Monday, September 12, 2011

First Day of Preschool

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!   


Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

she looks so cute and grown up in that adorable outfit. Kudos to you for taking preschool on! I'm still trying to figure out that stuff...

Kathy Haynie said...

What a doll...hey, I recognize a few of those stickers...including the butterfly that got covered up. :)

Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

What a great idea for a craft! It's probably a little late to tell you this...or maybe a little early since it probably wouldn't make a big difference to her yet, but they sell those same kind of composition books that have the ultra wide ruled lines on the bottom half of the page and blank space for a picture on top. We bought several of them for Katie that we use for various projects...but I'm guessing Olivia mostly just draws on the whole page anyway.

Kendra said...

oh my goodness. Too cute!

Ange said...

love it!
JJ is getting ready for joy school and I meet with the other mom's tomorrow. I will look forward to seeing your ideas in action. Much love

Richard Condie said...

I love these pictures! How cute! Olivia is the cutest little girl! I love that you're having fun teaching her and that she is having fun learning.

Happy Preschool Days! :) Reminds me of our preschool days teaching together. Miss you!!!!!

Richard Condie said...

Oh sorry - that was me, Emily. :) Although I'm sure Richard would have said the exact same thing. Minus the part about teaching together. Hehe.