Accomplishments!: We finally had enough snow to get outside and enjoy a few days of sledding and boy was it a change from last year. Twin A played outside more than Twin B did – I think the amount of powder on the ground was partially to blame since Twin B got a bit in his face the first run or two. Anyway, on Friday we spent probably three hours sledding on little hills by our house and Saturday, another two hours.
It was a big change from last year – both boys would TRY and trudge up the hill last year but it would take forever or they’d get tired halfway up the hill so we ended up having to carry or pull them both up the hill (see picture below).
However, this year both boys did everything on their own – they would carry their tubes or sled up the hill, they’d get in (for the most part) on their own, and the day ended up much more enjoyable for us parents. I spent most of both days with the boys and it was such a blast.
Opportunities: Since moving here, all of the kiddos have had semi-frequent bloody noses. I’m not sure if it’s due to the altitude here or what but about every two weeks, we’ll wake up hearing one of the kids calling us in the middle of the night and we’d have to clean them up. Time to go to the doctor just to be safe.
Tip of the Week: The boys’ speech therapist did an awesome session around “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” book. On that note, we’ve been doing nightly exercises before going to bed and have started to notice slight improvements in their speech and muscle usage. One of their favorite sentences is “Leo likes lollipops” since Leo is a mutual friend they both have.
So first, we read the book together. The ST always uses a ton of prompts to get the boys to vocalize what is happening and since they are already familiar with the book, it went rather well.
Step 2 of the session was working with some laminated objects she had made with magnets on the back of each. She had a picture of basically every page in the book (egg on leaf, caterpillar, the different foods, cocoon, etc) and the boys had to sort through them and put them on the white board.
After the boys put up the entire story on the board, she then asked them to tell her the story by using the timeline on the board. I thought this was a great idea because she started off with a model for them to follow (i.e. her reading the book and seeing their level of comprehension), then had them visualize and recreate the story, followed by them taking her through the story with visual reinforcements. She finished the lesson by having them make their own caterpillar – a little cutting, folding, drawing and voila~ an OT lesson as well! 🙂
Anyway, hope the lesson idea helps. Way easy and a fully engaging 40 minutes for the boys. My daughter and I are going to make a few sets and have the boys take them to school. Have a great week!