Last year, we did most of our read alouds in Malachi’s room while building blocks, building legos, or some other form of building. It was a great way to keep Malachi happy while engaging the girls’ attention. They stay surprisingly focused if they are working with their hands. (I really shouldn’t say surprisingly, as I was always a doodler who paid attention in class.)
Today I decided to have them weave while I read. Two out of three liked it, so not bad… Although, it was the one who didn’t like it that I thought would like it the most. Go figure.
One that did like it actually had a bit of trouble. It just seemed a bit daunting like it was going to take, “forever!” It made me realize just how short my kids’ attention spans could be. For me as a kid, a bigger project would have been exciting. To her it was daunting… but she plugged away. I told her it was a project to work a little on every day while we read. No need to rush! I think the importance of sticking to it will be big with her.
Thankfully, all 3 girls can now crochet. I know what their next “busy hands” project is going to be while I read aloud… It’s fun having “big girls!”