Thursday, November 11, 2010

Just for the record

Well, I did it.  I started.  Or, rather, we started.  Today was the first day of "preschool time."  I've gotta admit--it was pretty lame.  We read the book you see above (which she wasn't wild about) and then wrote letters on the little white board with lines (from the Target dollar section a while ago).

First I wrote a capital "A" and lowercase "a" on the white board with the dry erase marker and helped Olivia trace each of the letters with her little pointer finger.

That lasted all of about 2.5 seconds.

Then she wanted the pen.  Which I expected.  Which is why I had taken the precaution of dressing her in an old t-shirt I didn't care about.  She didn't write letters, of course, but I'm happy to just have her getting comfortable with scribbling in a designated area.  It's good coordination and (very) beginning literacy, so I'm down with that.  Besides, she's 14 months old.  I have realistic expectations. 

I was pretty impressed, actually, at how well she did considering she hadn't had much previous success with getting a writing utensil to make contact with the paper (or white board or whatever).

And then after about one whole minute she got bored and went searching for her toys that were hiding in the basket.  I tried luring her back, but to no avail.

So I decided we had had enough preschool time for the day and I gave it up.

But in searching through her basket of toys...

...she found more books.  :)  So we read (parts of) about five more books.  And then it was clearly time for a diaper change and a nap.

All in all, I'd say it was a lame, but successful start.  I've got some better and more-exciting-to-a-14-month-old ideas for tomorrow.  We'll see how it goes.

Oh, and one last thing.  I just wanted to add as a disclaimer here that I do not plan on posting about preschool time very often.  I'd love to share, but at least right now there's just no way I can commit to doing that on any kind of a regular basis if for no other reason than it's basically impossible to be 100% focused on Olivia and hold a camera in my hand at the same time.  Especially since by the time I go to get the camera she's usually busy doing something else than whatever she was doing when I left to get the camera in the first place.  So, anyway, this post was more to say, "I did it!" than it was to be any kind of "You can all look forward to regular posts with phenomenal preschool activities."  Because I think this post was proof enough that "phenomenal preschool activities" are not happening around here any time soon.  But, with practice, I'll probably be good at it by the time she's ready for kindergarten.  ;)


Find more fun and easy preschool ideas on the Preschool page.  You can also find them by clicking on the Preschool button in the header.  Enjoy!   


Kathy Haynie said...

Yay for Olivia's preschool! Good for both of you. :)

Josh and Alice said...

If you're interested in using a website this is one that she might like - which begins with teaching the letters and letter sounds and then moves up from there. When you're looking at a letter make sure you keep clicking on the letter or arrow (there will be little sparklies around it) so that you move on to the next animation. And you can have her repeat and try to say the letter or letter sound. Since she'll be able to probably get that pre-curser skill a lot sooner than writing the letters. If you do want to have her practicing writing/tracing another trick I learned to make it more exciting is either using elmer's glue or puff paint to write a letter (on a flashcard or sth), let it dry, and then it's a little more exciting for them to touch/trace than just a flat 2D object.

The British Homemaker said...

sounds like even a minute is worth the introduction for her :)

Jo said...

Right now, the big thing to learn is... naming colors, naming shapes, counting up to ten, and the best thing you can do for her right now?

Buy a box of fat crayons (or make some of your own by melting some crayons, there are tutorials all over the web), and buy a HUGE tablet of newsprint. By huge, I mean 18 inches by 24 inches. You can find them at any art supply store. Then put it on the floor with the box of crayons and start drawing shapes, and goofy animals, and whatever else you can think of. Or just draw random swirls and have her color them in.

Why? Because it will help strengthen her hand muscles, and prepare them for the day when she's ready to learn how to write. Coloring with markers is easy; all you have to do is just scribble a little and you're done. But crayons take a little more work, and thus are better at giving those little hands a fun workout. And if all she does is scribble and rub the crayons back and forth, that's fine, too. It can be a part of structured time, or just a free-form thing. The important thing is the interaction.

You're making me miss the toddler years with my kids! Good luck!

CK Morgan said...

we use a little white board like that all the time at our "school" Target usually has different kinds of flashcards in their dollar section that we use a ton too.