Because you asked about what we’re doing for preschool, I took pictures of a typical day 🙂
I spent a couple hours a couple weeks ago researching boxed preschool curriculum companies. I found two that looked really fun. I bought both! Not to use at the same time, of course. We’ll use one this month and try out the other next month.
Though after just one day of using the first, Mother Goose Time, I’m pretty sure we’ve found the winner for our family!
Mother Goose Time comes with everything you need to have preschool at your house. It arrives in a fun yellow school bus box (my kids LOVE that!) It comes with adorable posters and charts to hang up in your room. It comes with a lesson plan book and a ton of crafts and activities.
The materials I need for each day of the month are seperated in bags so all I have to do is grab a bag and head over to the whiteboards where I’ve set up our preschool display center 🙂
After some fun circle time songs (included in the package) and doing our calendar, weather, shape, and color of the day, we started on our little craft. It was making a turtle pull toy. The kit came with a paper cutout of a turtle shape, a bowl to glue on top as the turtle shell, googly eyes, string to tape to the turtle’s head to pull it along, and instructions of course.
All I needed was glue, green construction paper (to decorate the turtle’s shell), and tape to tape on the string.
When you buy Mother Goose Time you choose how many children you’re buying for. I bought for four. Three so that Brooklyn and Sierra could join Payson and an extra so I could show them how to do the crafts.
Little Ember occupied herself during craft time by munching on some tape.
Payson’s turtle was finished first (because he had my help and wasn’t worried about it looking perfect like the girls were) and squealed with delight while pulling it around.
When the box of preschool stuff came in the mail I made a big deal about it being Payson’s preschool. He got to come over and open the box and everything I pulled out I labelled as his.
“Oh look, Payson’s shape poster! Payson’s calendar! Payson’s map! Payson’s weather chart!”
He has always felt left out of the girls’ school (though I do really good at including him, he knows the activities we’ve done were originally for the girls) so to have this be for him with the girls joining in made him super happy.
The girls finished their turtles and pulled them around the house with Payson for a while (video clip at bottom of post) and then wrote their names on pond themed name tags that came in the kit.
So, I have to add right here, because this next picture so clearly illustrates it, that school time, despite it’s fun moments, has a lot of trauma with it every single day. Or at least almost every single day. There’s at least one moment where someone breaks down and cries or screams over something. It’s never the same thing but it’s always something.
During our turtle day the kids made those turtle pull toys like I just talked about, well when all the turtles were done Payson noticed that the girls’ turtles looked nicer than his turtle because they’d use tape to attach the string and I’d used a staple on his. The staple was where the turtle’s mouth would be and originally Payson liked that because he called it his turtle’s mouth.
But then he saw the girls’ cute little red smiling mouths they’d drawn on and went crazy. He started screaming that Brooklyn’s turtle was his turtle. He was pretty ridiculous about it.
I felt annoyed that he was screaming so hysterically but bit down my frustration and talked to him. He calmed down and I used the turtle body from the extra supplies to make his turtle a smiley faced turtle and attached the string with tape. Brooklyn glued on extra green squares to make his turtle’s shell look nicer and Payson was beyond happy.
So it all worked out and I made the right decision to be kind instead of going with my initial urge to walk him to his room and let him scream in there for a while.
He was saying, “I don’t like turtles. Turtles mean!”
We came back to the whiteboards with the turtles to finish up for the day.
The preschool thing has mostly been for Sierra, as it turns out. Payson doesn’t really care about the calendar or weather. He knows his colors, shapes, letters and numbers so he gets really bored hearing about them. All he wants to do is pull all the posters and charts off the whiteboards. Or color all over it all with draw erase markers. Or take the weather sticks (images of types of weather glued to craft sticks) and play with them.
But Sierra is thrilled to pieces over everything. She sits there listening intently and beaming with happiness over all the fun stuff. She loves making the crafts and that she knows the answers to most of the questions.
And surprisingly, Ember loves our preschool time as much as any of the other kids! She sits with the group and looks happily at the colorful pictures and looks from face to face while we’re talking. She gets really excited when there’s music involved. We had just turned on the turtle song and you can see her dancing in the picture below!
She bounces up and down and waves her arms up and down and giggles. It was so hard for me to give the other kids as much attention during dancing time because she was so darn adorable!! You’ll see in the video clip at the end of the post, I was a bit overwhelmed by her cuteness. haha
So yeah, there’s everything you never wanted to know about our family’s preschool time! In the future I won’t post many pictures about it. Unless you want me to, of course.
All the music in the video below is from Mother Goose Time. We take the CDs with us in the car, my kids love them that much.
I paid about $54 for a month’s worth of curriculum. I wouldn’t normally spend that much on a preschool curriculum but it’s been a great place to jump off for Sierra’s kindergarten. I take the theme of the month (this month is Meet Me at the Pond) and go deeper into learning about it with a few library books and activities I find online.
For example yesterday was learning about turtles, there are hundreds of fun ways to learn all about turtles. The girls and I had a blast learning more about them online. We looked up turtles in all the science/nature books we have and pretty much talked turtles all day.
So much fun!