Building Relationships: Room Sharing

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Last week I began a series on helping build sibling relationships in our children. First and probably foremost we have to be examples to our littles. They watch everything we do and make connections between the relationships we have with the relationships they are developing. Read more about being an example in my last post

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Another way to build cooperative skills is to create opportunities for skill building. This idea might be met with initial hesitation but trust me it's not as difficult a process as it seems. A great way for little ones to spend time together is through room sharing. There's no question, small children have no concept of personal space which suits great when you want to put them together in a bedroom. They'll likely take a few days to adjust and then from there you may be surprised how well they do sleeping together without waking each other up. Our girls began sharing a room when Sadie was 9 months old. Macie Jane was just over 2 1/2. I think I held my breath for the first two weeks but I'm telling you, honestly, it really wasn't bad. Now they have the sweetest little conversations at night after we put them to bed. Our rule is they must stay on their own beds but we leave a small lamp on for them to read or talk until they fall asleep. (After falling asleep we go in an turn the light off.) I firmly believe this is a sacred place of childhood memories. There are times when they have conflict but room sharing provides the perfect opportunity for them work through it. Sometimes they need a little support from us but for the most part they can work through things on their own even at 2 and 4. 

What are your thoughts on room sharing? I'd love to hear your successes or adventures in teaching your littles to share! :) 

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Introducing Scissors

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Fine motor skills and tiny fingers can easily cause frustration. Giving our littles plenty of opportunity to use and move their hands in projects is a good thing! Play-doh, using writing utensils, sensory bins, etc. I've held off on scissor skills for Sadie so far because she's just two and I'm not sure she's ready. However, she lets me know just how much she wants a chance to try using them every time she sees Macie Jane using them. It really depends on the child when you want to start letting him/her use scissors and there are lots of great scissor options out there for novice cutters. For today's activity I had Sadie use a pair of zig-zag scissors. I wanted her to be able to learn the correct grip and practice opening and closing her hand, however, how much she actually cut wasn't of importance today. (Although, she did find a way to cut.)

Teaching Proper Technique

Cutting with scissors requires the skill of hand separation, which is the ability to use the thumb, index, and middle finger separately from the little and ring finger. The wrist should be vertical. It's the vertical wrist that gives little ones a tough time. To help the girls remember I draw a small smiley face on their thumb nail to remind them to keep the smiley looking up. It really works ...except now they keep asking for smileys on all their fingers all the time. :) 

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Here are a few of my favorite training scissors:

These are great because the wide hand opening encourages tiny hands to give them a try. No tears crying, "mommy, my hand doesn't fit!" They also have a spring to help the safety blades pop back open for little ones still learning about the open/close motion. These boast the added benefit of cutting only paper so you can rest a little easy knowing no one is going to be giving themselves and unwanted hair cut or that the furniture is safe. :) 

These are the pair of scissors that Macie Jane used. They're safety scissors as well. The blunt tip makes me feel better about letting my 4 year old use them. They do not have the spring to open the blades back up so these would be for a little one with more developed fine motor skills. 

Here's my shameless IKEA plug (you'd think I'd get a kick back from them. haha!) We love this set from IKEA. Those zig zag scissors are the ones Sadie used today. They are simple, safe to cut only paper, and the set is only $4 for both. 

Building Relationships: Being the Example

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Having three very small children in our home requires us to slow down a good bit. One thing we slow down for lately has been to take time and talk through relationship struggles- the girls sharing, understanding their baby brother, working through differences in opinion, etc. It's not always convenient but we want to help them cultivate relationships with one another. The majority of children aren't innately inclined to share, speak kindly, and help one another. If we want to cultivate these traits in our children we can help them by being strategic, making a plan, and teaching them. I wouldn't say these ideas are foolproof nor that they'll absolutely work in every family, but they are ideas to think about. 

The first and arguably most important step might be the most challenging. We have to be an example. Even when we're tired, frustrated, and at times selfish (speaking to myself here) we have to lay our desires down and choose to be kind, to share, or offer help. We've all heard it a zillion times, "more is caught than taught." They watch us and mimic us so much more than we realize. If I speak sharply I shouldn't be the least bit surprised to hear my 2 year old snap at her sister. When I refuse to share that snack I'm hiding in the pantry to eat they notice and observe that although Mommy says to share, sharing only applies in certain situations. You get the idea.

