Colorful Minds Learn Differently: Teaching Children Patience
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What Is A Colorful Mind?
My colorful background... I'm a dyslexic mom with two learning disabled teens.
One child shares my dyslexia, and the other, has what's called an auditory processing disorder and cerebral palsy.
We've found kids who have learning disorders compensate in amazing ways to learn, love and lead an exceptional life.
While many of these abilities make living with the learning disabled a challenge... they also make our lives more colorful....because colorful minds have a unique perspective on everything.
In The Colorful Minds Hub Series...
You Will Find Helpful Tips For:
Parenting A Colorful Child
Creative Ways To Teach A Colorful Child
Understanding Your Colorful Kid's Mind
Learning the Complicated Language of Learning Disorders
Abbreviations List To Get You Through That First Evaluation
Getting The Right Diagnosis For Your Colorful Kid
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A Fun Grass Seed Project... see link
About Children And Animals
1) All living creatures deserve a clean environment, fresh food and water daily, and gentle treatment.
Even though raising creatures is the child's project, it's up to the parents to assist in helping them put the nurture in nature.
2) Some children may have difficulty letting go, but here's how I ease the transition:
I told my children that in some cultures, animals bring messages to heaven....so I say if it's true...it would be nice to ask for peace before we set the messenger free.
3) Be prepared to talk about death. Not all chickens hatch. Not all tadpoles grow.
Nothing is sure in nature, but that doesn't make the potential for life less beautiful.
Patience is often thought of as something kids develop with maturity, but...
Did you know that a child's understanding of patience can be hurried along?
All that's needed are some rewards worth the wait and a little help from Mother Nature.
Many great rewards can be found right in your own back yard, purchased online, or found in a store near you.
Before you begin:
- Running to the store for a forgotten item will make for more frustration than reward.
- Make sure you have the materials all ready for set up before you start a project.
Words of Praise and Encouragement
The reward is not just about doing the activity, it's about praising the patience.
"Wow , takes a lot of patience waiting for bread to rise and bake, but you did it. Now let's eat!"
"Wonderful, you patiently watched the tank every day for those eggs to hatch. Now let's watch them grow."
To understand patience is a good thing, kids need to hear the words.
Let's Get Started
Here are four patience boosting activities that will have your child ready and waiting.
1) Planting the Seeds of Reason
Growing grass seed is about the simplest rewarding experience for children of all ages.
You can use any kind of a container from a milk carton to a fancy window box.
The best containers are decorated by the child before planting. Creating a colorful container also allows the child to make the project his/her very own.
Next you'll need... potting or topsoil... grass seed... water... and a sunny spot.
Keep the seeds moist... and in two weeks you will have a beautiful green indoor lawn that will be the envy of even the savviest gardeners.
Each day as the seeds sprout... your kids will love finding the first shoots of baby green grass and watching them grow thicker. Later they'll love trimming the older grass as it grows.
2) Watch A Change And Make A Difference
Nothing is more exciting than watching the metamorphosis of a Caterpillar.
Below I've left a link to online sources of caterpillars and moths that will fit your area, like painted ladies, and the most stunning...the giant lime green Luna moth.
Monarch caterpillars can also be found roadside on milkweed for free. Without a kit you will have to make a cage from screening or an old fish tank and find food.
Carefully follow the instructions in your caterpillar kit, or if you want to find and raise monarchs there's a great site with everything monarch. I've left a link to at the bottom of this page.
While you learn about raising them also learn about the signs of change... like
Triops Are Amazing Tiny Creatures
monarch caterpillars make a j shape before all changes,and the chrysalis becomes dark then clear on the day of the hatching.
When you've successfully raised your fluttery wards, set them free to the breeze.
3) Sea Monkeying Around
Are these mail order sillies for real?
Yes they are...sea monkeys....aka brine shrimp and the similar ancient form of sea life called triops are what most refer to when taking about sea monkeys.
If the kids love dinosaurs... they'll love triops! Check out the fun video above.
Also available are brine shrimp, but they're less impressive.
Both can be purchased in kits at...any local mall educational or science store, or you can follow the link below.
Follow the directions in the kit and in a few days your kids will wake up to find tiny specks on the gravel...then as each day passes...the critters grow.
If taken care of as per the instructions, they will thrive and reproduce for months with very little effort.
I like to keep them on the kitchen table in a small fish bowl because you can watch their progression each day...and remember to feed them.
And while sea monkeys are a great patience exercise, there's one even better.
A Chicken Hatching:Reality : It could take all day
3) Grow A Frog
Want to go the extra mile?
Set up an aquarium with a frog habitat... and catch (with a local permit) or purchase tadpoles.
This is the ultimate patience reward.
For an added lesson, and ONLY if the adult frogs are native to your area, releasing them will further teach your child about letting go, and stewardship.
Patience is a virtue that can only be taught if you can prove its merits...and what better way to explore this area than as a family.
More Patience Teaching Activities
- Making Cookies or Brownies From Scratch
- Baking Bread From Scratch
- Growing A Butterfly Garden
- Creating A Bird Feeding Station
- Making A Paper Mache Piñata
- Not ready to grow a live creature... there are lots of set in water...grow things available like... grow a bunny.. or ...grow a dinosaur.
A Cute Video: Kristine of KrisCreations loves tadpoles…
Links For Colorful Families
- The Butterfly Site - The #1 Source of Butterfly Information on the Internet!
The Butterfly Site - #1 Source of Butterfly Information on the Internet! We have: Monarch butterfly info, butterfly pictures, butterfly gardens, butterfly clip art, butterfly life cycle info, butterfly release companies, everything butterfly!
- Monarch Watch : Dedicated to Education, Conservation and Research
Monarch Watch is a cooperative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers dedicated to the study of the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus and its spectacular fall migration.
- Sea Monkeys and Triops
Kits available here!
- Classroom Incubation Kit by Lyon Electric Company - Hatch Chicken Eggs as a School Project
The Classroom Incubator Kit is a great value for teachers who want to hatch chicken eggs in the classroom. This kit is expensive, might be a good PTA project.
- Birdfeeding Tips
Birds might take weeks to find your feeder, but when they do...it's wonderful!
- Butterfly Garden for Kids
Quick note on how to make a butterfly garden with kids.
- Making a Pinata
Instructions to make a pinata.
- Lesson Exchange: Grass Heads (all, Science)
Find out how to create a grass head of you own!
- Kids Saving Nature - Raising Tadpoles
Great page for parents and kids.
- tadpoles for children - including how to care for tadpoles
Another great page for the family.
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