AppleBlossom is 29 months old.
Today we ventured in with a real attempt at “school”. We started out using our calendar (a work in progress). The board is a cardboard project board (~$2). The calendar set (including the Days of the week and Season/Weather chart) is Dots on Chocolate made by Creative Teaching Press. I bought both from a local store called The Knowledge Tree, but I have seen the calendar set on Amazon here. The color of the day is from Carisa at 1+1+1+1, and the Pledge is from Jolanthe at Homeschool Creations. Then at the bottom you see the flashcards – colors, shapes and Letter of the Week Bible verses – those are all part of the LOTW Curriculum I bought and downloaded from Erica at Confessions of a Homeschooler.
There are other features I plan to add once we’re ready for them. Now that I discovered that Carisa actually has newer printables I might change the Color of the Day, but I had printed and laminated this already before I found the combination ones including a movement, American state and more. I plan on adding Jolanthe’s Skip Counting Chart, and have space for it set aside, but I need to figure out how exactly I’ll put it up and we’re not quite there in counting yet anyway. Then later probably the days in school printable from her as well. Once again, just a little bit over our head esepcially since we’re not really on a strict schedule. I also plan to add the full date set up downloaded from Mama Jenn because I think having the date shown all at once will be helpful to my little learner as well.
So anyway, what we did. We sang the Days of the Week Song (to the tune of the Adams Family) and then Counted out the days on the calendar. We did Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow and then the weather. AppleBlossom chose a Color of the Day and the I told her the Pledge of Allegiance while pointing to each word. One thing I would change if I could start over is that I would truly laminate all the pieces to the calendar, especially the Yesterday Was, Today Is and Tomorrow Will Be pieces. After about three months usage they are so bent and messed up for an enthusiastic toddler. I wish I could fix that. Or if I could replace just those pieces I would. In case you’re curious. Things are held up by a combination of glue stick, velcro dots, command hooks and book rings. (All of which came from the local store, but I have seen on Amazon most of them).
Then I got out the LeapFrog Fridge Phonics thingy and the capital and lowercase A and we sang “the A says A and ah” several times as well as the ABC song. We also have the Word Builder, so that’s how we also have lowercase letters (including two d’s and two m’s so we can make mom and dad).
Then we worked on the Apple Lacing Card (LOTW) and the Apple Coloring Page (LOTW). We also started on the Color Cards from A Heart for Home, but she got frustrated and lost interest about halfway through. I assume we’ll go back to it another day and try to finish it.
So you tell me. I’ve taught older kids (2nd grade, and then various middle and high schoolers) but I’ve never taught PreK. I’ve never started at the beginning. Going into it, how do these coloring pages look? Is this typical for a 2-1/2 year old? I want to encourage her to color in the lines, but I don’t want to do it to the point of her not enjoying coloring. Before the last couple of months, her main coloring experiences were in restaurants with those cheap crayons where she was never pressing down hard enough and therefore never wanted to color. She’s just recently learning these are different (she really loves markers, but they freak me out a bit).
And and OrangeBlossom sat nearby knawing on her frog. 🙂 She loved that both of us were down on the floor on her level and talkative so close.
We’re also working on our My First Bob Books Alphabet series, which I’ll tell you more about that in a review to come. Right now she just loves grabbing book after book and demanding I read it right then and there no matter what is going on. (Oh what horror, a girl that wants to read! In this house? No way! *wink*)
After that, she begged for cheese, which is the sign that it’s lunch time and off we went. Now OrangeBlossom is sleeping in said chair, while AppleBlossom is whispering to herself and rolling on the floor in blankets. (I didn’t even suggest naptime!) Maybe that’s another great reason for morning school!!