Obviously there's a balance between adult and child behavior/privileges but one thing that continues to come to mind is that a lot of what we are working on with the children, I personally am working on too. Maybe Macie Jane struggles with self control when she's feeling tired- I am the exact same way. If I'm 31 still struggling how much more difficult must it be for a 4 year old? This is where grace brings such freedom to the mama's heart! When I mess up and I'm not the example I want to be for our children I can admit it. We sit down and talk about it and what a great reminder it is that we need the gospel so very much. Jesus would never have needed to come if people could be perfect. Jesus came because we are not perfect and we need Him so deeply. 

Reflect:

Consider the character traits you desire to see in your children and evaluate yourself. Do you exemplify the same things you're calling them to do?  I'm not insinuating that mama has to be perfect to get it together. I am saying holding yourself to a similar standard you hold your children to is important. You'll gain respect and the love of your children more than you realize in this one seemingly small act. Pray and ask the Lord to help you see ways to encourage the great things your littles are already doing and areas y'all can work on together. 

Next week's post in the Building Relationships series: Room Sharing.

Homemade Puffy Paint

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Homemade puffy paint sounds a lot more messy than it really is. Actually, it's completely dry when you're done so the mess potential significantly declines with that alone. :) Here's what you'll need to make your own puffy paint- and personally I think the more colors the better! :) This recipe will make enough for one person so you may desire to double it for additional children or maybe do another batch for a different color? 

  • 1 tablespoon self-rising flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 drops of food coloring
  • just a little water to make a loose paste
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For this activity we found that using a spoon to drop the puffy paint on the letter D (for drop, drip, or drizzle) worked best. Here’s a look at it before and after going in the microwave:

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You’ll want to stay close by the microwave to monitor it and be careful taking it out because the flour mixture can get hot! 

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We took a simple approach with the activity today but this is one that could be super fun with lots of colors and creativity! I’d love to see your creations be sure to tag them with #littlelearner. Happy puffy painting, friends! 

Practicing Patterns

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Patterns can be tricky for little ones. Today's introduction to patterns is abstract and can be difficult for some learners while easy for others. It's helpful to try a variety of different methods for teaching in all subject areas- especially math. Here are a few of the ways we practiced patterning today! 

CLAP!

Our first method we're trying is clapping. I sat together with the girls on the floor clapped out different patterns. We'd do something like hand clap, pat my legs, hand clap, pat my legs, etc. I'd have them follow my lead. Then I'd ask them to watch and show me what comes next. Pat, clap, pat, clap.... and they would follow by patting their legs. We added other patterns with things like patting the floor, clapping above our heads, etc. 

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Blocks

Another great way to teach patterns in a more concrete way is to use blogs. Legos, mega blocks, wooden blocks, whatever you have will work. I began by stacking the blocks making a simple AB pattern. The girls liked seeing how tall we could make it ...until we ran out of blocks. :) 

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Beads

This one was hands down Macie Jane's favorite. That sweet girl loves beads! She was over the moon when I pulled them out! :) I had her add beads to a pipe cleaner to make an AB pattern. Admittedly, she enjoyed creating her own design more but she did great practicing AB patterns first and then went on to make her own creation. :) 

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Dot Page

This was Sadie's favorite. We used a left over dot page from a former week and I sat beside her going back and forth between different dot markers to create the AB pattern. Sadie is 2 and my expectations for her are minimal. I want her to be involved because she wants to be a part but realistically most 2 year olds will not conceptualize the idea of patterning- but some do, so yay if it clicks for your little! :)

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Again, patterns can be tricky. Don't let your little feel discouraged if it didn't click today. I have lots more fun plans for us this week and next. Stay tuned!  

Little Pea Play-Doh Mat

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Little Pea has to be one of our favorite books yet! It's just so cute! That precious little fella hates eating candy and is over the moon to be served spinach for dessert, how hilarious is that? Pretty funny if you ask my girls. :) 

Our math themed activity was inspired by the story and had the girls moving and creating all kinds of fun! To start out I grabbed a green container of Play-doh last time we were out at Walmart (only $0.50.) Then, I printed this simple but fun play-doh mat page. I slipped it into page protectors (only $1.00 from Target) and let the girls create and play. 

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To begin we practiced rolling a piece of Play-doh into a ball. This is easy for Macie Jane (4) but something that Sadie (2) is still working on. Play-doh is a great fine motor skill builder for littles. 

