Today was day 1 of the littlest lady, Miss E’s early preschool ♡ I wasn’t planning on writing a post today, BUT, we had so much fun, and took so many pictures. I couldn’t resist. I am excited to tell you all about it! 🤗
Please note: These activities are simply suggestions for what the author believes is appropriate for this age. Please use your best judgement and consult your pediatrician when you have questions or concerns.
She doesn’t officially turn 2 until February, but I decided to start her early preschool a few months early. I figured since the big girls take an almost 2 month winter break from their “hardcore” school work, this was the perfect time to begin some structured play with the little miss. As a home school mama already, I did not want to jump into a new routine and overwhelm myself. I definitely wanted to give us all some time to get used to this new routine with early preschool getting added to our day, and find the schedule that works best. Then, when the big girls start their school days back up again, I can sprinkle their daily activities in around Miss E’s.
This week she is beginning her preschool with Learning the letter E (the first letter of her name), The color BLUE, The shape of the CIRCLE, & The number 2.
After breakfast, we jumped right in. This is the perfect time to start while her energy level was up and she is focused. She started her day with matching the colors of Fruit Loops to the colors of the CIRCLES on the paper. While doing this we counted “1, 2,” (She loves snacking on these as well of course!)
So once there was no more cereal left after chowing down on all those colors, we began her very first Do-A-Dot worksheet. Yes, I said, work sheet. It sounds like no fun for the toddler age group, but I promise you she had loads if fun making her BLUE dots with her dabber on the letter “E” alphabet sheets I downloaded from This Reading Mama. She has lots of fun ideas on how to introduce letters to your little ones in fun ways they will love ♡
She tried so hard to get those BLUE dots into the CIRCLES 😄 I think she did pretty well!
After she lost interest in this, we moved onto a seek and find box!! She loved this idea so much♡ The tub was filled with cornstarch that had the letters of the alphabet buried in it.
After a little while, she insisted on some bowls and spoons to play in the cornstarch. This was totally okay with me as it helps with her fine motor skills ♡
Soon after, her big sister decided to join in with her…..because big sisters are awesome!
I will tell you, something really cool about this little lady. She has always picked up after herself to the best of her abilities. Almost 2 hours later, (yes 2 hours!!) she decided she was finally finished. So she put the letters back in the tub, put the lid on it, and trotted on over to the closet to grabbed her toddler sized broom. Yes, believe it or not, this little lady began (attempting) to sweep up her mess. #proudmommymoment
I can’t wait to make more of these themed sensory tubs in the future!
During the 2 hours she played quietly digging around in her Alphabet sensory tub, I finished another cup of coffee (YUM), cleaned off the kitchen table (due to our small house this is our meal area, school area, and craft area). Then proceeded to get the next activity ready for her so she can play “Feed The Turkey”. I thought this is definitely appropriate given the fact that this week is Thanksgiving. I found this cute idea over at The Busy Toddler!
She enjoyed using small plastic measuring spoons to Feed The Turkey.
She began matching up the colors of the pom poms and the spoons all on her own!!
I am sure we will be enjoying this activity the rest of this week 😋
While waiting for lunch, we all did our afternoon yoga, Miss E is a HUGE copycat! She always joins in, whether the big girls are doing yoga, practicing their ballet, tap, jazz, or even playing the piano.
Big sisters are the best!
You can see the black and white blur in the backround….Molly, our dog, gets hyper anytime we are on the floor. Haha!!
After lunch, while waiting for our neighbors to come over for an afternoon visit full of fun and crafts, we pulled out the colored Velcro Sticks! These are a hit! I love these even for traveling quiet time, while we are out and about! I found this simple crafty idea over at Tot Treasures!
During the evening hours, after dinner, while we are winding down for the day….She always insists on pulling the Play-Doh out. So, I took advantage of this by pulling out the BLUE container, and the NUMBER 2 cookie cutter…..we made NUMBER 2S and CIRCLES out of the BLUE Play-Doh to go along with the weekly theme!
She also insisted on matching her colored ball pit balls with a poster board cut out I had created last week for her. My phone was on the charger, so no pictures of her playing this evening with it, but here is one I took after making it, so you have an idea of what it looks like 😊
Alright! I’d say our first day of Early Preschool was a success!!! She had loads of fun! I hope you all enjoyed your Monday as well ♡
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