To keep the little ones occupied while I’m working with some of the older students, the older children take turns being “Buddy School” teacher. For more on Buddy School Table Time, click on the Our Day tab above.
I start with a schedule (shocker!). Each child has a set day of the week that they are in charge for 30 minutes. I plan 15-20 activities. On the pantry door is a chart where each activity is assigned a number that corresponds to the day of the month. That way, the activities aren’t repeated more than twice a month and the teachers only repeat activities a couple times a year.
Some of the new ideas for this year are:
Jumbo Stamps – The love the animal stampers and the jumbo pads are a breeze to work with.
Geo-boards – The boys pounded nails into squares of wood in the shape of circles, squares and stars. With a 40¢ bag of rubber bands from Walmart, the little ones string the bands over the nails.
Do-A-Dot – These are like BINGO markers but washable! Some of the children finished their schoolwork early so they could play with these!
Dry Erase Boards – We bought a multi-pack of dry-erase markers at Walmart. I didn’t want to spend $5 each for the boards, so Bryan took a larger one we already had and cut it into fourths.
As with Room Time, part of the magic is keeping the activities whisked away when it’s not Buddy School.
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