We are currently working our way through our first official unit for our “school” about helpers. Our first designated helpers are mailmen. And the girls and I have been having fun discovering more about the mail and mailmen. But, I kind of hit a wall in regards to their understanding of what happens at a post office. They just didn’t have much experience with going to the post office. So, I threw together a quick post office “I spy” activity for the girls and it was such FUN! And I thought I would share with you a free printable so you can do it, too.
We have not always been good about getting things in the mail. And when I say “we,” I mean I have not been good about it. But we are in the midst of our first preschool unit on mailmen and I took the opportunity to challenge ourselves to get something in the mail in time for Grandparent’s Day. So I came up with a cute, simple Grandparent’s Day craft for our girls to do. Hopefully they will get to the grandparents some time before the end of the week!
I was doing a little research on crafty things we could make for our 3 sets of grandparents and I came across this cute poem and craft from Joyfully Thriving for Valentine’s Day that I really liked. I thought it would really work for the grandparents that live in Texas (and for the local ones, too!).
Today was our first day of school! And I don’t know who was more excited: me or the girls!
We have been leading up to this day for a couple of weeks, telling the girls they were going to start school soon! And then last week, we did a fun countdown activity with some foam school buses I found at the Dollar Spot at Target (love that place). I used some foam numbers to number the buses from 1-7 and posted them on the wall for the girls to see each day. Each day we counted down to school. And each night, I took one down and told them, “I was up really late last night and I saw one of those buses drive away. And it said, ‘See you at school!'” The girls just loved coming downstairs to discover one less bus each day. And today, they were all gone and we had a different set up ready for them.
Our girls are really excited about the concepts they understand of school. We hear of every school bus (and city bus) we see while out and about. And when we are home the girls will often take the time to pack their own lunches with pretend food and then announce they are off to school. We dutifully play along and tell them to have a nice day and “Have Fun!” They also understand the concept of “school work” being about learning because G has had “school work” from a book we bought at Costco (or Sam’s Club) a while back. But they have no real experience with what school is. And we are still in the process of deciding how they will actually be schooled. But in the mean time, we are embarking on official “School” for them this week!
Our girls are really enjoying their Bob books! We picked up a set for each of them. We got the Alphabet one for Wren and the first Sight Words one for Grace. I know very little about how to teach a person to read, but thankfully our girls are making it easy on me by learning without much instruction! But since picking up the Bob books, the girls’ interest in reading has hit overdrive. They ask every day, several times a day if we can read another new book. And since we are working so quickly through them, I thought I would extend their life by creating some book related activities for the girls to do. The first one we tried was sensory glop based on the Bob Book Jump.
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One question we started getting even before G was born is, “Are you going to home school?” Although this question is still a bit premature, we have been thinking about the answer to it for quite some time because G is such a great learner – she truly is very teachable. But the one thing that concerns me about homeschooling during the early years is teaching someone to read. I don’t remember learning to read, I just know I knew how to do it by the time I got to kindergarten. And I have no experience with teaching someone to read. It seems so daunting to me! The English language is VERY complicated! So, I am always looking for all the help I can get. We already are on top of the reading-every-day-with-your-kid thing, since G and W are book obsessed; but I know that is not sufficient to teach them to read the words themselves. When I was given the opportunity to try out a program for kids (preschoolers and early elementary), Rosetta Stone’s Kids Reading Program, to teach her the building blocks of reading, I was so excited!