Movement and Learning: Our Backyard History Timeline
This has been a tough week for us.
So tough in fact, I almost gave up and did not plan an activity (not just for the blog, but honestly, for my son as well).
It’s exactly why I wanted to do this year’s 52 Weeks of Activities in the first place. I know that when things get difficult, I tend to put my head down to get through, and overlook the simple things that seem hard at first, but in actuality, make things easier.
A fun activity is my son’s love language. Quality time mixed with movement calms him like nothing else. The truth is, my commitment to do this once a week is exactly what we both needed.
Friday Fun-Days: 52 Weeks of Easy Hands-On Activities
I didn’t have a lot of energy or brain power left to create anything super fancy this week. I barely had enough energy left for the activity itself! So, I decided to incorporate movement into an ongoing project we have been working on. Once we got started, it was easy to keep going and really make it a Fun Friday.
If you saw my post yesterday, you know that part of our history lessons include The Giant American Timeline books. Because we had the timeline complete, but were still working on comprehension and retention of the learning itself, I decided to use this week’s Friday Fun-Day to help reinforce all that he has been learning.
Our Backyard History Timeline
What you will need for this activity:
Painters or Masking Tape
Movement and Learning
Step One: Create a long line with the tape.
Step Two: Cross over the long line in several points with smaller pieces of tape. These will mark your dates in history, and create a large, interactive timeline.
Step Three: Using chalk, write in the years you are reviewing.
Step Four: Ask your child to jump to the year or decade in which an historic event occurred. (For example, I called out “The Civil War” and he jumped to the 1860’s.)
Step Five: Keep going until your child is too tired to jump anymore.
I know I said I would be keeping these activities super easy for mom, but the truth is, this one required so little, I am almost embarrassed to be sharing it.
Almost..but I am sharing it.
I am sharing this activity because no matter how simple it was, my son loved it. (He thought it was so fun, he asked my husband to quiz him on history again when he got home from work!)
I am sharing it because we all have weeks where even the smallest task seems daunting.
I am sharing it because it ended up being the highlight of our learning this week.
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Shawna Wingert is a special education teacher turned educational consultant, and mom of two brilliant boys who have learning differences and special needs.
Shawna has also written four books: Everyday Autism, Special Education at Home, Parenting Chaos, and Homeschooling Your Child With Special Needs. A passionate advocate for individualized education, Shawna is frequently featured on Today.com, Simple Homeschool, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and The Mighty. She can also be found supporting parents online at her own site, DifferentByDesignLearning.com.