Well, girls, I didn’t get my sweater finished last week. My husband is going back to work this week so we’ve been preparing for that by totally rearranging the two living rooms (homeschooling rooms) to see if we could add more purpose to the rooms and then in the evening we’ve been watching indie movies/documentaries on Netflix (anyone have good movie suggestions?) Normally I would knit at the same time but my baby is a night owl and is just so cute in the evening that it is much more fun to play with him!

There is someone in our house that is learning to read and my husband has developed wooden transition cards to help her out (and help your kids out, too, if anyone is interested). We felt that a wooden product would be more accepted than the paper variety of letter cards that can be found at the store. The transition cards are the perfect size for little hands and are cut, sanded and hand painted by my husband.

They make a satisfying little tapping sounds when used on a table or hardwood floor which makes it feel like you are working/playing with something substantial. Mike has developed transition cards for learning the transitions between small and capital letters (in cursive and manuscript), between manuscript and cursive writing in small and capital letters and numbers and their depiction on an abacus.

These cards can be used for reading, math as well as playing memory games.

In addition, Mike has also created larger cards that can be use to teach cursive writing by allowing the child to trace over the hand painted letters in the direction of the arrows.

Morgaine has finally shown some interest in learning since we’ve been using these cards so I couldn’t be happier!

Stop in and let us know what crafty things you’ve been up to this week!