I have been surprised by how much Gerrick has enjoyed Activity Village's 2011 Advent Calendar. He has asked to print the buildings daily. Even days that we haven't been home, he's worked on them before bed: colored, cut, and taped them to the baseboards around his bedroom. He plans to leave his village up forever.
Have your children been enjoying a special countdown to Christmas?
This may be the best thing I have ever done. Gerrick makes things all over the house: playroom, bedroom, kitchen, living room, garage, back porch... He was forever getting angry because he couldn't find his scissors or a specific color Sharpie. All those frustrations have vanished this past month since I made him an art caddy out of a six-pack carton! Now he can easily carry everything he needs, wherever he goes.
I simply reinforced the bottom with some clear packaging tape and taped some other pieces of cardboard inside on the sections that had large spaces small items could fall through. You could easily cover the box with contact paper or decoupage, but Gerrick likes the look of the barrels and pumpkins on his caddy.
Now when he wants to work on something, he only needs to find his caddy (and usually the tape dispenser). Sharpies haven't been getting lost. Scissors haven't been vanishing. It really has been fantastic!
I'm Sherry Gann, and this is where I share glimpses of my (currently 9yo) son's adventures. Our family of three enjoys a relaxed learning lifestyle, and though we're committed to no specific method, we are inspired by Charlotte Mason and project-based homeschooling. Our goal is simple: to grow as lifelong learners while living peaceful, joyful, healthy lives.