Reid started preschool yesterday.
I prefer to only have my kids do one year of preschool the year before they start Kindergarten. I relish in being my children’s first teacher and having them at home, since they are this small only once.
Reid has been different. Not only will he miss the cut off for Kindergarten next year by two weeks (so he’s soooo ready for something but just barely not old enough), but any attempts to do “mommy school” with him has been a struggle to say the least. So, when by some miracle he made it into the only preschool I’ve ever really wanted him to go to (it’s our amazing university program with a crazy long waiting list), it felt like the right thing for him…and us.
Even though he’s in school, I still don’t want to give up on teaching him here and there myself. My goal is to make it as fun and pressure free as possible. He tends to balk at the slightest bit of pressure when it comes to me, so I’ve been trying to get creative (and patient!) to keep things positive.
This time, I plopped a fat new bag of mini marshmallows on the table, sat down, and started copying this fun pin…found here.
He refused to come do an “activity” with me when I asked him to, but once he observed what fun I was having, he hopped up to the table and joined right in.
I’m sure the promise of marshmallows to munch on didn’t hurt either. :)
We got to talk about shapes, and colors (thanks to the multi-colored toothpicks), and do lots and lots of counting.
I didn’t let him eat all of the marshmallows in one sitting, so we divided the marshmallows up into baggies for him and his brother to eat after school…which provided more counting opportunities.
It was fun, and I sneaked in some mommy school time with him. :)
We stuck with the 2D shapes this time, but I hope to try this again with Owen and try some 3D shapes. I love activities like this, that are so simple, fun, and open up so many avenues for learning.
I’m also hoping to sneak in more mommy school time with Reid. It’s going to be a challenge but incredibly worth it!
Hope your day is awesome!
I’m really outdoing myself this week!…and falling asleep at the keyboard each night. :)