Next we placed that ball on the "little pea" at the top of the page and I had the girls smoosh it flat and talked about how a ball/sphere turns into a circle when flattened. 

Then I had the girls make three different sized balls and sort them into the correlating bowl- a big ball for the big bowl, a medium ball for the medium bowl, and a small ball for the small bowl. They made lots of little "peas" and filled up the bowls. They had a great time smooshing the balls into flat circles and then eventually the activity digressed to open ended play- not a bad thing. :) 

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Keep in mind that attention spans for 2-5 year olds can vary greatly but no matter which age that span isn't very long. Try to aim for 3-5 minutes of good intentional conversation/instruction and let them enjoy and have fun. More important than skills right now is creating safe and inviting environment for learning. You want your little to want to learn- make it fun and you'll be amazed at how much they pick up even if it's just 3-5 minutes! Children are incredibly smart and soak up more than we know! 

If you don't have the {FREE} printable Play-doh mat click the download below and happy creating! 

Weekly Free Printables

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Did you know you can get 3 free, new printables delivered to your email every week? One aimed for preschoolers and another for littler, little learners, and a  letter of the week activity.  They correlate with our curriculum or can be used completely separately. 

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How do you get these great printables, you ask? Sign up for my weekly email below and check your inbox on Sunday afternoons. Consider it your weekly pep rally getting you set for the week ahead! I only send [one] email a week so, never fear, I won't be spamming your inbox. :) 

This week's free printables are a trace and color shape activity, a letter O do-a-dot activity, and a play doh mat page for our Little Pea activity on Wednesday! Sign up for the email this week and I'll send them to you and you'll get 3 more on Sunday! And don't forget Unit 3: Farm is LIVE on Saturday! Details on that coming soon! 

Symmetry and Science

Well, after today's activity I've learned it'll take a little time before my sweet girl understands symmetry BUT it was great exposure to the idea and I think another symmetry experience or two and she'll get it. :) As with any activity we do this year always understand your little may or may not completely grasp a concept on his/her first exposure. That's ok and totally normal. Most of us grown ups don't get things the first time we do them either. I'll be on the look out for symmetrical items around the house and as we're out and about and I'll point them out to MJ when we see them. 

[see our Instagram stories for step by step pictures/video of this activity- @little.learner]

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Next up this afternoon was our carrot science activity. We started by exploring the baby carrots. Macie Jane and Sadie looked at them, touched them, squeezed them, tried to break them, and finally tasted them. Then we got all our other materials ready: a sauce pan and water. 

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Together we filled the sauce pan with water and added the carrots. We have a cook top so I had Macie Jane notice how the eye was black before I turned it on and then turned red when we began to cook the carrots. We talked about the red meaning VERY hot and to never, never touch- a great opportunity to talk about kitchen safety. :) I also had her notice the water was still and not moving.

After several minutes we came back to observe the carrots in the pot. Now there were tiny bubbles moving around and steam coming from the top. 

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After removing the carrots from the pot and letting them cool for a minute I had the girls go through the same explorations we did at the beginning (look at, touch, squeeze, try to break, and taste.) Then I had Macie Jane dictate what we did and add an illustration to her Science Experiment write up. 

It's been a full day of fun and now we're looking forward to a sweet weekend of family time and praying for all those in the path of hurricane Irma! 

Washing Fruits and Veggies

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Our unit theme this food so today we read the perfect food book, Go, Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre. It's  bright, colorful, and fun! We even learned about a few fruits we didn't know about before. :) 

As a hands on activity I gathered up washable fruits and veggies, filled a big bowl full of soapy water, and a few towels. We talked about where fruits and vegetables come from. My sweet husband grows a vegetable garden every Spring/Summer so the girls were already familiar with veggies being a little dirty when we pick them. We talked about washing fruits and veggies from the grocery store too. Then, they happily worked together splashing and sloshing the water to wash the food. 

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Once everything was clean and dry we sliced up a clean apple to eat for snack! Most kids LOVE water. Giving them the opportunity to help while playing in water is a great invitation to play! 

Fingerprints and Shapes

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Today's activities had both girls engaged and learning(...even if one woke up with a runny nose from allergies.. is it that time of year already?! ...poor babe) We started our day again with the calendar, reviewing our letter/shape/number of the week, we reviewed our memory verse, and read our Bible story. We started the Jesus Storybook Bible again this morning. Sadie wasn't feeling up to journal today but Macie Jane did. I've decide to have them journal about our Bible story each day and occasionally change it up with a prompt.

