Our homeschooling co-op has taught me a few things. For example, I have learned that Birdy has a very short attention span. No matter how many cool things I plan for her to do, she will grow tired of them much more quickly than her friend (who for the sake of this blog will now be called CC). I find my self struggling to keep things fresh and exciting for her, but still give CC enough time to explore what we have.
A good example of this is the sensory tub. I had originally planed to have one tub a month, but by week two, Birdy was ready for something new. So I have decided to have two tubs a month. I think this will give them both time to play, but will still keep it interesting. Our last tub was a "Back to School Eye Spy" tub, but this new tub will focus on our letter of the week, 'B'. In it, I have included birdseed, beans, buttons, beads, bottles, and brushes. I have also given them scoops and cups to help explore.
The girls loved it. They loved to find all the little beads hidden in the tub. Each new one was like a little treasure. They filled up the bottles and poured out the bottles and collected as many buttons as they could find. They even played with the brushes (which I wasn't too sure about.) I already have the next two tubs planned out. Hopefully I won't run out of ideas before the end of the year!