The honeymoon is over. We did our third week of stations, and it was terrible. Worse, my friend came over in the middle and saw how terrible it truly was. I had children rolling around, moaning on the floor over having to jump rope. I had children standing in line waiting to play freerice.com.
I had children coloring drawings of robins green. Older children who know what robins look like.
The only item that was a hit was the above memory station. This is actually a Charlotte Mason idea: set out a collection of items and give the chldren a set time (we did 3 minutes) to “memorize” them. Then they can write (or dictate, or draw) as many of the items as possible. It’s harder than it looks.
I was really excited about this still life I set up, but the kids all whizzed through it without appreciating at all how the water changed the appearance of the chessboard squares. I think that for us, drawing needs to be a whole-group activity, where we spend significant time and talk (a little, at least) about what we’re seeing.
Have you tried any stations-activities? I’d love to hear about it!