Lots of things are still working around here and some things we've had to give up for now, like our nature walks. I mean it's completely freezing outside where just walking from the front door to the car hurts my hands so there's no way we're going to do that until it warms up. And, I should say, that Peanut is VERY upset over that fact right now. She claims that the birds are the smartest because they go "back down souf for da winter where it's not fweezing."
However, since we returned from Christmas, the one thing that it working for all of the campers are their new headphones. Oh the blessing of silence in my home during the day. Well, at least while they have those headphones on. It's a blessing to me not to have to hear several different songs playing at once, or online lessons going through speakers that I have to then attempt to talk over while another child is trying to listen to me.
It's a blessing for the children as well because these headphones are so good that they muffle ALL outside noise, which means they're less distracted from their work. They're also pretty comfortable to wear, unlike all the other ones we've tried in the past, which means the campers are more than willing to put them on. They have discovered, of course, that while these are on if they're listening to music at a certain volume they can't hear when we call for them either... Not such a blessing, but definitely a familiar scene from my younger days.
And while ECJ enjoys his headphones (which are black) for listening to his portable CD player with he still uses his ear buds during his computer lessons because his computer causes some feedback to happen with his new headphones. These were purchased at a store near us called Five Below and cost all of five dollars each.
Other than that one of our major things that is working for us is the use of flashcards and memory games. We use flashcards for the alphabet, number recognition, beginning words, and math facts. We have memory games that are just for "fun" (helping build memory) and some for the alphabet as well. We also found a wonderful ABC go fish game featuring the Sesame Street crew at Dollar Tree.
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