|Lala's First Day of Preschool|
Today we had our first day of preschool!
One of my good friends and I got to talking a month or so ago about how we wanted to be better about doing preschool activities with our kids. She has a little boy just older than Olivia, so we got to brainstorming on what we might do for the coming school year. After throwing some ideas around, we decided that it would be the most fun if we did it together!
|Our little "classroom" in the playroom in my basement. We really are playing school!|
My friend used to teach kindergarten and I used to teach preschool, so we've both had a lot of fun playing teacher again while we prepared for all of the upcoming months of preschool activities. We've planned weekly themes, daily craft and sensory activities, and a myriad of alphabet, writing, and math exercises. And today, we finally got started with the kiddos!
It was a low-key day focused mostly on just introducing the kids to our preschool routine. We sang songs, turned a day over on the calendar, reviewed the alphabet, did a little writing (i.e. The kids held the pencils and we wrote while they tried to wiggle their little hands out from under ours.), and read a couple books. Finally, we topped the day off with our first "craft."
We have several activities planned to go inside their little composition notebooks, so today we helped them write their names on the front... and then let them go crazy-wild with stickers. Olivia had sort of a Jackson Pollock method to her madness. It's all about the process. And the layers. And putting as many as she can on the bottom right-hand side.
I figured that she gets my input on 99% of what she does day in and day out and I should probably just let go and let her decorate her little notebook with stickers however she wanted. While I admit I did have a couple weak "Ooh, it looks like we need a sticker over here" moments, she chose where to put most of them all by herself. I think the shooting star that's hanging over the edge and placed on top of the butterfly is proof of that.
All in all, the kids loved it. Olivia is so into learning already that I know she's going to have a blast with preschool this year. Learning + one-on-one time with Mommy + hanging with one of her favorite little friends? Talk about the recipe for a happy girl.
Hip hip hooray for preschool!
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!