5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

 

Sensory bins have been a huge thing in many classrooms for the last few years, but especially for homeschoolers. However, not everyone uses them if they don’t believe their child has sensory issues. As a homeschooling parent you should definitely be using these in your homeschool regardless of sensory needs of your children. These reasons below are just the beginning of why you should begin using sensory bins for your homeschool classroom.

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5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

Encourages classification understanding.

Learning about classification applies in multiple parts of education. Sensory bins are excellent for children to understand how to sort, separate, and recognize items. They are a great way to have children sort colors, textures, like items, items that don’t belong, and even shapes. Since classification matters in math and science so much, it is a great tool not just for younger children but also grade school level classroom work.

Helps kids use all of their senses.

The senses are part of exploration, knowledge, and learning. Sensory bins obviously help your kids use all the senses, but this is also a super fun way to encourage them to recognize what senses they are using. Encouraging them to not just experience the sensory bins, but to note what senses they use to separate items and classify them is a great way to help them to really think outside the box. Kids don’t often think about how they are using not just their eyes to see food, but their sense of smell and taste to determine what something is. The same thing goes with their sense of touch and smell when they are working in a sensory bin.

Encourages calming in active children.

Kids that struggle with ADD, ADHD, or simply have a hard time focusing can really benefit from learning through a sensory bin. It gives them something hands on to touch and play with while they learn. You can even easily give your children sensory bins to work with while you are going over lessons, reading or asking them questions about what you have been covering. Utilizing a sensory bin throughout the classroom is great for kids who tend to struggle with staying still and concentrating. You can easily help them focus on the lesson by providing a sensory bin that is applicable.

Helps to incorporate all subjects in one location.

Sensory bins are amazing tools to bring all of your curriculum into one simple place. You can add math, science, history, and even language assignments all inside one bin for your kids to learn more about one subject. These are especially nice for unit studies on specific subjects or ideas. Choose items for your sensory bins that fit into each subject if possible. You can use counting, sorting, specific historical items for a subject, and even special specimens for science to create a great sensory bin that encompasses all of your class work in one location. You can take a look at the simple sensory bin we used in our ocean-themed study before our field trip to the aquarium. It was a great way to tie all of those learning concepts together!

Helps kids to follow directions.

If your kids struggle with following directions, sensory bins are an amazing tool. By giving them specific things to look for, sort and separate, you can easily create a manner of following directions that they will enjoy. This is really important as they move into other subjects where following directions impacts how they come up with an end result or answer. I love giving my kids a list of items to sort out or directions on how to use the sensory bin for our classwork. This keeps them occupied, learning and working on that direction following problem they often have in the early years.

Using sensory bins throughout your homeschool classroom will be a great way to help get your kids the hands-on education they need. It gives them an easy outlet to use their hands while learning, and allows them the sensory opportunity that many children need to truly understand concepts.

Do you use sensory bins in your homeschool?


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I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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4 Ways to Preserve Curiosity in Children

 

Guest post by Candace of Breathebelief.com

 

Children are naturally curious and voracious learners. As a mother, I am sure you understand the constant questioning of 3- and 4-year-olds. They are anxious to learn skills they see other people do and to understand how the world works.

4 Ways to Preserve Curiosity in Children4 Ways to Preserve Curiosity in Children

Hal Gregersen said, “If you look at 4-year-olds, they are constantly asking questions and wondering how things work. But by the time they are 6 ½ years-old, they stop asking questions because they quickly learn that teachers value the right answers more than provocative questions. High school students rarely show inquisitiveness. And by the time they’re grown up and are in corporate settings, they have already had the curiosity drummed out of them. 80% of executives spend less than 20% of their time on discovering new ideas.”

Isn’t this a great quote and oh-so-true?!

Slowly curiosity is drummed out of us, like the quote says. Children realize that, in school, the right answer is what’s most important. And all too often, they are taught they need to regurgitate information told to them—rather than discover things that interest them, or come up with their own ideas.

But this is not something that needs to happen in our homeschool environments. We can provide our children with a different kind of environment.

We can create an environment where:

1. Questions are encouraged.

2. Their ideas are taken seriously and valued.

3. Mistakes are expected, and it is understood that mistakes are an irreplaceable part of the learning process.

4. We, as parents, model curiosity and innovation.

In this way, we can preserve our children’s curiosity, and fuel their personal innovation.

Today I encourage you apply these 4 crucial steps into your homeschooling. Help your children come up with new ideas and think for themselves. As we do this, we can prepare our children to be the leaders that the 21 st century so desperately needs.

I believe in you!

~Candace

What other ways do you encourage curiosity in your home?

 

Candace @ Breathebelief.comCandace Cornelius is a wife and mother to three daughters. She writes about homeschooling at Breathebelief.com and records a daily 5 minute podcast to let homeschool moms wake up with uplifting messages designed just for them. She is passionate about empowering homeschool moms, education, business, self-improvement, family, and following Christ. She loves board games, baby snuggles and fresh flowers. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Your Child Has Special Needs, Too

Your Child Has Special Needs Too

“My kids don’t go to school?”

[silence, mild contemplation]

“Do you homeschool them or something?”

“Well, we don’t use that term….but yeah.”

“Why?”

“My kids have special needs.”

“Oh.” [apologetically]

[end of conversation]

Now, in general I don’t short-circuit the homeschooling conversation like that. I actually very much prefer to go on the offensive until the inquiring party gets defensive and tries to break free!

But I certainly always have that retort in reserve and you are welcome to use my special needs silencer to ward off interrogations yourself.

It’s all aboveboard because as far as I’m concerned, and with all due respect, ALL CHILDREN have special needs.

Yes, many can claim medical and/or psychological distinction (ADHD, dyslexia, Apsergers, autism, etc.) but I submit that all other kids also may especially NEED:

  • To sleep more
  • To be outside more, if not all day
  • To spend copious time in solitude
  • To accelerate their education
  • To be constantly moving (i.e. can’t sit all day long!)
  • To read a ton
  • To be around their family a lot
  • To have vast creative space for art/music/dance
  • Etc.

I’m always talking to parents who are upset and frustrated that their kids can’t sit still in school, can’t focus on the assigned tasks, and are being strongly advised to medicate…

The first thing I do is try to flip their moods around.

I say that the fact that their child has energy and is self-directed is a HUGE POSITIVE for their long-term development. I point out that some of the most successful people ever to walk the earth have shared those same gifts.

And I assert that if their child was doing well in school. If they could competently sit for hours on end, blindly take orders and jump through hoops….if they were unstirred by any internal passions then they would have a MUCH BIGGER PROBLEM on their hands.

The fact is, all children, including yours, have prodigious latent talent, gifts, and energy bottled up inside them.

And if they (and you) aren’t aware of them…

Well they aren’t in an environment or on a plan to unlock their full-potential.

If you don’t take steps, SOON, to drastically change the situation….there will be unpleasant long-term consequences, painful side effects all-around, i.e. for them AND you.

Jim Rohn has famously said, “Potential underutilized leads to pain.”

I know I can attest to that personally and I bet you can, too.

 

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Husband to Inez. Father of John and Christine. Homeschool Coach, Accelerated Math Teacher. Former derivatives trader and future scratch golfer! Follow our learning adventures at HomeschoolDad.com.


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