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After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carla we did our first Hands-On activity, a fingerprint hungry caterpillar. I helped the girls stamp out enough caterpillar segments for each of the girls so they could spell their name under it. There's something about putting your fingers in the paint that makes littles so happy! Both girls couldn't wait to make their caterpillar. 

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Our math activity today was inspired by our unit focus- geometry. This is a perfect activity for both big littles and little littles. It involves sorting, shape identification, and fine motor skills. It's a great cooperative activity too if you have more than one preschooler- perfect for practicing teamwork and accomplishing a common goal. :) 

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I hope your preschool days are off to a great start! If you have questions or if I can help with something always feel free to email me. hello@alittlelearner.com 

with love,

Carla 

Our First Day!

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We began our day with celebratory donuts. After getting dressed, brushing teeth, and making our beds we were ready to start the day! I set up a little calendar and pocket area in our playroom to begin the day. My thought was if  little (14 mo) Rutledge could walk around and play while the girls listen and learn we could get a lot done. As it turned out he just wanted to be part of the fun. :) We picked up and put back flashcards lots of times but all in all I think we covered exactly what we needed to. I just did the basics with them.  

  • read the month and the day of the week
  • added a calendar cover for the day
  • introduced our letter and it's sound
  • introduced our shape and color of the week
  • sang a song about the letter sound
  •  read our story from the book My ABC Bible Verses.

For littler little learners I wouldn't be concerned about doing a calendar quite yet. You could hang one and count the days but I wouldn't get hung up on months of the year/days of the week until closer to Pre-K4. Sadie follows along for exposure and if she grasps the ideas, great! But if not it's not concerning.

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After reading our story in the My ABC Bible Verse book the girls drew pictures of obeying on the back of their Bible verse cards. I'll laminate them and hole punch a corner for these to go on a ring. We'll do more with these as the year progresses. Stay tuned. :)  [Also they make the sweetest keepsake]

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After finishing the Bible verse cards Rutledge went down for his morning nap. The girl came with me downstairs to the kitchen table. Moving from place to place helps keep my antsy girls engaged and interested. 

As they got to the table they discovered their new journals were labeled with their names. How exciting for little ones to feel ownership and responsibility! They both drew pictures in the blank section about their first day of preschool. When they were finished I asked them to dictate their picture for me to record. 

Next, our hands on activity today was making a carrot letter C. We have several glue sticks but to enrich this activity I chose to just use one. This required the girls to practice cooperative skills, sharing, and kindness. Some days I'll give them each a glue stick (maybe when my patience and energy are in less abundance) and other days we'll use the one glue stick method to give a time and place to practice the kindness and consideration we're trying to teach the girls. 

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After that my Sadie but was done for the day! She got to hop down from the table and play with toys or books in the den. Macie Jane finished up her morning with a little handwriting practice and then she was done for now too! 

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We finished our last preschool activity  after lunch. Once Sadie and Rutledge were down to nap Macie Jane and I worked on her sight word activity. I was the most leery of this activity but I think it might have been one of her favorites. She loved the idea that she could read a word! I'm so proud of my BIG girls and all they will learn this year! 

I hope this encourages you and gets you excited for your first days too! Happy New Year! 

with love,

Carla 

Things We LOVE: Ok to Wake Clock

Things We LOVE: Ok to Wake Clock

Starting off a new year we want the mornings to be smooth!  Part of making our mornings smooth, particularly with a baby in the house, is starting our day at a reasonable hour. We all go through that awful phase when our toddler decides they want to wake up at an ungodly hour to begin their day- every single day- usually the same time as the baby begins teething. It's just tough and coffee, no matter how strong, doesn't seem to cut it. 

I'm starting a series I'll add to throughout the year on things we LOVE. Not an ad, just things that have helped me and I want to share them with you! The first thing I wrote about is our Ok to Wake Clock. ️

We bought our clock from Target after reading lots of reviews and spending many, many mornings trying to keep our girls in bed until at least the sun came up. It's not a quick fix and it requires training BUT once your little love connects the light with wake time I'm telling you life is SO good! :) Read more of my thoughts on the Ok to Wake Clock on the blog this morning. Any friends out there using the Ok to Wake Clock? What are your thoughts?  www.alittlelearner.com

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A Look into Our Day

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We have our supplies, you've downloaded the unit plans, we're set and ready with excitement. Now it's time to think through logistics. What will our days actually look like? 

