Saturday, May 28, 2016

BFIAR: The Little Rabbit & The ABC Bunny

Trevy continues to really enjoy our Before Five in a Row book selections. I have a stack of pre-selected (borrowed from the library or our own) book choices in his purple workbox bin. Each weekend he chooses the book he'd like to read the next week. He loves the freedom to choose. Having him pick over the weekend has been working well. 

Here are some ways I tried to therapeutically enrich our journey with The Little Rabbit and The ABC Bunny...


Trevor has always always loved music. Songs are a great way to work on articulation and phrasing. I want to capitalize on that by finding songs that relate to our stories. 

We used Little Bunny Foo Foo for The Little Rabbit. It's fun and silly and chock full of articulation opportunities.  The ABC Rabbit has its own song which he enjoyed and we also used Rhyming is So Easy which is super fun.

I also like to work on vocabulary to give him more meaningful words and articulation. I snagged some free printables and used for reading and speech.

His favorite new word was "rhubarb" and how cool is it that on our nature hike this week we stumbled on a garden with rhubarb in it! The Charlotte Mason in me adores when natural connections happen!

Gross Motor

We played two gross motor games. Rabbit Hole was a Pinterest find. It was fun and he loved having his siblings join in, but he fatigued quickly. 

I modified the idea and create a bunny obstacle course. The hula hoops are still the rabbit holes to jump into and the discs are foxes that he had to weave in and out of. This was great for coordination, balance, and scanning.

Fine Motor 

(with a side of Science)

He really enjoyed this sorting game and quickly mastered it. I deliberately printed it on regular paper to make it a little more fine motor challenging for him than cardstock is.


(with a side of art)

He loved taking a magnifying glass around the yard to study the various flowers (aka weeds) that are flourishing. My original idea for an art tie-in was to paint with dandelions. Sadly, we discovered that dandelions don't hold up well as paint brushes. Particularly with children who tend to be sensory seeking and a bit rough. A little Pinterest adaptation later and we still created a cute art project to go with our stories. I did have to hand-over-hand with Trevy because his impulsivity was firing on all cylinders but he drew his own stalks. He enjoyed this activity and was insistent mommy must make one too. His is the orange paper, mind the purple. 

There are so many ways to therapeutically enrich learning. Especially when your foundation is a rich, living book! Check out my Before Five in a Row board for more ideas. 

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