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Our First Field Trip – Children’s Discovery Museum

a staycation in the desert - a field trip

I was recently asked to share our adventures in snacking and our Snackation destination by The J.M. Smucker Company.  This is a sponsored post.  As always, all opinions and experiences are my own.

Yesterday, I shared with you how we NEEDED to get out of the house and go experience something new.  And I shared that I wasn’t quite ready to leave the desert with the girls, so I decided we would have a staycation!  Our new adventures would hopefully get us out of the rut that all the days indoors during a desert summer can bring.  Yesterday, I shared how we got prepared for our staycation by hitting up our Snackation destination, Walmart, and filling up on snacks.

There are LOTS of places we have yet to explore in our desert, but I decided that we would point our car in the direction of our local Children’s Discovery Museum! Continue Reading

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Pretend Play Post Office for Preschoolers

pretend play post office

I have been ultra inspired by our current unit for preschool: helpers.  Our first mini-unit has been mailmen and it has been SO much fun!  I am not sure who has had more fun with it: me or the girls!  I came up with a number of ideas in the weeks leading up to our starting of this unit and was so gratified by their successful outcome.  And I was even more excited that we spent about $10 on creating an entire post office pretend play set up for the girls!  So, I thought I would share the ideas with you, in case you want to create something like this for your little ones. Continue Reading

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Post Office “I Spy” for Preschoolers

Post Office "I Spy" for preschoolers

We are currently working our way through our first official unit for our “school” about helpers.  Our first designated helpers are mailmen.  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.

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Grandparent’s Day Craft for Preschoolers

Grandparent's Day craft and poem for preschoolers

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!).  

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First Day of School

first day of school -preschool at home

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.  Continue Reading

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To School, for the First Time

preparing for home preschool

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! Continue Reading

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