I did some research over the last few weeks and finally feel like I have a handle on how I want to teach Kaelyn. My biggest goal this year is to teach her how to independently work through some tasks. My hearts desire is to homeschool all my kids next year. In order to do that well, I need Kaelyn to have something to do. I came across the idea of task boxes. I bought twelve plastic shoe boxes to fill with tasks. These tasks will all be things that Kaelyn will learn to complete independently. Right now she needs to be talked through each step. I'm sure that by the end of the year she will be able to move through the boxes on her own. The tasks in each box are very simple, but with Kaelyn they will probably last her a month. Remember that the goal of this is to create independence. It's not about pushing her to think. However, some of them do push her.
The first task is a two step process. She takes a puff ball, puts it in the film can, and then puts the lid on.
She is so proud of completing the task. So am I!
Task box #2 is to color in a picture. Kaelyn struggles with fine motor skills. She isn't very strong and has had a hard time with hand dominance.
I'm amazed at the progress she has made in her coloring skills. You can tell by the look on her face that she is proud of her work.
Next up is to practice her name. As she becomes more proficient, I will cover up certain letters with a post it note. Maybe by the end of the year she will be able to spell her name!
Task #4 is to put Mr. Potato Head together correctly. As you can see, she put the ears where the arms should go. This is actually a difficult task for her.
Task #5 was a piece of cake for her. She matches what is on the clothespin to the square piece of paper. This works on so many things for her: fine motor, matching, and midline crossover by having the box to her left.
Next up is some time on the swing. This girl loves to swing. She will spend hours on the playground. The swing set was the best investment. Since its purchase Kaelyn no longer spins in circles inside the house.
Here Kaelyn is working on sorting buttons by color. Eventually I hope her to be able to categorize things.
Box #8 is to work on prewriting skills.
Here she is matching pictures that are exactly the same.
Task box #10 was tough. I wanted her to build the same thing as the model. She could not do it. I had to walk her through each step. I may need to make it even simpler.
Below she is working on one-to-one correspondence. This is beginning math skills. It is also helping her with fine motor by building strength in her hands and midline crossover.
Last box is to work on cutting. She is starting to be able to cut a straight line! Yay!
Even putting on the lid when the task is complete can be challenging.
Each box has a number she removes and puts on her chart. This helps reinforce reading from left to right and also beginning to identify numbers.
This task box idea worked beautifully with Kaelyn. I'm hopeful that she will soon be able to work through these on her own.