Friday, November 03, 2006

F week: Friday...oops

We didn't do preschool officially today. Oops.

But we did run about 6 or 7 errands on the way to play at a friend's house. And then came home in time to pick up a couple of other friends to come to our house to play. By the time they went home Connor was pooped so we had dinner, got jammies on and went to bed.

Connor was my BIG helper today. He helped me through all of our errands–returning things to friends, Buy Buy Baby for a gift and a non-slip bath mat, Staples for RS stuff, gas station, Post Office to mail back Nike's and the gift purchased at Buy Buy Baby, and Michael's for another gift item. It was a busy morning and I couldn't have done it (happily) without my great helper. Connor was especially cute at the Post Office. He carried in the bag with the big box of shoes in it and dragged it all the way through the long line (is it a rule that Post Offices must be understaffed?) and talked cheerfully to me the whole time. He's such a great kid. A good boy and a fun buddy to have with me on my errands.

We did teach Annika how to make the sign for the letter F and sang the letter F song, so that can count for our preschool on this busy Friday.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

F week: Thursday

Today preschool was short and sweet. We did our usual computer time and chart time and then we painted with fall colors. The paintings will be turned into thank you cards for Connor's grandparents who sent him fun Halloween greetings this week. Connor had fun painting and wanted to mix red and brown and yellow together, so it turned out kind of a pukey color. He's really into what colors will be made when two colors are mixed, so he loves playing with paint.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

F week: Tuesday and Wednesday


Halloween was a fun preschool day. We didn't officially do the daily preschool routine, but we did do our frog activity as planned. Thanks to Tania for letting us borrow her frog counters, we had a great time sorting and lining up frogs. Very educational too.

But we also celebrated Halloween, which is just as important to Connor's development as learning to differentiate and sort, in my opinion. We had an impromptu Halloween celebration at our house in the morning. Several friends (and their moms and siblings) came over for our usual Singing Time time and we did Halloween activities. Connor had fun sharing his game Pin-the-nose-on-the-Jack-o-lantern that he got in a birthday package from his cousins. He also really got into the books that we shared. They're just little ditto-paper books that Grandma Rama gave him (she was a teacher) but he's loved reading them and loved even more sharing them with his friends.


A great preschool day. I was a good mom on Wednesday. Despite my really busy day (doctors visits and flu shots for the kids, watching a friend's son, planning a lesson and tutoring a first grader, and meeting with the RS presidency at the church), I spent a lot of time really playing with my kids. That always feels good. I am making an effort to do that more and not always be trying to get something else done or thinking about what I need to be doing when I'm playing with them.

Connor and I spent almost an hour together while Abby was sleeping. We did our computer time and our chart time (making a new calendar for November and talking about events coming up this month). We talked about the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, using his flannel board book. He got so into it that he wanted to do all of the miracles in the book. It was great to just sit with my boy and talk about Jesus and teach Connor about the miracles Jesus performed when He was on earth.

Monday, October 30, 2006

What do you do for Halloween?

I just asked a friend how she celebrates Thanksgiving being so far away from family. She said they have steak with all the typical Thanksgiving side dishes. I love that! I would have never thought to "break" that tradition. But they just like steak better and she doesn't want to cook a bird.

How do you celebrate Halloween with your kids?

F week: Monday

Last night as I was preparing for preschool I was thinking, Man, this is a lot of work. Why did I get myself into this? But after the hour or so of preparation (for the next 3 weeks) I was done and ready for a fun week of learning with my boy.

Today was so much fun. We had fun going to Starfall again and checking the weather and doing our charts again. At Starfall we checked the Sign Language "book" (in the ABC's page at the bottom left) and it was great! It shows each letter and a cartoon girl shows how to make each letter while saying the sound. So, now we'll add learning the ASL sign for each letter to our weekly agenda. Connor already knows F.

We read a book about feelings today and talked about when we experience different feelings. Connor talked about how playing with his toys makes him feel happy. And he said he's not scared of anything. He feels sad when he misses Daddy or Nanajan. And he's excited for Halloween. I think it's good to learn to talk about our feelings. To recognize them and to realize that we can have some control over them. I really enjoyed snuggling up on the couch with Connor and reading and talking today. I've missed that.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

F week: plans

We're back from Utah. We had a great trip and had fun with family and friends. Now I have to get back to "normal" life...preschool, singing time, cleaning my house, etc. And I guess I better start potty training now that Connor's 3. If anyone wants to leave any potty training advice as a comment I welcome it. I haven't really researched and I don't know what I'm going to do. I'm giving myself this week to make a plan and then next Monday we start!

Here are the plans for F week:

word cards: fish, frog, feet, funny, fall
A Fly and a Flea in a Flue

A fly and a flea in a flue
Were imprisoned, so what could they do?
Said the fly, "Let us flee!"
"Let us fly!" said the flea,
And they flew through a flaw in the flue.

Monday (social studies/emotions): feelings. I have a couple of picture books that discuss feelings. We'll read these and talk about feelings.

Tuesday (math): math with frogs. We'll do counting, adding, and subtracting with frogs. Then we'll play "frogs in the grass!" if it's warm enough outside.

Wednesday (scriptures/gospel): Loaves & Fishes. Connor's Nursery lesson today (taught by Alan) was about the scriptures and he learned that there are stories about Jesus and told by Jesus in the scriptures. We'll read the story of the miracle of the loaves and fishes and "act it out" with his flannel board book. We'll review the story of the Good Samaritan that he learend in Nursery.

Thursday (movement/activity): fruit. We'll try a couple of different kinds of fruit for snack. And we'll play Follow the Leader.

Friday (art project): froot loop sand. We'll make froot loop sand (or probably fruity cheerio sand since we have fruity cheerios) and then make a picture with it. Wherever we stick the glue, the froot loop sand will stick and make a colorful design on the paper.

Other F words that might come up or spark ideas for activities: farm animals, fairy tales, fall, families, farmers market, fire safety, friendship.