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Online learning is a lot of fun. However, when you have a sensory seeker in the family learning curve gets quite curvy. Sensory processing disorder slows down an overall speech and developmental development and I feel that I need to take a jump-start on learning with online preschool sensory activities now.
However, what the sensory seeker is really good at is running into things, crashing, jumping, bumping, running. Sensory seeker doesn’t sense things the way we do, he needs stronger impact of whatever it is he interacts with.
When teaching my older child to read, I started with highly entertaining programs with a little element of study, because learning has to be fun, right? Reading Kingdom was the second program we tried (as a part of a review) and we have used it for the last 3 years. The graphic elements of this program are not very advanced and at first I wasn’t sure my daughter would like it. Today my 6-year-old kindergartener has a reading level of the second grader and I couldn’t be happier.
The program is for kids 4 and up and since I noticed my sensory son making circles around it, I decided it wouldn’t hurt to take an early start on learning.
5 things to consider when chosing online preschool sensory activities for your sensory seeker
when looking for online preschool activities for your sensory seeker
1. Entertainment is not always what you should look for.
While advanced animation makes learning fun, even simple entertainment might sidetrack your sensory seeker. My child gets the biggest kick out of picking the wrong answer just for a sake of hearing the little clown say “non-no-no-no-no”.
2. Don’t just rely on your child to follow the instructions.
Since it is quite difficult for a sensory seeker to sit still and answer questions while doing preschool sensory activities, you have to stay with him. Any time I try to walk away, upon my arrival I find ripped envelopes, freehand drawing on the table, etc. Ideally, I would sit next to him, hug him tight and repeat 5 times what the program says or give him high fives for the job well done.
3. Structure to Success.
Like many sensory seekers my son does better in the structures environment. If the learning curve mimics a class, it has higher chances of success and online preschool sensory activities is not an exception to the rule. Somehow, if I offer my son options, his answer is usually NO or Hmmmmm..
Reading Kingdom class has a beginning, an end, and a certificate at the end of each class. There is also a test at the end of each level to make to decide if your child is ready to go to the next level or would benefit from a few weeks of review.
4. Pause and Breathe.
If the program you are considering has time constraints, check if it also comes with a recess button. This particular program allows me to stop the class for up to 12 minutes. Sometimes it’s a potty train break and sometimes my little guy just needs to run around to let the steam out.
5. Plan your bribes ahead of time.
Learning might not be all that much fun for both of you (and especially for you), so get ready for rewards. I sometimes have to reward myself with a piece of chocolate, but my son needs a promise of an online game or You Tube time. “You do know you have to do Reading Kingdom if you want to play a game, don’t you?”
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