Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Out of sorts

The best laid schemes of home school moms go often awry.

I had big plans for preschool. Caleb would finally get to have all the fun that Abby's had with crafts and letters and whatever else it was we did. But somehow I forgot that he's had all this fun before. He's played school right alongside us for two years. So now I'm having to come up with all new material. And trying to squeeze it into a few 30-minute chunks between helping Abby with kindergarten.

We've played Alphabet Bingo a few dozen times. Why he loves this game so much, I do not know. What I do know is that when he goes to bed sobbing because we forgot to play it one day, I've found a winner of an activity. There is a lot of Alphabet Bingo in our future.

And when push comes to shove, we work on basic skills, like sorting. Cleaning up the playroom is a perfect excuse for an exercise in classification and organization. I even threw some tape on the ground and made a real game out of it.

The results? A clean playroom, a happy preschooler, and a one-year-old who is finally starting to learn his colors. Mission accomplished.

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