Flexibility is the key. Some homes may thrive with a routine while others do best going day-by-day. Don't fall into the trap of thinking you have to fit into a mold. That is one of the most beautiful things about preschool at home- you can do activities around your schedule and when it suits your family best! 

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Today I'm sharing what our days look like. We are more of a routine oriented family so if that's not your cup of tea there's no shame in that. With that being said, we do have some flexibility throughout our weeks. We like to invite friends over to visit during the day (community is super important to the stay at home mama,) go to story time, and we are part of a weekly Bible study, etc. The following is the basic framework of what our days look like:

6:30- I wake up and spend time with Jesus and drink all the coffee I can while it's still hot

7:00- Children wake up/are allowed out of their rooms (We use the ok to wake clock.) make and eat breakfast together

Around 8:00 dress, brush teeth, make beds

Around 8:30 start preschool in our playroom. Rutledge (14 months) can walk around/play with toys/climb on all the things while the girls and I read our Bible story, practice our verse, and do flashcards. The convenience of the playroom allows me to close the door and keep my Rutter Butter baby contained.  You don't need a playroom to start your day. I'm just juggling 3, 4 and under. :) 

Around 9:00 Rutledge takes his morning nap. The girls and I read our story for the day, do the hands on activities and journal around the kitchen table. 

Around 10:00 we're done for the day. We still have plenty of time to do anything else our hearts desire (grocery shop, chores, visit the zoo, etc.) 

Sometimes if I can tell they're just not feeling it- maybe an activity is frustrating, they didn't get enough sleep, etc. I'll split the day and do one hands on activity in the morning and one after nap time. 

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Whether you're routine person or not it'll help you to think through what you want preschool play to look like before we begin. Maybe sit down one afternoon this week and process what you want things to look like for your family, pray, and give yourself heaps of grace. I guarantee every little investment you make in your little love is invaluable and we are sowing much more than we realize. I'm praying for you and rooting for you! Consider me your virtual cheerleader over here cheering, "You've got this! Go mama! Happy New Year!!" 

If you want extra tips and advice, sneak peeks on upcoming units, and a weekly freebie sign up for my new weekly newsletter. It's a once a week, pep-rally of sorts on Sunday nights to get you excited for the week ahead! Sign up below! 

Praying your family is enjoying this last week of Summer break! Soak it up, do something super fun with your kiddos and do something super fun for YOU! 

with love,

Carla

Unit Two- WEATHER

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You're probably wondering why I'm posting up UNIT 2 when we haven't even started Unit 1. Here's the deal, in order for this to work you'll need an adequate heads up on what's coming. I want to keep prep minimal (printable, using household items, etc) but one BIG thing you need time for Is books. I really, really, really encourage you to borrow the books we use from your local library. I don't want y'all stressed thinking you can't participate because you didn't get books in time. Hopefully by getting the list two weeks in advanced you can get those books on hold and have them at your house in time to start. 

Here's another thing about the books- one main idea behind our preschool play is exposure to LOTS of books. If for some reason the books I list aren't available at your library don't feel stuck! The lessons and activities are versatile enough that you can use any book in the wide range of our theme and it will suit just fine. Mamas have enough to stress about- don't let this unravel you. :) 

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This unit is also a little different because there's a small fee associated with it. My heart in creating preschool play and learn activities is to be helpful.  You are your little's first love and first teacher- soak that up and enjoy it. I'll plan and supply most of the materials that way you and your little can enjoy, grow, and learn together. To cover simple costs of creating the curriculum I added a charge. Each unit from now until May will be $5 during the month it's being taught. The $5 is a one time charge and you are free to print and use as much of the document as you please. This unit includes 22 full color pages, 13 printables, easy to read directions for 8 days of activities, organized planning to make your preschool playing and learning smooth and stress free and lots more!  :)  [Daycares and preschool programs please contact me for additional licenses for classroom use.] Once a unit is archived it'll be $10 but it will also include all write ups and extras from the blog. 

If you have questions or ever need support please always feel free to contact me at hello@alittlelearner.com or through the contact page. :) 

with love,

Carla

The Countdown is ON!

