I would be thrilled to come home and find that she did some things I left for her. It was almost as if I was there myself!
|Her activity trays before and after their debut on her playroom shelves.|
What working moms need to start are easy:
- Trays for self-contained activities. This can be anything from cardboard shoebox lids to baskets. I was OC, so I got mine for 40 each at Japan Home.
- Easy-access tables/shelves where the trays stay as a ready invitation to play.
- An actual floor time lesson or two to show her how to get and return trays on her shelf. We spent some weekend time doing some trays together as well, so she knows how the general thing works
|"What's this?" - Ladybug Girl's excitement when she first discovered the trays in her room (July 2011)|
A lot of ideas in the homeschool blogs are generally ones that need a lot of setup and direct supervision, so here I will capture the tools I discovered that make setup easy and lessen the potential of frustration when I'm not around to guide her.
Here's a quick one:
|Clear contact paper! (find this in True Value, Handyman or Ace)|
|Cut out and attach to a clipboard, sticky side up, to hold paper games in place. Games can be anything you can think of.|
|Contact paper on a larger-scale for an inviting and neat way to work on puzzles|
|Attach it to glass for an anything goes canvas for art. It stays sticky for a long time so we leave it up and keep reusing it.|
I love stumbling upon these simple solutions.