One of the things I like most about using the Charlotte Mason method in our homeschooling, is how well it trains my sons to focus through narration. For our narration, I read a chapter from a classic book, right now it is Treasure Island, and Aidan, who is seven, tells me back what he can remember. When we first began narration, I would have to stop at the end of a couple of paragraphs and have him narrate because he couldn't focus long enough to tell back an entire chapter. I find, however, that he will focus best if his hands have something to do, so we began using beeswax modelling to compliment our read-aloud time. Shortly after I read, the boys will use the colorful beeswax to model something from the book and use it to retell the story. (For Robin Hood, it was a bow and arrow, and for The Tales of Mr. Pengachoosa, it was a little hamster.) We use it to enhance our nature study as well, shaping the beeswax into flowers, butterflies, rainbows, etc. The children are so proud of their creations.
The beeswax is a small hard strip, but becomes pliable with the warmth of your hand and is wonderful for fine motor skills. To keep it warm you can set it in a sunny spot or in warm water. As it cools, your creation will harden, but can be remolded easily. The beeswax strips have vibrant colors, are clean to handle, and have a lovely scent - a multi-sensory medium.
Thank you all for participating. Congratulations to, Patti, who has been notified and is looking forward to many creative times using the modeling beeswax.
My next giveaway, also from A Toy Garden, is coming soon...