Some children just want life to be predictable…

Secondus is like that. In an attempt to make things easier for him, we are trying to be more clear about routines and rhythms, and what is coming up for our day. Today I discovered these cards offered graciously by Martianne Stanger. Thanks, Training Happy Hearts. In the interests of not reinventing the wheel, I thought I’d try them out! While you are there, have a look, too, at the neat Home Sensory Diet ABC cards for some great ideas for sensory activities.

Circle

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Every so often we loose momentum and things get a bit hairy. We seem to be coming out of that. Finally. One if the keys that my children really like is routine, routine, routine. Its very strange!

Anyway, as Secondus is growing, and life is changing, I realised we were missing the songs poems and finger rhymes I had loved when Primus was a baby. Plus we were having trouble transitioning from morning tea to inside activities. Our change? Putting in time for Circle!

Circle begins with a marching song. Secondus finds it irresistible and even Tercio complains if I don’t pick him up to join in. We march into the loungeroom and sit on the blanket. (Well sort of. I usually have at least one knee taken) Then we follow with songs rhymes and finger plays, plus a seasonal story.

I found a basket in the shed and I am using it to store our supplies. We have the story we are using, as well as some appropriately coloured playsilks for swirling and twirling. Eventually I hope to tell rather than read stories, and the content of the basket will change with the seasons.