate activities that will ensure a positive result. They can be adjusted to present new challenges as learning progresses, or to reflect specific interests that may be unique to the learner.
Currently in our Learning Basket is:
* 4 sets of flash cards including numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. All purchased for $1 each from Target and the Dollar Tree.
* Tool box including safety scissors, writing utensils, and crayons to be used for a variety of different activities.
* Puzzles that can be circulated to and from the Learning Basket to keep the activity fresh, entertaining, and beneficial to learning.
* A few hand-held manipulatives and objects to show rather than tell.
* A clipboard for a reliable writing surface and also helpful in showing a defined boundary for using writing utensils (does any mom want to scrub crayon off of the wall?).
The Learning Basket is not something my son has regular or unsupervised access to, otherwise his favorite activity might be dumping everything out. A few rules ensure it is used properly. Toss everything back in the basket when finished and save it for next time. I also have an entire bin full of supplies (in no organized order) that can be used to adjust the Learning Basket or be circulated in as new activities for the next time it is used.
Learning Baskets can be themed or a collection or random learning activities but most importantly it should be FUN!
What are some activities you might include in a Learning Basket for your children?
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