Not Back-To-School Blog Hop', where others can get a glimpse of a typical day in their family. I thought it would be fun to join in. Here's how our first day of 'school' went...
5:30am: Baby H wakes up. I nurse him, play with him a bit, then let him play on his own while I sit in the same room working on my computer.
6:30am: L and E wake up, so I take all the kids downstairs, let the dogs out, and start prepping breakfast for everyone.
6:30-7:30: Kids eat breakfast while watching Barney, and I start cooking breakfast for my husband, who comes downstairs at 7:30.
7:30: I made a big deal about starting Preschool last night, so this morning they keep asking when we can "play Preschool". I try to arrange the furniture so the dogs won't bother us in our preschool area. L and E sit on the floor with me for 'Circle Time', while Baby H watches from his crib.
7:30-10:30: First part of 'Preschool' (I didn't keep track of exactly how long each activity took, so here's the summary of the full 3(!!!) hours..)
-We sing a name song (learned from Kindermusik), and do a different action for each person as they are introduced. Baby H claps along. When it was time to do something for me, I sang, 'jump, jump, for Mommy' and L corrected me and said, "You're not 'Mommy', you're 'Teacher'".
-We read One Fish Two Fish by Dr. Seuss.
-I introduce the girls to our Activity Trays:
-The first tray that was picked was animal matching:
-The 2nd tray that was picked was Geometric Blocks:
-We turned on some music and did some stretching and dancing for a couple minutes
-For the next tray, the girls had to place the correct number of clothespins on number cards:
L did the activity correctly and enjoyed counting, but E elected to put the clothespins around a plastic basket (which was OK, too).
-We put the tray back and sang the "Hokey Pokey".
(Honestly, I was only expecting us to do 2-3 trays in the morning, but the girls kept asking for more)
-The next tray was a pasting activity from a workbook:
-The next tray included two 12-piece puzzles:
-We went out on the deck and blew bubbles. By this time, Baby H had woken up from his nap and joined us. He thought that popping bubbles was hilarious, and we all had a good time.
10:30-12:00 pm - I prep some lunch, and we all eat. Then L and E play on their own. They're always making up such creative adventures.
12:00pm-1:00pm - Girls take turns playing Starfall.com on the computer in Baby H's room, while I play with Baby H on the floor.
1:00pm-3:00pm: After reading approx. a dozen picture books to the girls, they spend some quiet time in their rooms, while I play with H, work a bit, and take a nap.
3:00pm: L just fell asleep, but E is up, so I take her downstairs for some one-on-one time. First we do a workbook:
E paints an elephant, a bear, and some cookies with sprinkles. Since L often tends to take the spotlight when we're all working together, I think this special time for E to spend with me by herself is really important. She really shines and behaves so much better than when she's around her sister.
4:00pm- When E was working and I asked her if it's time to wake her sister up, she kept saying 'No!', but I figure it's getting late, so I wake up L. Both girls drink some milk and have a snack.
4:00-6pm- Go on a walk to the park and play at the playground.
6:00pm-8:00pm - We eat dinner, and then the girls play independently. They make up some story about Daddy Crocodile and a mermaid who is running away from an orca.
8:00pm - Girls want to do more activities before bed, so we do some of our Preschool Trays upstairs.
-Making words from velcro letters:
-Then we sorted animal cards by the number of legs they have:
9:00-10:00pm: Work on my computer a bit, play Sudoku on my Kindle, and then go to bed.
This was an exceptionally good day.. Usually there are at least 2-3 fits or sibling fights, big messes for me to clean, and things don't generally go that smoothly. I do have to say that our new 'Preschool' system has been working great all week. I switch the activity trays up every M/W/F, and while the girls are free to work on the trays on their own (or with me if they want) the rest of the days, I try to make Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends more open-ended with time to focus on other projects.