The one who said she was going to write 31 days…
Well, that didn’t happen. However, I do have something to share here, for a few friends to reference too! So let’s get too it!
We started the children on the 2 year curriculum, by ABC Jesus Loves Me. Now, I have the 3 year, but decided that going with the 2 year at the beginning would be better. Make it easier for me, and to give our 3 year old more confidence in what he knows already. Our 2 year old is catching on quickly as well, so who knows how quickly we’ll be moving them through the activities.
They are both enjoying the activities, and picking up so many words and phrases, outside of what we’re learning as well. On top of doing pre-school this week, we’ve been a lot more intentional about the use of their pacifiers. They haven’t enjoyed that aspect of it, however, their speech and enunciation has improved greatly.
So here are the basics of what we talked about over the course of this week:
We pointed out, or recited the appropriate things, throughout the day. After awhile…I think our 3 year old got a little annoyed with the repetition. However, he’s pointing to red things now, as well as drawing circles, without prompting.😉
Creation, day one. Night and Day. They were a little confused, it was a short activity with more prep for me, than actual steps for them to do. But we did talk about how God separated night from day, and it was good.
Creation, day two: Heavens and the earth, represented by the sea, in this craft. This one, they LOVED.
I’d been wanting to get them white oversized shirts to do their messier crafts in. So their Grandma got them, and we got to use them!! They loved this one, with the paint, the shaving cream, the cotton balls…they didn’t want to stop.
All of these color crafts, and then the shape. The last picture, they are building an Apple Tree Book, which will help emphasis counting. This is another one where they were confused. They wanted to go wild with the do-a-dot marker, but I had to explain to them they couldn’t…sad faces all around.
All of our supplies, their binders, my prep work, and my daughter checking out their vertical work stations…or herself in the mirror. It’s probably the mirror…
I’ve since added my own binder, to hold their assessment sheets, various ideas I have, and their ‘to be used soon’ sheets.
Daily, the time it takes to do the crafts, and talk with them, is about 10-15 minutes, tops. That includes my own prep time, so they are actually only doing the craft for about 5-7 minutes. It works perfectly for this age!
I also try to keep them standing, or moving around as much as the craft will allow. Their attention holds longer that way.
I’ve decided I want to add a few more things into their day, so we’ll be try a few out on Week Two, coming up Monday. I’m excited, but still need to find every thing, and get it ready.
I love this curriculum, it’s free, if you want to print off everything each week, or you can purchase it, and you won’t need to print anything. I purchased the 2 yr, and 3 year curriculum, and the workbooks for each.
I think it’s a really simple, yet effective way to introduce the idea of learning, and school, tailor it to the child and their attention spans, and still allow them to play and be pretty active.
Can’t wait for Monday now!! Mommy’s excited to be ‘back’ at school!😀