Wow! It's been over a year since I last posted and it's flown by. My girls are getting so big...one in preschool and the other in 1st grade. They are both loving their schools and as for me, I got a job! I found a wonderful company that hired me to work 15 hours a week. I know! I feel so blessed. I had already planned to send Mouse to school 3 days a week and this job allows me to be home with her the other two days...and it's in my field. We are now a week into school and 2 days into the new job. It's going really well but super busy!
Our current schedule looks like this:
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: Take Princess to school, take Mouse to school, work, pick Mouse up, pick Princess up, do homework, eat dinner, play a short bit, and get ready for bed.
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Take Princess to school, go to the gym (when I actually make it!), activity with Mouse (like ballet class or go to the park), lunch, rest time, learning activity, pick up Princess, homework, eat dinner, play a bit, and get ready for bed.
I thought I would start posting some of the learning activities I'll be doing with Mouse. She enjoyed week 1, where we learned about the letter A.
On Tuesdays, we do an art project and work in her "workbook." Thursdays we do a cutting activity, more work in her workbook. We are also taking trips to the library weekly and picking out some alphabet books to emphasize the letters we're learning. I'm trying to make learning fun for her and not go overboard since she's already in school 3 days a week. It's also important for me to set aside some time to sit down with her and really focus on her, so having an activity like this has been helpful.
Our Tuesday project: A is for Apple tree.
We painted Mouse's hand brown and placed it on the paper for the tree branches and then painted the trunk. I cut up a sponge and Mouse used that to stamp the green leaves (she loved it!). She used her finger to make apples on the tree. Finally we used a playdough cookie cutter to stamp the letter A. We're going to make similar art each week and then turn it into an alphabet book.
She also enjoyed practicing writing, drawing and coloring in her workbook. I found the templates for the workbook here. I printed the pages and then put them inside clear page protectors in a 3-ring binder. Crayola now has washable dry erase markers, so she uses those and can redo the pages as often as she likes. Mouse has already asked to start on her workbook for this week's letter B.
For our cutting project, we used the A is for Alligator cutting sheet included in the workbook templates. This was a perfect activity for her. She loves to cut and paste!
Please keep an eye out for our Letter B activities at the end of the week!