Creative Learning Experiences

Worksheets are often boring, I do know this, so my goal is always to use them as a guide for the discussion and learning process and not to require page after page of writing.

Elisha (our oldest) has autism and has always struggled with putting pen to paper due to a combination of muscle fatigue (diagnosed by an orthopaedic specialist) and sensory issues (diagnosed by two different occupational therapists). For these and other reasons, we are always looking for creative learning experiences that don’t require putting pen to paper.

Creative learning experiences can often be found by thinking outside the box or by producing activities in the moment based on interest and opportunity. Some of my best creative learning ideas come from truly seizing those teachable moments and having a variety of resources available in our home learning environment can only improve my chances of succeeding.


During our Bible time today we read and discussed Colossians 3:20.
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FYI – These memory verse posters are created by my husband and I to go with animations we are currently working on. There will be 26 verses in this series.


We went to Khan Academy again today to watch our math video.

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We watched the third video in the Khan Academy Arithmetic Playlist in case you are following along.

Then we printed some more worksheets from The Math Worksheet Site.

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We pulled out our gripping pegs for the twins to play with and they were very engaged with practicing their fine motor skills. (And yes, that is a ham sandwich sitting beside Hosanna. It was  a working lunch).



Today we played a rousing game of Angry Verbs. No, I didn’t come up with that fun title, Angry Verbs, but I did come up with this fun little game for the kids to play today.

I took these angry birds coloring pages, printed them out, and slipped them into my wonderful foam dice and taped the sides shut in case any of them had second thoughts and decided to  try and escape.


The rules are simple:

  1. If you roll a bird you have to say a verb.
  2. If you roll a pig you have to say a noun.

Another awesome resource is this Noun/Verb Sort (free) from Mama’s Learning Corner for you to check out.

Social Studies (History & Geography)

Today we dove in head first and landed in the Byzantine Empire. We opened The Usborne Book Of World History


and read pages 92-93.


Then we opened up The Usborne Encyclopedia World History


and read pages 202-203.


Then we opened up The King Fisher History Encyclopedia


and read from pages 100-101.


A few years ago I purchased Uncle Josh’s Outline Map Collection and it has been a wonderful resource for whenever we need a map.


Today we printed out a map of Europe & The Middle East and Elisha was able to highlight the Byzantine Empire area in pencil, from memory. He particularly enjoyed our history lesson today.


I pulled out my History Through The Ages CD today and printed off the page with Justinian and Theodora for the kids to put in their timeline books.


This is the Book Of Time purchased from Sonlight a few years ago, but we hardly used it. It will be perfect for our Medieval Studies.


Elisha glued in Justinian and Theodora and then helped each of the other boys to find the correct place on their own timelines and glue in their pieces. He was a big help today and he actually told me he enjoyed school. (Big smile on my heart for reaching him).


A Few Final Words

Well, that’s it for our formal lessons this week. A few of the kids have bits and pieces to finish before we dive into our lessons again next Tuesday, but we are just calling that homework.