For the past month I’ve been scouring the web and downloading lots of PDFs in preparation for starting school with the girls, at home. I finally decided to begin our trial run preschool/totschool on 12 August. I’m still working out the kinks of it and the how, when, what’s of the whole ordeal. But it seems to be going pretty smoothly, all things considered. If you want to see the girls artwork, head over to their section. I’ll be doing a seperate post about some of the websites I’ve downloaded packets from or have gotten inspiration, as well as posting all of the packets I used and how they turned out.
Aurora’s favourite activites the first week were leaf rubbings, the indoor archeaological dig and read/write the house.
Bellatrix’s favourite activities the first week were drawing with markers, leaf rubbings and painting with flowers.
What are all these amazingly fun sounding activities you ask?? Below I will do my best to explain them in a bit more detail.
Leaf Rubbings are exactly what they sound like. Get a leaf, piece of paper, crayon and a piece of tape or four, for the little ones. Place the leaf under the paper, tape the paper/hold it down, rub the crayon over the paper where the leaf is located, step back and admire the art you just created. Feeling adventurous? Grab a few different leaves. Rub more than one leaf per page. Rub with more than one colour on the same leaf. The options are limitless, well as much as anything is I suppose.
Indoor Archeaological Dig
Indoor Archeaological Dig is a fun activity to do on a super hot day, when actually going outside might not be in your families best interest. You’ll need a box, a substance to dig in (sand, dirt, or in our case…cedar shavings), some small items to dig up, a digging device (spoon, spatula, noodle spoon…my personal favourite), a bit of yarn/string (to mark off the quadrants of your dig, makes it more official looking and introduces mapping to little ones), a marker (to mark N, E, S, W on the flap of the box) and a paper to write down what the little one’s dig up. Put a few items in the box, cover them up. Mark off your sections with the string. Hand the digging device over to the wee one. Explain that when they find something, point to the section and you can tell them which section it is and where they can write/draw it down on their “report”. You may have to keep reminding them to mark down what they find, but eventually you can let them do it on their own and come back to see what interesting drawings they have for each item found. Aurora insisted on doing two digs in one afternoon.
Read/Write the House
Read/write the house is a fun activity I found in the preschool packs we are using from http://www.homecreations.com and http://www.1plus1plus1equals1.net. Basically it’s a fun activity to help your preschooler learn their words and practise writing them, while going on a treasure hunt. You need two lists of words. The first list you are going to cut up and tape around the house/room. The second list you are going to keep together and give to your child to use for their hunt. Aurora asked to do this activity almost everyday, without me prompting.
Painting with Flowers
Painting with flowers is just how it sounds. Literally, painting WITH flowers. Head outside with your children, collect a few flora specimen (we did this when we collected our leaves). Bring your goodies inside and talk about the different flowers you found. Once you’ve gleaned every drop of knowledge you can from the flower, it’s time to get dirty. Put various finger/tempra paints out on a “palette” (plastic plate). Place the plate in front of your child. Instruct them to use the flowers the same way they would use a paintbrush. Then step back and watch artwork in action. Or join in (I did!!) and see how theraputic it can be during a hot day.
Well those are the highlights of our first week. As I mentioned before, I should have another post up about each packet, where I found them and other activites we did during the week.
Have a beautiful day!