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...
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!