This is a group that happens to LOVE puzzles and they are very good at it.
Today we worked on 12 piece puzzles. Immediately I heard some… ” I can’t’s” or ” I don’t know how… ” and even an ” I give up! ” But eventually they ALL put their puzzle together. As children are putting puzzles together we have to give them ” clues ” to help along the way. ” There is a piece of red barn on that edge do you see anymore pieces that look like a red barn ” or ” All the edges are straight like a picture frame.” Not allowing your child to give in or you doing it for them teaches them patience and follow through. And wow.. what a sense of accomplishment and pride when they finally do it themselves.
My favorite moment of the day was when Scarlett was walking by Kingston and saw him struggling and offered her help. What a sweetie.. ( Yep.. I was right there and could have helped BUT….. he needed to try on his own AND imagine all the social lessons that were learned when Scarlett noticed his struggle and looked at me… with that ” can I PLEASE HELP ” look in her eyes . Then came the smile when I said ” I bet Kingston would LOVE your help.” And then Kingstons ” thank you” at the end. Empathy ! Pride ! Friendship!
I love that my little ones care for each other.
Well.. yes, you know I took a picture of it !
From the Sensory Edge website :
Here are some of the skills that are enhanced by playing with puzzles: