Hi! I love Hot Tamales. One day, my mom was reading a book. She said I could color, but I didn’t want to color. I was eating Hot Tamales when it struck me that I could build my modest mom’s face out of the candy. So I started building it. While I was building, I thought that I can be creative and construct stuff out of cardboard and cut paper and glue it together. Once I built a cardboard ship savings bank for my mom. Now that was fun!
This is how the Hot Tamales face looked like when it was done, except my mom’s hair is much longer. -Holly Horse Lover, age 8
This was written by my oldest daughter, and introduces a helpful point regarding home education. Often, I will allow my children to do something quiet with their hands while I am reading a children’s novel to them, or some other educational material. I think it helps them to concentrate on listening, having their hands occupied with a silent activity. They have so much energy, it’s hard for them to just sit still, though there are times when they need to learn to exert the discipline and self-control to be still, for a time. While their hands are busy, their minds are also working, even though it might not seem like it.
Here are some of the things I let them play with while reading out loud to them:
- Small cars
- Coloring pages
- Simple crafts such as making pot holders or cross-stitch
- Organizing small items from craft drawers
- Train set
I also have them do easy chores such as folding clothes or straightening up the living room as they listen to an interesting story.
I’ve found this method to be very helpful. I don’t have to be constantly reminding them to keep things quiet; it’s automatic for them as long as their bodies are able to be in movement. Just as long as it’s not jumping or running around!