Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Preschool Prep

We toured a preschool for Henry a couple of weeks ago and although he will not be attending, we decided to proceed with preschool at home this year. This has Henry in a huge frenzy of excitement! We went school supply shopping and when we got home he opened everything and packed it into it's proper places in his backpack.

He then proceeded to run in huge circles around the bar in our kitchen, trying to burn off that extra excitement that had bubbled over. It was adorable. I wish every kid got this excited about school! (And I hope he will always have a desire to learn like this too.)

When he finally calmed down, he refused to take his backpack off for almost an hour. He played in it, he ate in it, he even asked if he could go to bed with it on. Eventually it found it's home hanging in a safe spot until it's ready to be used.

Technically our first week started yesterday, but we've been working on a few things since last week. Henry has finished all the tracing exercises that were in his workbook and yesterday we decorated the cover of his journal for the year as well as hanging a calendar, weather board, and alphabet chart.

We introduced letters yesterday and today we are introducing shapes. Tomorrow it will be numbers and on Thursday it will be colors. Fridays are going to be field trip and service days for us so I'm going to try to keep actual 'lessons' to a minimum. Next week will start our actual 'lessons' as this week we're more or less just getting used to the idea of having a school routine and going over what we will be learning this year.

Thanks to Desiree over at Macke Monologues I have an awesome curriculum to follow this year called God's Little Explorer's that not only focusing on learning the basics, but also life skills, service, and the Bible. I'm adding more to the lesson plans (a color and number each week in addition to a letter and shape) and bending each week's plans to fit our needs. You can find out more about this curriculum here.

Overall I think it's going to be a great year! I'm really looking forward to documenting it. I find myself lucky in that sense: that Henry and I can not only learn together in this way, but that I will have that opportunity to be there to take photos and remember these early educational moments in his life.

How is school prep going in your home? Are your kids as excited as mine?

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  1. I LOVE his backpack! And his excitement! Your lesson plans sound like a lot of fun. I can tell you are going to do an awesome job teaching him everything he needs to know.

  2. And I am still in love with those boy's eyelashes!! :-)

  3. I love his excitement!! Gunner 'read' this blog with me and told me everything Henry was doing. We are doing good with meeting our 30 minutes a night goal! We go much slower so this week is green blue and the letter A. The letter A may have to go into next week lol

  4. I LOVE that you're using the preschool program!! And, so great to see Henry is so excited about school.
    I can't wait to see all the process you make.
    Happy Preschool to you and Henry!


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