Often Bear(3.5) sees J-jo(1.5) doing practical life work and wants to do the same. However, J-jo’s practical life work poses no challenge to Bear. While there is benefit to doing the easier work – such as rest from more challenging academic work – I do want to present Bear with a bit of a challenge. Consequently, I often provide an extra tool to add that challenge for Bear.
For instance, in this “place the marble on the suction cup” exercise that I set up for J-jo,
I added a tiny spoon (from sampling ice cream at Baskin Robins) for Bear. You have to tilt the spoon just so to get the marble onto the suction cup.
In this “spoon the marble from the bowl to the tray” exercise, I added training chopsticks for Bear to use to grab the marble.
And in this “push the golf tees into play dough” exercise, I provided a hammer for Bear to hit the tees with.
How do you deal with working with and teaching two children of different abilities in your home?