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Shopping for school supplies? Here are the basics of what we will need this year. From unit to unit we'll add extra things (food items, objects you can find on a nature walk, etc.) but here are the few things you'll want to grab before we start and while they're on sale: 

  • Primary Journal 
  • Pencils (regular not the fat/jumbo ones)
  • Crayons (again, regular not fat/jumbo)
  • Safety scissors
  • Glue Sticks (you probably do want a bunch of these)
  • Liquid glue
  • Construction paper
  • Cardstock (white)
  • Washable paint
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Play-doh
  • Tape

Additional items for UNIT ONE- FOOD

  • various fruits and vegetables- whatever you buy on your weekly shopping trip will suit- just need to be available to handle and wash.
  • sugar cookie dough- nothing fancy, we won't need it until the 8th day so no rush on this one.
  • Play-doh (If you can find green it'll match our book but not a big deal if it's a different color. My Sadie(2) will probably insist on using pink regardless of what I'm asking her to do/make. 
  • magazine- doesn't really matter what kind of magazine were going to chop it up on a hunt for pictures. :) 

It's super important to me that our preschool play is accessible for all families. It's my goal to keep activities meaningful and simple. I don't want one single mama feeling stressed like she needs to buy out the teacher/office supply store. I'd be willing to bet you have everything you need to teach your little already in your home. This is me promising to keep it simple and fun for your family! :) 

Can't wait to share, grow, and learning with you this year!

11 DAYS! 

Let's Get Ready for the New Year with a Check In

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Is there anything worse than finishing something and then wondering if you've accomplished anything in the process?! Before we begin our preschool at home this year we want to get an accurate picture of where our littles are at. This will help inform your choice of lessons and activities. It is always so eye opening to see what your little one is capable of and how much he/she understands. I call them "Check-Ins" because we're checking in on where our little ones are at in their progress. We will "check-in" three times throughout the year. Our first check-in is now before our school year begins. We will do a second check-in at the mid point of the year and then a final check-in in May. This always gets me so excited thinking about seeing all the progress our littles are going to make! 

Not sure how to do a Check-In? Don't worry I'll explain it all. :) First, you'll need to start by downloading my complete Check-In set (it's a steal for only $5!) You'll get the record form, color, shape, letter, and number assessment cards. As a bonus the assessment cards are reusable for future check ins and also make great tools for learning too. You could easily laminate them and use them for all kinds of activities and fun! They're bright, colorful, and engaging! 

After you've downloaded, printed, and cut out your Check-In set you'll collect all the materials and sit together with your daughter/son individually with as minimal (ideally no) distraction- maybe during the baby's nap, when the toddler is busy with toys or having a snack, etc. You'll keep the recording sheet in front of you and show your little the assessment cards one by one. This will keep ideas isolated from one another and will help prevent overwhelming your child. If at any section you notice your little one is particularly restless, stop and end that section. Make note that you ended early. (The technical term for this is "hitting the frustration ceiling"- and there's nothing wrong with stopping a section because your little one is feeling frustrated/overwhelmed- all the more room for growth!) **For younger preschoolers you may want to only do part of the Check In. I'd suggest starting with just colors, shapes, and reciting the alphabet. Draw a line through any section you don't use to help you remember you opted out of that for this Check In. Then add those sections on at our next Check In. :) 

Each section has a brief explanation for what you'll do and what you're asking your child to do. You want an accurate check in on where they are at so try to resist coaching them or hinting. Only record what they independently communicate to you- even if it's nothing. Keep in mind this is our starting place. It's ok, no, actually it's great, if they have areas to grow in. (Don't we all?!) 

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When you're done keep the record sheet somewhere safe to reference later in the year as we progress. I like to keep all my check in supplies together in one folder for easy access throughout the year. It helps to have everything stored all together too.

I hope this was helpful and if you ever have questions or need support always feel free to contact me! Happy Checking In! Click the button to find the Check In set in my shop! 

with love,

Carla 

 

 

 

 

 

Go Grab Your Books!

Although our preschool units don't begin for another couple weeks now is a great time to go ahead and put your books on hold through your local library. While you can certainly buy the books we use I definitely encourage you to use the incredible resources you have available through your local library. If you put the books on hold now you should get them in plenty enough time for our first unit. I'll always post our units a few weeks in advance for this reason. Our preschool is literacy based which means we'll need to have lots of books ready! Our first unit theme is food and here are the books we'll read:

Full Book List:

Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli by 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Go, Go, Grapes by April Pulley Sayre

Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Rah, Rah, Radishes by April Pulley Sayre

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Before We Eat by Pat Brisson